The UK is set to sizzle again, with the mercury once more likely to hit 30C in parts later this week, before we’re brought back down to earth with a bump on Friday (June 24).
The peak temperature is expected be on Thursday (June 23), with the South East enjoying the best figures, while it’s not beyond the realms of possibility that they could witness similar heat to that of the hottest day last when Friday (June 17), when it reached 32C.
Continental weather patterns are heading to Britain, although a cooler front from the Atlantic will probably introduce more “unsettled conditions” on Friday.
Met Office spokesman Grahame Madge told the Daily Mirror: “Certainly the pattern is that heat will again continue to build as we go through this week towards Thursday, which we expect to be the day of peak heat.
“We will expect the heat to build and reach high 20s, possibly somewhere with a low 30.”
Whether the nation will experience a prolonged spell of warm weather over the summer remains to be seen, with Madge hedging his bets.
He added: “Although we don’t know exactly what the weather patterns will deliver over the summer, it’s quite possible that we will get another hot spell or two, but there’s less confidence about when those will occur.
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“The outlook for summer overall is for the temperatures to be around average or slightly depressed, but that doesn’t mean that we won’t get the odd hot spell.”
After Thursday’s peak in the low 30s, forecasters are predicting “thundery outbreaks” coming in from continental Europe in the South East and East Anglia “before those fresher conditions really have a chance to push through”, he continued.
“We’re keeping a watching brief on that, we’re not planning to release any warnings. There’s a chance of heavy showers, and some could be thundery and impactful.”
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