UK hot weather forecast: Blistering 35C Mediterranean heatwave heads for Britain – maps

BBC Weather forecasts contrasting conditions in Europe

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The latest heat maps from Netweather have turned deep red to show sizzling highs of 35C gripping France, which is located in the Mediterranean, on Monday, August 16. These shades are then seen pushing up towards the south of England on the same day, potentially helping temperatures to soar to a sweltering 30C in London, Essex and Kent. The BBC predicted high pressure from the Mediterranean Sea to help send the hot air towards the UK in August. 

The long-range forecast between Monday, August 16, and Sunday, August, 29, said there could beb another heatwave this month, although it is still too early to confirm this. 

The forecast said: “As high pressure slowly pushes northward from the Mediterranean Sea, low pressure systems caught in the storm track and driven by the jet stream will be deflected northward too.

“Drier weather should spread in from the south, and this will also bring in a warmer, more tropical air mass to the UK.

“Temperatures should trend warmer than normal into late August, with some warm days possible if high pressure moves overhead for too long.

“If the high does linger overhead, a heatwave may develop, but confidence is low on this.

“Chances for heat increase later in the month, but high pressure will need to move into the correct spot for this to pan out.

“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.”

The Met Office also expected temperatures to be above normal during this period.

However, the long-range forecast did also warn of thundery showers due to the heat and humidity.

The forecast between Monday, August 16, and Monday, August 30, said: “Whilst there are current signals of a drier and warmer than average period from the middle of August, occasional spells of more unsettled weather, primarily in the northwest, remains possible.

“Accompanying this is a low risk of short-lived thundery spells, these mainly in southeastern parts.


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“Confidence through this period remains low at present.

“However, most should see dry and fine weather.

“Above average temperatures continue to be indicated through the remainder of August, with possibly even very warm conditions at times in southern areas.”

Brian Gaze, a forecaster at Weather Outlook, warned of mixed conditions of showers and warm spells hitting the UK during the first part of August.

But he added “very warm periods” could then arrive as the month progresses.

He said: “In the first half of August, mixed with showers or longer periods of rain but also warm and fine spells. The driest weather will probably be in the south and east, but a heightened risk of heavy showers or thunderstorms means local variations could be large.

“Temperatures should be above average when aggregated over the period as a whole.

“In the second half, the chance of settled and very warm periods increases. Showery spells of rain are still probable, particularly in the north and west.”

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