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Britain Could Be Staring Down The Barrel Of A Month-Long Heatwave

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Britain Could Be Staring Down The Barrel Of A Month-Long Heatwave

Let's be honest: the last few weeks across the UK have been pretty spectacular in terms of weather. While we're obviously getting closer to summer, patches of Britain have already been enjoying long dry spells and warm temperatures.

Well, not only does it look like those conditions are set to continue, but we could also be looking at a heatwave that could last until the end of the month.

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Yes - you read that right. A whole month of relentlessly, beautifully hot weather.

Exacta Weather forecaster James Madden told the Daily Express: "Forecasts into the start of the meteorological summer reveal a settled pattern of warm to hot temperatures with no give until at least mid-June.

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"We expect it to turn increasingly warmer through the first week of the month with many parts of the country basking in temperatures in the mid 20Cs.

"It could be rather muggy and humid with some variable cloud cover, but when the sun does come out it will feel extremely hot as summer gets underway."

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The average temperature for the UK across June is 16 degrees, so if we can expect something in the mid-20s then that would be b-e-a-u-t-i-f-u-l.

Now, we can only call it a heatwave when 'the daily maximum temperature of more than five consecutive days exceeds the average maximum temperature by 5 degrees', according to the World Meteorological Organization.

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Fingers crossed that this lives up to expectations because, let's face it, winter was utter shite. But while the warm weather will be greatly appreciated, it's forecast to be rather humid, and that could spell some intense thunderstorms like the ones we've been seen over the last few weeks.

The only thing that we should keep in mind when it gets hot in the UK is that while a lot of us bask in the sun (sometimes a little too much) and have a few pints, it can get dangerous.

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When the mercury climbs, it can cause the pollen count and air pollution levels to rise, meaning anyone with respiratory illnesses or breathing problems can have flare-ups.

Credit: PA
Credit: PA

It can also bring more tragic news - in 2016, the Office for National Statistics found that an astounding 1,661 people died on 19 July when the temperature surged into the 30s.

The authors of the report wrote: "Trends in provisional temperature data from this period show that there were higher than average temperatures around 19 July 2016, which may explain the peak in mortality at this time."

So make sure you look out for each other when the long spate of warm weather hits this month. It might not mean amazing weather all across Britain, as usually is the case, but at least the forecast shows that most of us will enjoy some sun and warmth.

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Topics: Weather, uk news, Pollution, heatwave, forecast

Stewart Perrie
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