UK hot weather forecast: Heat to sizzle Britain until September as lightning storms halted

BBC Weather: Europe forecast continued heatwave conditions

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August has started on a miserable note as the UK has been battered by heavy downpours of rain and thunderstorms this week. The Met Office has also issued yellow warnings for thunderstorms across most of Scotland, Northern Ireland, northern England and North Wales this weekend. Temperatures are expected to plummet to around 14C in the Shetland Isles and Northern Ireland tomorrow as well.

However, Tyler Roys, senior meteorologist and lead European forecaster at AccuWeather, predicted a change in the air during the second half of August.

He added temperatures could soar to 27C following a drizzly start to the month, with the warm air potentially sticking around until September.

He told “Within the next 15 days temperatures are largely going to be near normal across the UK, at around 22C, with maybe one or two days in which much of the Midlands, southern England and southern Wales gets maybe near 27C.

“For the rest of August, temperatures across the UK will continue to largely remain normal at around 22C.

“There is low potential for any heat above 27C during this month.

“As we head into September, temperatures will likely remain near normal at around 20C.

“There could be a couple of days in which temperatures might peak at 24C.”

At the moment, the latest heat maps from Netweather show hot air hitting southeastern parts of England towards the end of August.

On Thursday, August 19, London, Kent and Essex could all see highs 23C, while Doncaster, Birmingham and Bristol all see 22C.

Further north, Leeds and Manchester could also be hit with 20C.

BBC Weather’s long-range forecast between Monday, August 16, and Sunday, August 29, added warm air could linger until the end of August.

The forecast said: “High pressure may become more influential in the second half of the month, pushing lows away to the north and allowing for some warmer, drier, and more summer-like weather.

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“As high pressure slowly pushes northward from the Mediterranean Sea, low pressure systems caught in the storm track and driven by the jet stream will be deflected northward too.

“Drier weather should spread in from the south, and this will also bring in a warmer, more tropical air mass to the UK.

“Temperatures should trend warmer than normal into late August, with some very warm or hot days possible if high pressure moves overhead for too long.

“If the high does linger overhead, a heatwave may develop as well, but confidence is low on this. Chances for heat increase later in the month, but high pressure will need to move into the correct spot for this to pan out.”

The Met Office also said hotter weather could arrive at the end of the month, although there may still be a risk of thundery conditions due to humid air.

The long-range forecast between Friday, August 20, and Friday, September 3, said: “Although confidence is very low through this period, a continuation of changeable conditions is most likely.

“Some more settled weather may develop, particularly towards the north and northeast of the UK.

“Temperatures are likely to be above average, with the potential for hotter weather later in the month with rainfall most likely below average.”

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