UK weather: Subtropical heat surge to save August with sweltering 30C bank holiday highs

UK weather: Subtropical heat surge to save August with sweltering 30C bank holiday highs

The mercury is about to surge thanks to a tropical heatwave travelling from Spain up to the UK as Britain prepared to write-off what began as a promising start to a much-anticipated summer. Instead, the UK has been plagued by 60mph gusts, torrential downpours, a months’ rain in more than one 48-hour period and plunging temperatures many would expect to see in autumn. But from as early as Monday, that will all change.

High pressure from Spain will bring in subtropical air the Azores, which will climb through England and Wales and up through to Northern Ireland and Scotland the day after, the Met Office reports.

And it gets better.

The scorching weather will remain in the UK for the final week of August and the first two weeks of September.

The north will see the odd short shower here and there, but temperatures in the high 20s and early 30s will stay throughout a three-week sunny spell.

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The mercury is about to surge thanks to a tropical heatwave travelling from Spain (Image: METOFFICE)

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The heavy winds will come to a welcome halt tomorrow afternoon (Image: METOFFICE)

Met Office forecaster John Hammond said temperatures are likely to exceed 30C.

He said: “Summer lurched from hot to cool and wet, but warmer weather in time for the Bank Holiday will lift the mood of weather-beaten Brits.

“Temperatures should be not far from 30C for some at the end of August.”

Met Office forecaster Greg Dewhurst added: “There’s an improvement after wet and windy weather, with plenty of sunny spells through the next week and 25C possible by the Bank Holiday weekend.

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Britain is set to become balmy again from Monday (Image: GETTY)

“Low pressure clears from Monday and high pressure slowly builds, with a southerly flow possible, with fewer showers in the South and East while the North and West remain less settled.

“High pressure looks like dominating in the last week of August, with mainly settled conditions and the mid-20s possible.”

Sarah Kent, also a Met Office forecaster, added: “August 31 to September 14 has signs high pressure will increasingly dominate. Temperatures are likely to be warmer than average.”

And Weather Outlook forecaster Brian Gaze said: “August has been shocking but summer is poised to be rescued by high pressure pulling up subtropical air from the Azores by the Bank Holiday weekend.

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The UK has been plagued by 60mph gusts, torrential downpours, a months’ rain (Image: GETTY)

“Highs approaching 30C are expected into September.”

This August has seen more than 315mm of rain batter Britain.

This means this month is the wettest August on record since 2012, when the total amount of rainfall was 379mm.

Exacta Weather forecaster James Madden 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.

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Highs of 30C are expected on the August bank holiday (Image: GETTY)

“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.”

Until then, this weekend will see the August weather deluge continue.

There will be heavy showers across Scotland and Northern Ireland but the south of England and Wales will have a brighter start to Sunday.

Met Office meteorologist Sophie Yeomans said: “It will feel quite fresh in the breeze as we head through Saturday with sunny spells across England and Wales.

“In some parts of western Scotland and Northern Ireland the showers could become quite heavy at times.

“We could even hear the odd rumble of thunder. Across England and Wales a few showers will develop into the afternoon.”

The heavy winds will come to a welcome halt tomorrow afternoon, paving the way for the heatwave.

Published at Sat, 17 Aug 2019 19:32:00 +0000