Sun-starved crowds flocked to beaches and public parks last weekend to catch some rays and enjoy a splash in the ocean. Yesterday, the warm spell was interrupted by thunder and huge downpours, sending sunbathers fleeing for shelter. But weather experts say plumes of hot air are set to descend on the UK next month and will stick around for at least a fortnight.
The Met Office rarely uses the term “heatwave” but has done so in their prediction for next month’s weather.
They said from August 2 to 16 there will be above average temperatures.
In their long-range forecast, they said: “Into early August, warmer and drier-than-average conditions look likely to return for much of the UK.”
It adds: “By mid-August confidence becomes rather low, but with changeable conditions most likely.
“Above-average temperatures continue to be signalled for much of the period, perhaps becoming very warm or hot at times in the south.”
This week the Met Office has three amber heat warning in force in parts of the UK.
One warning covers southern Wales, the West Country and some of the Home Counties.
It will remain in place until tomorrow evening and warns of “high temperatures both by day and night”.
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They added: “Tomorrow, it will be another dry and bright day with extensive sunshine for all areas.
“A few patches of cloud may develop in the afternoon, but it should remain dry.
“A touch cooler.”
And as Londoners head into the weekend, BBC Weather experts forecast temperatures reaching 24C on Saturday.
The weekend will bring the risk of thunder and some showers, which may be heavy.
The hot spell for Britain comes as foreign holiday plans for millions have been thrown into doubt due to the Government’s Covid restrictions.
The next review of travel rules is set to take place during the first week of August.
All eyes will be on tourist hotspots such as Spain, France and Italy to see if they will make it onto the Green List.