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Met Office predicts another scorching 30-degree heatwave soon

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Met Office predicts another scorching 30-degree heatwave soon

Temperatures could hit 30C or more, with forecasters predicting a heatwave for parts of the UK. 

After Sunday the mercury is set to rise with parts of the country having several days of highs of low-to-mid 30s by the end of next week, due to an area of high pressure building from the Atlantic. 

Alongside the warmer days, we’re also not expected to have much in the way of rainfall over the next week or so - making it absolutely perfect beer garden weather. 

Met Office chief forecaster Steve Willington said: "We could see parts of the UK entering heatwave conditions if the above-average temperatures last for three days or more.

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"Many areas of the UK, especially the south will witness temperatures several degrees higher than average, but these values are likely to be well below the record-breaking temperatures we saw in mid-July.

“As the high pressure builds there is very little meaningful rain in the forecast, especially in those areas in the south of England, which experienced very dry conditions last month. Elsewhere in the UK, such as in northern England, Scotland and Northern Ireland, rain-bearing weather fronts will make limited headway against the high pressure, bringing some rain to north-western parts of the UK.”

Rebekah Sherwin is a deputy chief meteorologist with the Met Office, and has said that the temperatures this month won’t be rivalling the record-smashing highs we saw last month. 

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Sherwin said: “The weather pattern bringing next week’s hot spell is different to the one responsible for last month’s record-breaking temperatures which saw already hot air being drawn up from southern Europe adding to our own home-grown heat.  

“This time, that is much less likely; instead, temperatures will build steadily within the lingering area of high pressure.  

“There is some uncertainty about next week’s temperatures, although in early August sunshine in the UK doesn’t have the heating potential of mid-July as the sun is lower in the sky and the hours of daylight are marginally shorter. Both of these factors suggest that we’re very unlikely to see temperatures peak much above low to mid 30s. However, this would still be a hot spell of weather.” 

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At this stage it’s not possible to predict how long the run of hot weather will stick around for, but the Met Office says there are early indications that we’ll be having ‘more changeable conditions’ from the middle of the month. 

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Topics: UK News, Weather

Claire Reid
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