UK to bask in 10-day scorching heatwave this month with temperatures hitting 35C

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A 10-day heatwave is being forecast for the final third of July with scorching temperatures potentially hitting 35C.

The Met Office are being more conservative with their estimate of how hot it is going to get in the latter parts of this month but they still think the mercury will hit 30C in many parts of the country.

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Meteorologist Brian Gaze, founder of The Weather Outlook, told Express.co.uk that the anticipated increase in UK temperatures is a consequence of the severe hot weather seen in southern European countries over the last month.

He said: "The weather has been extremely hotter than usual in southern Europe, even by their standards – and some of that could be coming forward to the UK.

"It's certainly far too early to be confident about it happening but there's a possibility that it will turn hot as we go through the second half of this month in the UK.

"If we start getting that air drawn up from southern Europe, we could see temperatures climbing to 35C degrees and even a little bit higher."

The South East ismexpected to see the hottest of the late July weather, having recorded an official heatwave last month.

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Met Office meteorologist Alex Burkill revealed it is still difficult to say with any certainty what the weather will be like later in the month.

He said: "There are some pretty extreme headlines out there at the minute because some meteorologists have taken one model and run away with it. We use lots of different models and run them multiple times and they all give us slightly different stories about what is going to happen.

"The further you look ahead, the greater divergence there is between those stories. One model in particular on Saturday came up with some high temperatures for the middle of July. It's not out of the question but it's just one possibility out of many possible outcomes."

But Burkill went on to add that temperatures could reach 27C this Thursday and perhaps climb another degree on Friday, with the potential to hit the low 30s as early as this weekend.

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