Britain could be set to bask in a blast of heatwave conditions within days with the mercury surging to more than 30C, weather maps suggest.
A plume of hot air will be rising from the south within days bringing with it hotter and drier conditions after a washout start to August.
According to data from WXCharts, Brits won’t have to escape to southern Europe to find better weather as much of the south soast is expected to have sunnier conditions.
This week, temperatures peaked at 28C in the UK after a wetter and cooler start to August. At the same time record-breaking temperatures have been recorded around the Mediterranean.
June was the hottest on record for the UK, but both July and early August have seen below average temperatures.
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Met Office Deputy Chief Meteorologist Rebekah Sherwin said after an unsettled weekend there were signs of warmer weather on the way for Britain.
She said: “While there’s an unsettled outlook for this weekend and the start of next week, our long-range models are starting to signal the possibility of some warmer, more settled, weather developing later next week.
“What we’re seeing in our ensemble forecasts for later next week is a likelihood of some warmer weather developing, at least for parts of the UK.
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“The most likely scenario is for high pressure to the east and low pressure to the west, which would allow a southerly flow to develop and draw warmer air from continental Europe over the UK.
“With this scenario, temperatures into the low 30s Celsius are possible in the southeast towards the end of next week or over the weekend.
“What’s less clear from our models is how far north this warmth may spread from the southeast, how long it will last and the exact dates that warmer weather might exert its influence.”
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The Met Office insisted the weather signals are not similar to “that of the record-breaking temperatures the UK experienced last summer” – so a 40C heatwave is not coming.
The national weather agency explained it is unclear whether the upcoming warm spell will constitute a heatwave, as a heatwave must “reach specific thresholds for three consecutive days”.
“At present, it’s unclear how long-lasting any warmer weather might be later next week and it could fall short of the heatwave threshold in any given place,” the Met Office told the Daily Star.
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