Parts of southern and eastern England are in the midst of a heatwave, with temperatures across the UK soaring above 30C. In addition to balmy temperatures, the Met Office has issued UK-wide thunderstorm warnings over the next couple of days. Here are the latest long-range weather forecasts, maps and charts.
When will the heatwave end?
For a few days now, maximum temperatures in the UK have topped 30C.
But according to the Met Office, the hot weather is due to continue for at least the next couple of days.
Heatwave conditions will persist in eastern and southern parts of the UK until at least Thursday.
After Thursday, August 13, temperatures are expected to dip slightly from these high temperatures.
But a Met Office forecaster told Express.co.uk it will still be fairly warm later this week.
Temperatures in the mid 20s will be possible in the south, and temperatures could hit the low 20s in the north.
In addition, Met Office yellow warnings for thunderstorms have been issued for Tuesday and Wednesday across the UK, while another thunderstorm warning is in place for England and Wales on Thursday.
In their long-range forecast for Saturday, August 15 to Monday, August 24, the Met Office forecasts warm weather for many areas during this time.
The Met Office forecast reads: “Warm or very warm for many through to the end of next week, although cooler and fresher conditions will gradually move in from the west.
“A mixture of sunny spells and showers is expected, with a risk of some heavy downpours and thunderstorms.
“Over the weekend and into the following week, more settled, drier conditions will probably become established, although some thundery showers may still affect the southeast at first and there is a chance of thicker cloud bringing outbreaks of rain to the northwest at times.
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“Fog patches are possible overnight for many although these will quickly clear through the mornings.
“Temperatures are likely to be warm for most parts of the UK well into the middle of August.”
From August 25 to September 8, the Met Office has low confidence in the forecast.
However the meteorological agency forecast the south and south-east “is likely to be drier and warmer with more in the way of sunshine”.
Northwestern areas of the UK are expected to see changeable periods of weather at this time.
But for the south-east, the Met Office states “hot conditions may affect the southeast at times”, also bringing potential thunderstorms which may spread further north.
Although it is a while away, the forecast suggests the hot weather August has shown so far could start to come to an end as the month draws to a close.
The forecast suggests as August turns to September, more “changeable and cooler conditions” will appear across the UK generally.
From August 24 to August 30, Netweather forecasts mean temperatures “to be close to the long-term normal” during this period, along with “warm days and cool nights in central and southern parts of Britain”.
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