Weather warning as African plume to scorch UK in fresh heatwave this month

The UK is set to experience another heatwave this month – with temperatures reaching the high 20s.

Forecasters have said an African plume is expected to bring soaring temperatures – a welcome change from the country's recent thunderstorms.

Met Office spokesperson Nicola Maxey warned "hotter spells" could develop as we get into the second half of August.

She said: "The start of the month is expected to remain changeable with temperatures most likely close to normal for the time of year or slightly below.

"During the second half of the month, there is a tentative signal for more settled conditions to develop with high pressure becoming slightly more likely.

"If this does occur we could see drier conditions, although there is still the risk of showers or thunderstorms at times, and temperatures could warm up from the middle of the month, giving an increasing chance some hotter spells could develop.

"It is too early to say if these temperatures will reach heatwave thresholds."

The BBC's long-range forecast currently predicts unsettled weather for the next few weeks.

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It said: "We anticipate low pressure will be in charge across northern Europe for the next few weeks, keeping the UK weather unsettled, wetter, and cooler than normal for late summertime.

"However, later in August, there are some encouraging signs for more influential high pressure, at least for a few weeks, bringing some drier and warmer weather.

"This does come with a slight chance of a late-summer heat wave, but at the moment this is only a risk."

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However, this week people should expect "some heavy, and perhaps thundery, showers" with rainfall breaking out across England and Wales.

The Environment Agency currently has one flood warning, meaning flooding is expected and immediate action should be taken, for Buxted in East Sussex.

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