Published On: Thu, Aug 22nd, 2019

UK weather: 3 week heatwave blasts Britain as scorching temperatures stay into September | Weather | News

The prologued summer of soaring temperatures could last until mid-September as a high pressure weather system moves in from across the continent. Forecasters say mercury is set to remain “warmer than average” until at least September 14. From Tuesday, the South is expected to see the best of the weather with temperatures remaining in the mid 20s.

Met Office forecaster Greg Dewhurst said: “Low pressure clears from Monday and high pressure slowly builds, with a southerly flow possible, with fewer showers in the South and East while the North and West remain less settled.

“High pressure looks like dominating in the last week of August, with mainly settled conditions and the mid-20s possible.”

Met Office forecaster Sarah Kent said: “August 31 to September 14 has signs high pressure will increasingly dominate.

“Temperatures are likely to be warmer than average.”

The Met Office long-range forecaster says from August 27 “dry and sunny conditions” will prevail in the South with scattered showers in the North, however temperatures will remain above the seasonal average.

The Met Office state: “The end of August should see a split in the weather across the UK, with dry and sunny conditions prevailing across many areas, in particular southeast England, and for cloudier conditions across the far northwest.

“The far northwest will see rain at times, followed by periods with sunny spells and showers. Any strong winds will also be restricted to the far northwest.”

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It added: “August temperatures will be above average overall and hot in the southeast, but closer to average in the far northwest.

“There is lower confidence for early September with quite mixed signals, however, it is likely that the most prolonged sunny periods will be in the south and that it will be more changeable in the north.

“Temperatures only at or slightly above average for the time of year.”

“On Saturday and Sunday there’ll be plenty of sunshine across the country with temperatures reaching into the mid-20s Celsius for many – it’ll be warmest in south-eastern parts where 30C (86F) is possible.

“By bank holiday Monday itself temperatures will rise further with around 33 Celsius possible in the South East – which would set a new record for the coming bank holiday weekend.”

The highest record temperature for the late August bank holiday weekend is 31.5C (88.7F) at Heathrow Airport in 2001.

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