Heatwave finally begins with 12 days of sun and temperatures soaring towards 81F highs as school holidays save best weather for last.
Britain is set to bask in temperatures reaching 81F as a 700 mile-wide Atlantic ‘hot air blob’ brings with it 12 days of sizzling sunshine from today.
Revellers are expected to once again descend upon the nation’s sun-soaked outdoor spaces as the country prepares for a week of balmy weather and scattered sunshine as a hot plume from Spain and the Azores brings with it an oncoming heatwave.
Forecasters have predicted rising mercury levels, which are expected to last into the bank holiday weekend, could also see temperatures climb to a sizzling 80F in the north west of the country while the south of England, which is due to be hit by daily temperatures of 75F through the week, could also see peaks of 77F.
Temperatures of 7FF could also sweep across Wales as the warm sunny spells continue to soar as the school holidays draw to a close.
The scorching spell could see the nation exceed the temperatures seen across the Mediterranean and beat the 75F expected in Genoa, Italy, this week.
It comes just days after Britain was battered by torrential downpours and thunderstorms which saw the Met Office issue a yellow weather warning.
The Weather Outlook forecaster Brian Gaze said: ‘It should be the best spell of school holidays and feel pleasantly warm.
‘It’s a major change after wet weather. There should be a good deal of sunshine.’
Meanwhile former BBC and Met Office forecaster John Hammond said: ‘It will be late summer at its best, with a sunnier finale to a dull August
‘The mid-20s is possible by midweek, with the fine weather holding on for the Bank Holiday weekend and for a few more days into September for most.’
Another Met Office forecaster said: ‘From Monday will be mainly fine and dry, with rather warm temperatures in the West initially and more widely later in the last week of August and into September.
‘There will be increasing amounts of sunshine, with high pressure likely to dominate, with settled conditions.’
Last week Britain was lashed by heavy downpours which saw around 20mm of rain fall in one hour and forecasters also warned of flooding across some areas, including Cornwall which was battered by heavy rain and stormy weather.
It came amid unsettled weather which has persisted across the UK throughout August, with the weather service also naming its first storm of the summer – Storm Evert – last month.
Met Office meteorologist Simon Partridge said the City of London has had 117 per cent of its usual August rainfall already.
The summer downpours has seen 60mm of rain fall on the capital up to August 17, compared with 51mm usually seen over the entire month.
News Source: Daily Mail