Sunday, 19 August, 2018

Thunderstorm warnings issued as UK heatwave comes to an end

UK weather Rain radar UK weather Rain will hit the north this week
Deanna Wagner | 09 August, 2018, 21:26

The heatwave that has gripped the United Kingdom for much of the summer is finally coming to an end with thunderstorms and lower temperatures moving in.

However, forecasters believe above-average temperatures could remain until October.

Met Office forecaster Craig Snell said: "As we go into August, September and October the odds look like it will be warmer than normal".

The British Met Office has said that this summer and early autumn could be the hottest on record and has made a long-range forecast about the next few months.

Temperatures on Thursday will only reach highs of 21C in Birmingham, with London barely hitting 19C.

Bonnie Diamond, from the Met Office, said: 'This means there is an increased likelihood of warmer-than-average temperatures and below-average rainfall.

The UK's warmer than average weather could last until October, although the current heatwave is only expected to last for another two days.

"Sea surface temperatures close to the United Kingdom have reached near-record levels as a result of the prolonged hot and sunny weather", said the Met Office.

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"There is a chance they could be heavy and thundery but in between we have got a dry slice of weather with a fair bit of sunshine but you might catch the odd shower".

"For August-September-October, the Met Office long-range prediction system, in agreement with systems from other prediction centres, shows an increased chance of high-pressure patterns close to the United Kingdom".

Whilst the intense heat of the previous weeks does look to have passed, warm weather is expected to remain in the United Kingdom until October, because of a global heatwave that has seen record temperatures set across Europe.

Temperatures could potentially peak at 34C (91.4F) in Essex or Norfolk on Tuesday, after a balmy weekend where the hottest temperature on Sunday was 30.2C (86.36F) recorded in Northolt, Greater London, the Met Office said.

The spokesman warned of hard driving conditions in areas hit by heavy rain and winds.

More low pressure from the Atlantic looks set to arrive by the weekend, threatening every region of the United Kingdom with torrential downpours and cooler temperatures.

'But it's too soon to say if the heatwave is coming to an end.

THE sun might not set on summer until the end of October with the next three months forecast to be the hottest for 38 years.