UK weather: Met Office forecasts sunshine and showers
High pressure from the Mediterranean Sea is predicted to sweep over the UK during the middle of August following a drizzly start to the month. The latest heat maps from Netweather turn a deep shade of red to show hot air gripping Europe on Thursday, August 19, with France reaching sizzling highs of 36C. The maps then show the hot air moving upwards towards the south-east of England on the same day, as London, Kent and Essex are gripped by 29C.
Elsewhere, Yorkshire, Manchester and Bristol could also bask in highs of 27C.
Brian Gaze, a forecaster at Weather Outlook, also shared a map of red-hot heat sweeping over north-western Europe during the middle of the month.
He predicted a potentially “very hot pattern” to push towards the UK over the coming couple of weeks.
He wrote on Twitter: “European 12z setting up a potentially very hot pattern towards the end of the 10 day run.”
UK long-range forecast: Britain could scorch over the coming weeks (Image: NETWEATHER/GETTY)
Mr Gaze added August may start on a mixed note as warm periods are interrupted by downpours of thundery showers.
But he added the second part of the month could see some more “very warm periods”.
The forecaster said: “The first half will see 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.
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UK long-range forecast: Temperatures could reach 36C in France (Image: NETWEATHER)
“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.”
The Met Office’s long-range forecast between Thursday, August 19, and Thursday, September 2, added temperatures could soar “above average” as the month progresses.
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UK long-range forecast: Hot air from Europe could sweep over the UK (Image: WEATHER OUTLOOK)
The forecast said: “Although confidence is very low through this period, a continuation of changeable conditions is most likely.
“Some more settled weather may develop, particularly towards the north and northeast of the UK.
“Temperatures are likely to be above average, with the potential for hotter weather later in the month with rainfall most likely below average.”
BBC Weather also expected “summer-like” weather to arrive towards the end of August as high pressure potentially pushes over from the Mediterranean Sea in Europe.
UK long-range forecast: The south east of England could bask in highs of nearly 30C (Image: WXCHARTS)
The forecast between Monday, August 16, and Sunday, August 29, said: “High pressure may become more influential in the second half of the month, pushing lows away to the north and allowing for some warmer, drier, and more summer-like weather.
At first, mid-August will likely see a continuation of the unsettled, cooler, and wetter pattern we expect for the first half of the month.
“As high pressure slowly pushes northward from the Mediterranean Sea, low-pressure systems caught in the storm track and driven by the jet stream will be deflected northward too.
UK long-range forecast: High pressure could cause temperatures to soar (Image: WXCHARTS)
“Drier weather should spread in from the south, and this will also bring in a warmer, more tropical air mass to the UK.
“Temperatures should trend warmer than normal into late August, with some very warm or hot days possible if high pressure moves overhead for too long.
“If the high does linger overhead, a heatwave may develop as well, but confidence is low on this.
“Chances for heat increase later in the month, but high pressure will need to move into the correct spot for this to pan out.”