Summer is FINALLY back! Sun-starved Britons are set to flock to beaches and parks today in blast of 75F heat with temperatures set to rise into next week
- Britain to receive one final blast of summer as plume of warm air from Mediterranean pushes mercury levels
- Temperatures are expected to reach 75F across the south of England today before rising to 82F by Tuesday
- It is believed that the fall-out from Hurricane Ida will force a change here after weeks of dull grey skies
Britain is set to receive one final blast of summer this week as rising temperatures boosted by a plume of warm air from the Mediterranean push mercury levels to 75F.
Revellers are expected to once again descend upon the nation’s sun-soaked outdoor spaces today as the country prepares for a week of balmy weather and scattered sunshine.
It is believed that the fall-out from Hurricane Ida which has devastated parts of the US will force a change in the UK after weeks of dull grey skies and rain caused by high pressure.
The warm weather, which is expected to make its arrival today, will see temperatures soar to 75F across the south of England before rising to a sizzling 82F by Tuesday.
The blast of heat comes after figures from the Met Office showed Southern England experienced its third dullest August since records began, beaten only by 2008 and 1950, with the region receiving only 129 hours of sunshine last month compared to its usual average of 192.5 hours.
Revellers enjoy the sun at West Bay in Dorset as the UK prepares to enjoy one final blast of summer boosted by a plume of warm air from the Mediterranean
Beach-goers look at rockfall at the seaside resort of West Bay in Dorset as warm weather prepares to make a return
The Met Office have said temperatures will rise this week as high pressure shifts to the southeast of the UK over the coming days, allowing winds to switch to a southerly direction.
This weekend Alex Burkill, a Met Office forecaster, said: ‘It does look like hot temperatures will start to arrive in the South East after a disappointing end to the summer.
‘August had been particularly grey, dull with cooler temperatures, but it does look like there will be a little blast of summer weather.
‘The week will start with temperatures reaching 27C (80.6F) on Monday, it’s likely to be dry and sunny for most but this will only be the beginning.
‘Tuesday is likely to be the hottest day, with temperatures probably reaching highs of 28C (82.4F) or even higher before the temperature drops slightly again on Wednesday.’
Meteorologists predicts that while Hurricane Ida won’t be directly felt in the UK, the weather system’s force would have an impact on the weather we will experience.
Earlier this week, Met Office spokesman Grahame Madge told The Sun: ‘What these hurricanes do is bring warm humid air into the North Atlantic, which can have the effect of pepping up weather systems already in place.
‘Although we’re not going to see the effects directly, it’ll invigorate the jet stream.’
‘London and the south east are likely to benefit the most, but the majority of the country will hopefully see temperatures in the mid-20s.
‘I have to say there is some uncertainty about how hot it will be, and it won’t be the case for the whole country.’
It comes after August went down as the third cloudiest month on record for Southern England after the region received only 129 hours of sunshine.
Meanwhile East Anglia also experienced the third cloudiest August on record with the area seeing just 127.2 hours of daylight compared to the average 195.7 hours usually seen during the month.
For the UK overall – August was the 12th dullest on record with 127.4 hours of sunshine – the figure is 78 per cent of the 163 hours of sun usually seen.
Despite the gloomy weather, Tyndrum in Stirling, Scotland, recorded the highest temperature in the UK so far this month after it hit 80.2F on August 25.
The warm weather will see temperatures soar to 75F across the south of England before rising to a sizzling 82F by Tuesday
High pressure will shift to the south east of the UK over the coming days and this will see temperatures as a result
Last month, the south of England saw one of the dullest and wettest summers in ten years while the north of England and Scotland experienced unusually warmer temperatures and its driest summer since 1869.
The capital and central England, which saw temperatures that were only 0.25C higher than the long-term average, also saw the regions flooded after it was hit by heavy rain and thunderstorms.
Data also showed the City of London saw 117 per cent of its usual August rainfall by August 20.
Heavy rain and hail has already caused ‘significant problems’ for harvests, according to the National Farmers Union (NFU).
A spokesperson for the union said this year’s harvest was delayed due to cold spring temperatures, but it’s too early to say how much profits will be impacted and whether consumers could see a rise in food prices.
They said: ‘The localised heavy rain and hail has caused significant problems in certain areas.
‘It’s a mixed picture because for many areas they just haven’t had many clear dry days in a row to harvest, so things have been a bit ‘stop-start’ with harvesting.
‘Where they have been harvesting, grain has often had to be dried because the better weather hasn’t lasted long enough to get moisture levels down to where they need to be.
‘The problems will grow if the unsettled weather continues because it will start to impact on the quality of the grain if it goes on too long, especially for crops like milling wheat.’
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