UK Is Set For Two-Week Heatwave Which Could Make It Hottest June In Over 40 Years
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Well after a particularly warm May and a sunny couple of weeks this month, it looks like most of the country is currently enjoying a lovely dose of British summer weather (i.e. shite).
But don't lash your barbeques back in the shed just yet, because we're set to be hit by a two-week heatwave which could see temperatures rise to up to 33C, which would make it the hottest summer in 42 years.
Average temperatures for this month are already 1.7C above the usual and the first two weeks were the warmest June since 1976. Then Storm Stanley reared his ugly head and we got battered by rain and winds, but now he's buggered off, it looks like summer is set to make a welcome return.
Leon Brown from The Weather Channel says 33C 'is expected' in late June/early July.
While John Hammond of Weather Trending said: "Tropical air may send temperatures into the high-20s across southeastern parts.
"And it's probably only a matter of time before 32C heat reaches our shores." Break out he factor 50 and get ready to pull a sickie, because that sounds like perfect beer-garden weather to me.
According to the Met Office's long-range forecast: "During the last week of the month dry, fine and sometimes very warm weather is expected to continue in southern and central parts and this fine, settled weather is also expected for much of the week across northern parts of the country too."
But those in the northwest should make sure they've got their umbrellas to hand as they could be hit with short-spells of rain and possible strong winds.
Going on to July the Met Office's forecasters predict 'a good deal of dry and settled weather across the UK, particularly in southern and eastern parts, where temperatures are expected to be warm, and sometimes very warm'. Again, those in the north and western parts of the UK might see more showers.
Meanwhile, bookies at Coral have already cut the odds on this summer being the hottest on record to 2/1.
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Rainfall for this month is also down, which combined with high-temps will be a bloody nightmare for those suffering with hay fever, although apparently knocking back a gin and tonic might help and if not, well, at least you've had a gin and tonic.