July heatwave: When to expect hot weather and how long it will last
After the sun teased Brits earlier this month with a few days of blistering sunshine, it's back with a vengeance, and experts predict a "dry" month ahead.
While temperatures hit over 30C this month, the UK is set for more sunshine as we enter July. The Met Office has predicted "settled, dry and fine weather" for the month, with temperatures expected to peak throughout.
Here's what we know so far:
Anyone with a smartphone has no doubt already looked at the week ahead. But as a refresher, we are expecting dry spells throughout the week with bouts of rain, particularly on Friday (July 1).
But things are looking up for the weekend, according to Senior meteorologist at British Weather Services, Jim Dale.
"The situation will be improving on Sunday (July 3) and warming up again into the following week with high temperatures of 30C in southeast England based on current trends," he told The Express.
From July 3 to July 12, southern and eastern parts of the UK will experience "a good deal of dry and sunny conditions." The north will continue with its cool temperatures until the end of next week, at which point temperatures are expected to peak above average. At the same time, the south and east will get "rather warm."
In the wake of notably high June temperatures in western Europe, Met Office scientists have calculated that the chances of a record breaking June monthly temperature across western Europe have become over 10 times more likely in just 20 years.
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As the UK nears mid-July, the weather will become "settled, dry and fine", according to the Met Office's long forecast. But if you're hoping for the kind of sun that has just about everyone moaning, then be sure to book some time off towards the end of the month. It's looking particularly toasty then, with the heat carrying over into August.
"Temperatures are likely to trend near or above average initially and may become widely warm towards the end of the month, especially across the south," they wrote.
The Met Office has not yet reported on potential heatwaves, but Leon Brown of The Weather Company said: "More heatwaves imported from the continent to the UK are forecast this summer, each reaching at least 28C - and likely higher - and each lasting several days."
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