Met Office heatwave warning as scorching African plume to hit this month

An African plume bringing a heatwave will scorch Brits this month, according to the latest forecasts from the Met Office.

The recent weather forecast for the heatwave on the Met Office website describes mercury increasing in the latter stages of August.

Heavy thunderstorms and rain at the end of July turned into a washout as Storm Evert battered parts of the country last week, producing ferocious gusts of winds close to 70mph across Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly.

Although Brits enjoyed a long heatwave last month, another is believed to be on the way as long-range forecasts predict another band of high pressure making its way to Britain.

Despite it being difficult to predict temperatures several weeks away, and the chance of the warm weather fronts moving direction or changing, there is an indication there is going to be a heatwave in August – so there is no need for Brits to give up on the summer just yet.

However, while the Met Office says that temperatures will be higher than average later this month, they are also warning it's perhaps too early to be banking on a heatwave.

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This changeable weather we are currently experiencing is set to continue into the middle of August, but long-range forecasts are giving some hope for the second half of the month.

The Met Office long-range forecast for Wednesday, August 18, to Wednesday, September 1, states: "Although confidence is very low through this period, a continuation of changeable conditions is most likely.

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"Some more settled weather may develop, particularly towards the north and northeast of the UK.

"Temperatures are likely to be above average, with the potential for hotter weather later in the month with rainfall most likely below average."

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

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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."

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