Brits to bake through four-week scorcher with highs of up to 35C predicted
The all-time temperature record for the UK is 38.7C set at Cambridge University on 25 July 2019
Four weeks of scorching hot weather with highs of up to 35C have been predicted, according to reports.
Temperatures are expected to nudge 30C this week, before rising further throughout the month.
The news comes after the Met Office last month issued a three-day heart alert as the mercury reached the thirties.
The Weather Outlook's Brian Gaze told the Daily Star: “The mid-30s are expected, but 35C or higher would not be a surprise (this month).
“Some forecast models show extreme heat.”
Highs of 24C are expected Tuesday, with 25C on Wednesday and 28C Friday.
Coral has not cuts it odds to 5/4 on July being the UK's hottest month ever. In July 2016, the UK had a 24-hour average of 17.8C and peaked at 36.2C.
The all-time temperature record for the UK is 38.7C, set at Cambridge University on 25 July 2019.
The hot weather is perfectly timed for the summer holidays with most schools in England and Wales ringing the bell on July 22.
While Weather Outlook forecaster Brian Gaze told The Sun he wouldn’t be surprised if the UK got to 35C by then, the Met Office cooled those predictions, suggesting 30C was more likely.
“At the moment long-range computer models are suggesting an increased likelihood of very warm conditions during the last third of July," Gaze said.
“With parts of southern Europe experiencing extreme heat during the early part of the summer there is the potential for the UK to import some of that if the pressure blocks across Europe and the North Atlantic fall into the right places.
“Temperatures in the UK reached 32.7C earlier this month and typically the hottest weather of the summer comes in July or August."
Gaze added that in recent years periods of extreme heat had become more common in the UK. For context he told the newspaper that the "hottest day in the entire decade of the 1980s was 34.4C".
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