Weather in July has been hugely changeable with impressive heatwaves mixed with torrential downpours. As the month comes to an end, conditions will settle for a hot day on Friday according to forecasters before an area of low pressure crosses the UK next week.
Britons saw wet and windy conditions at the beginning of this week, but conditions will transform from Thursday according to forecasters.
Last month, 32.6C was recorded in Heathrow, but now forecasters predict Friday may be even hotter.
Friday is due to be a scorcher with highs of 33C possible in south-east England.
Met Office forecasters predict locations in the Midlands and northern England reaching 30C and widespread high 20Cs as far north as southern Scotland.
The hot weather will be a result of high pressure building to the east of the country which pulls up a hot southerly wind.
Thursday will have cloud and rain across Scotland and Northern Ireland but England and Wales will have long sunny spells.
Temperatures on Thursday will rise to around 28C in the south east.
But Friday will be when temperatures soar, with predictions of 33C from the Met Office and other forecasters saying 35C is possible.
There will be a lot of sunshine as well but the heat and humidity might trigger thunderstorms in the south and east.
However, the heatwave will be short-lived and autumnal conditions are likely to return over the weekend or next week.
Storms will clear away from the east on overnight Friday to Saturday leaving us with sunny spells and showers for Saturday itself as a cold front moves in.
Temperatures will be cooler but still quickly warm in the south.
Sunday will see showers to the north-west, but most places will stay dry with sunny spells.
Deputy Chief Forecaster, Brent Walker, said: “There is quite a change in the weather coming by the end of the week, with increasing sunshine and a day of hot conditions on Friday.
“It won’t persist long enough to become a heatwave as a cold front moves in on Saturday, bringing the temperatures back down to around average for the time of year.”
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Autumnal weather will return next week with weather maps showing temperatures could tip as low as 16C on Monday.
Generally, temperatures will remain in the late teens to early 20s next week according to WXCharts.
The highs for next week will be around 25C seen in the south-east of England on Tuesday and Thursday afternoon.
The coolest weather will be seen in the early morning hours of Monday where temperatures will be around, however, 18C will be the average minimum temperatures throughout the rest of the week.
The Met Office forecast for the first week of August reads: “There are some fairly strong signals that unsettled conditions are likely to continue through into the first half of August, with outbreaks of rain and scattered showers affecting all parts of the United Kingdom at times.
“The heaviest and most prolonged spells of rain are likely to be focussed towards the northwest, where it may also become quite windy at times with a risk of gales in exposed locations.
“ However, there should still be some drier and brighter spells in between the outbreaks of rain, with the driest of these conditions expected towards the southeast.
“Temperatures are likely to be slightly below average for this time of year, but perhaps near normal towards the southeast.”
The rest of August will see a mixture of dry and settled conditions, interspersed with bouts of wet and windy weather.
Most of the unsettled weather will be seen in the north and west, with the south and east experiencing the driest weather.
Temperatures will likely be average for the time of year, with warm weather likely being short-lived and focused in the south and southeast.
Into late August there will likely be widely dry and settled weather across the UK.
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