UK long-range forecast: New charts show Britain to boil in 80F sizzler- week-long heatwave

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Summer sunshine and scorching temperatures are set to sweep across much of the UK from mid-July, with weather charts forecasting a seven-day heatwave from Friday, July 16. The latest maps show a sizzling 27C heat is forecast on the Friday, with the warm weather expected to continue until at least Thursday, July 22.

Temperature charts by Netweather show much of England and Wales turn a deep red by the afternoon of Friday, July 16, as the mercury soars to the high-20s.

The higher temperatures are forecast along the east of England, with highs of 27C forecast.

Northern England, Scotland and Northern Ireland is set to be a little cooler, with temperatures expected to reach the high-teens and low-20s.

The scorching heat looks set to continue into the weekend, with highs of 26C forecast in the capital on Sunday afternoon.

Other parts of England can expect the mercury to reach the low-20s, according to the weather charts.

Temperatures will cool slightly on Sunday with 24C forecast in the south east and the rest of England set to see the mercury just reach 20C.

But the mercury is expected to shoot back up again by Monday afternoon, with 27C forecast in the south east.

Elsewhere in England and Wales temperatures are set to reach between 23-26C.

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The hot weather is set to continue through the week, with highs of 27C forecast again on Tuesday, July 20.

Much of England will see temperatures rise to the mid-20s.

A similar forecast is shown on Wednesday, as highs of 26C are forecast across much of England.

Parts of Scotland and Northern Ireland can also expect highs of 23C.

The weather charts show the warm conditions are forecast to continue through Thursday, with 26C in the south east and highs of 24C forecast elsewhere.

Netweather does not have any maps that go beyond midnight July 22, so it is possible the hot spell will continue beyond this date.

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Netweather forecasters said the period from July 19-July 25 will likely resemble a heatwave.

They said: “This week is the most likely to feature a significant heatwave for the UK, with southerly and south-easterly winds likely to feature as the fine anticyclonic weather breaks down from the west, potentially pulling some hot air masses up from southern Europe and also creating potential for thundery breakdowns.”

The forecasters added: “Thus, much of the UK is expected to be warmer and sunnier than average this week, and possibly substantially warmer than average with positive anomalies of over 3C in some regions, though many south and east-facing coasts may be closer to normal.”

The Met Office said weather conditions are set to improve from the end of next week.

They said: “From mid-next week onwards, it is most likely turning increasingly settled with a good deal of dry weather, variable cloud and spells of sunshine.

“For the remainder of this period, there is a chance of warmer and drier than average conditions overall.

The forecasters added: “Temperatures are likely to be around average in the northwest and above average elsewhere, whilst south and southeastern areas could see conditions feeling very warm.”

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