Brits will soon be able to bake in soaring temperatures as a heatwave returns to the UK this week. After a wet month so far, summer will make a comeback with blazing sunshine and temperatures towards 30C. The predicted burning weather could see the warmest August bank holiday Monday on record.
The so far warmest August Bank Holiday was recorded in 2017, when temperatures of 28.2C hit parts of the nation.
According to bookmakers, this record could be beaten as odds have been cut on temperatures rising to 30C or higher in the UK this weekend.
Odds are now at just 2/1 for a new weather record, bookies Coral reports.
Spokesman for the company Harry Aitkenhead said: “We’ve had some horrible weather but it looks like we are finally beginning to see a change in our fortunes.
“The sun is on its way back out and we have cut the odds on 30 degrees or higher being reached over the Bank Holiday weekend.”
A swathe of tropical air shows signs of sweeping in from the west and arrive in the UK just before the start of September.
Maps at weather service wxcharts also see temperatures skyrocket in South East England this weekend.
James Madden, forecaster for Exacta Weather, said: “The second half of August is likely to deliver a much more settled weather pattern compared to what we have seen over the past few days.
“While above-average temperatures are expected through the run up to September, it will only take a small nudge in the right direction for Britain to get something much hotter.
“Through the second half of this month we are likely to see temperatures rocket sending the country into a heatwave frenzy.”
Former BBC and Met Office forecaster John Hammond of weathertrending said temperatures could reach 30C at the end of the month.
According to the Met Office, temperatures will be “above average” and high pressure will bring “settled weather and warmer conditions” during the remainder of the month.
Met Office forecaster Nicola Maxey told Express.co.uk on Monday: “There is currently a high pressure building and we could see dry weather in the south as the weekend approaches.
“However, there appears to be a north-south split, which means we could also see unsettled weather in northern parts of the UK.
“Temperatures in the southeast will likely reach mid-20s leading up to the weekend.
“There is great uncertainty in the weather forecast at this time of year, but if the high pressure continues into Bank Holiday Monday, temperatures could climb to 28 or 29C.”
Published at Tue, 20 Aug 2019 07:23:00 +0000