August heatwave: Will UK temperatures soar again next month?

Britain broke into potentially record-breaking hot weather this week, triggering an amber warning for extreme heat.

The heat wave is expected to end with thunderstorms over much of England and Wales this weekend Met Office warned.

But forecasters have said hot and dry conditions are likely to return by the middle of next month.

The agency said predicting another heatwave would be unwise because long-range forecasts do not speak of accurate temperatures.

“Early next week it looks like there will be some unstable weather over large parts of the UK, particularly in the eastern regions,” Met Office spokesman Stephen Dixon said. independent.

“Looking ahead, from August 5, mixed conditions are most likely looking, with no specific weather conditions.

“It is likely that from that date, there will be a period of some drought and some showers and rains.

“But as we move toward mid-August, it is likely that more settled and drier conditions will develop.”

Mr Dixon cautioned that the accuracy of the forecasts so far was not guaranteed in the future, but said it looked like warm and drier conditions would develop over much of the UK.

“This does not translate into a specific prediction of another heatwave, but it is possible that warmer conditions will develop,” he said. “It looks like it will be warmer than the average for the month.

“The average for the whole UK is 19C, so warmer than average could mean lower 20s. This is looking like above average for mid-August in terms of temperatures, but obviously over that long range the forecast is higher. Is uncertain.

On Tuesday, England reached its hottest temperature of the year – 32.2C recorded at Heathrow Airport in west London.

The Met Office said the mercury rose to 31.1C in North Wyke, Devon, on Wednesday, while a provisional all-time record was set for Northern Ireland when 31.3C was logged in Castlereagh, Co Tyrone.

This comes days after the previous record of 31.2C was set in Ballyvaticock, Co Down on Saturday.

Scotland saw a top temperature of 28C in Eskdalmuir on Wednesday, while Usk in Wales recorded 30.8C.

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