UK weather: Met Office forecasts ‘warm and humid’ conditions
High pressure could send temperatures soaring next month following a wet and windy end to July. The latest heat maps from Netweather show red hot air sweeping over south-eastern regions during the middle of August, with London, Leeds and Kent basking in 26C on Sunday, August 8. Temperatures could rise even further a few days later as the maps show a scorching 31C hitting Norwich on Friday, August 13.
Elsewhere, Essex could bake in 30C while London, Cambridge, Peterborough and Doncaster see 28C on the same day.
Brighton, Southampton and Portsmouth could be hit with 25C and Sheffield is likely to see 27C.
Met Office spokeswoman Nicola Maxey predicted “hotter spells” to grip the nation next month.
She told Express.co.uk: “The start of the month is expected to remain changeable with temperatures most likely close to normal for the time of year or slightly below.
UK heatwave forecast: Temperatures could reach 31C next month (Image: NETWEATHER/GETTY)
“During the second half of the month there is a tentative signal for more settled conditions to develop with high pressure becoming slightly more likely.
“If this does occur we could see drier conditions, although there is still the risk of showers or thunderstorms at times, and temperatures could warm up from the middle of the month, giving an increasing chance some hotter spells could develop.
“It is too early to say if these temperatures will reach heatwave thresholds.”
The BBC’s long-range forecast predicted high pressure to sweep warmer tropical air into the UK as the month progresses.
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UK heatwave forecast: The highest temperatures could hit the south-east (Image: NETWEATHER)
However, next month is predicted to see mixed conditions, with “drier, sunnier weather” lingering during the second part of the month.
The forecast between Monday, August 9, and Sunday, August 22, said: “More frequent Atlantic weather fronts will keep things changeable day-to-day, with some warmer and drier spells likely, although they may be fleeting.
“This is still a cooler pattern with more frequent north-west winds dragging in air from nearer Iceland and Greenland. Between fronts will be the best time for warmer and drier conditions with short-lived ridges of high pressure move in from the southwest and bring more tropical air.
“Late in August the forecast become a little more tricky with a growing potential for high pressure to be more influential.
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UK heatwave forecast: High pressure to sweep warmer tropical air into the UK (Image: WXCHARTS)
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“The latest computer model guidance favours a continuation of low pressure over the UK through the end of August, but this is a bit at odds with some of the signals we’re seeing from the northern hemispheric weather patterns.
“To complicate things further, the UK is sat on the boundary between expected low pressure and high pressure.
“We expect that low pressure will be shifting more to the north of Europe later in August which should gradually allow for high pressure to dry things out and bring some warmer, sunny days for late August.
“This should be a slow process, but for the second half of the month we are forecasting a greater likelihood of some drier, sunnier weather.”
UK heatwave forecast: “Sunnier weather” could linger during the second part of the month (Image: WXCHARTS)
Brian Gaze, a forecaster at Weather Outlook, added “very warm periods” could arrive as the month progresses.
He said: “In the first half of August, mixed with showers or longer periods of rain but also warm and fine spells. The driest weather will probably be in the south and east, but a heightened risk of heavy showers or thunderstorms means local variations could be large.
“Temperatures should be above average when aggregated over the period as a whole. In the second half, the chance of settled and very warm periods increases.
“Showery spells of rain are still probable, particularly in the north and west.”