BBC Weather: Europe forecast scorching temperatures
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Britons enjoyed the hottest day of the year earlier this month when the mercury soared above 28C on June 14, before widespread thunderstorms and unsettled conditions moved in. But, the balmy summer conditions are on course to return early next month as the latest weather charts turn red hot.
Temperatures are poised to slowly climb above the high-teens towards the end of June, before shooting towards 30C in the first week of July.
The latest maximum temperature charts produced by Netweather predict the mercury will reach the mid-20s for much of the UK, with highs of 26C in the south of England on Saturday, July 3.
The sweltering conditions are set to engulf the UK for much of the following week as the mercury continues to climb.
Maps show the warm weather will become more widespread across the UK on Monday, July 5, as temperatures are forecast to hit 24C in the Midlands and even 25C in the North.
The UK heatwave has the potential to surpass the hottest temperature recorded in 2021, as maximum temperature charts predict highs of 28C in the south east of England on Tuesday, July 6.
The searing heat has turned the charts a deep-shade of red across large areas of England.
The UK heat blast is set to move further eastwards on Wednesday, July 7, with above-average temperatures of at least 27C predicted in those areas.
Elsewhere, the mercury is on course to dip into the low 20s, before the heatwave bounces back over the UK in the next 24 hours.
On Thursday, July 8, hot air from the continent is poised to send thermometers surging once more with highs of 28C forecast in the south, 25C in the north east and 23C in Wales by 6pm.
The hottest day of the year was recorded on June 14 when the Met Office measured 28.6C (83.48F) at London’s Heathrow Airport.
The BBC weather outlook from July 5 to July 18 has forecast an “elevated risk of heatwaves”.
The long-range forecast says low pressure with unsettled conditions is set move further north, before the Atlantic sends “more transient high pressure systems across the British Isles into northern Europe at times”.
It adds: “Computer models are persistent on developing a strong area of high pressure over Scandinavia by mid-July.
“This would be a very warm pattern overall and lead to a potential for heatwaves.
“However, the computer models have performed rather poorly in recent months with their pressure forecasts, thus causing the chances for developing hot weather to be a bit overinflated.
“A more realistic scenario with a cooler pattern to be interrupted by warm, dry spells is favoured, as the high pressure remains stationed over the Atlantic and struggles to build into Europe.
“There is a 30 percent risk that the high pressure builds strongly into Europe, which would lead to warmer weather along with an elevated risk of heatwaves.”
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The Met Office long-range forecast from June 29 to July 8 also expects “very warm and humid days” with a chance on thundery outbreaks.
It said: “However, there are signals for some brief unsettled periods with southern and eastern areas seeing showers, possibly heavy and thundery, and more prolonged rain in the northwest.
“Temperatures are likely be above normal, with the potential for some very warm and humid days in the south.”
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