UK weather: Met Office forecasts sunny spells and cloud
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Britain can expect scorching temperatures in August as the mercury soars into the high-twenties from next week – with 28C (82F) forecast. High pressure from the continent bringing prolonged spells of sunshine is poised to engulf the UK from Wednesday, August 11.
The latest maximum temperature charts show large areas of Britain turning dark-red as plumes of warm air from the Azores sweep in.
Temperatures are set to climb into the mid-20s across England and Wales from next Wednesday – with highs of 25C in the South East.
The weather maps predict the mercury will continue to sky-rocket over the following 48 hours and 27C (81F) is forecast in London on Thursday, August 12.
Elsewhere, thermometers are set to reach 24C in the Midlands, 23C in the North East and 22C in Wales by 3pm.
The latest warm-weather system from Europe is on course to peak on Friday, August 13, as temperatures are predicted to hit 28C.
Eastern areas of the UK are poised to see the best of the balmy conditions, with the South East and East Anglia topping the temperature charts.
The sweltering conditions are expected to spread northwards as the day progresses, and 26C is expected in the Midlands and 25C forecast in the North East by 3pm.
The high humidity levels are also set to increase the threat of isolated showers in northern areas of Britain.
Precipitation charts forecast a band of heavy rain passing over the UK from the Atlantic on Friday afternoon.
Weather Outlook forecaster Brian Gaze said: “There are tentative signs of an improvement in the middle third of August.
“High pressure may build towards the UK from the Azores, but there is a lot of uncertainty about this.”
He added: “Temperatures should be above average, aggregated over the period.
“In the second half, the chance of settled and very warm periods increases.”
The Met Office long-range forecast from August 6 – August 15 says the month is set to begin unsettled with changeable conditions, before above average temperatures and sunny spells take over.
It says: “A mixture of sunny spells and showers, with some drier interludes is the general pattern expected through this period, as the unsettled, changeable conditions continue to dominate.”
The Met Office added: “Through the remainder of this period, it will likely turn settled, though a few showers cannot be ruled out, especially in southeastern areas.
“This will bring drier weather, with sunny spells for most through to mid-August, and temperatures trending above average.”
The BBC long-range forecast predicts an area of high pressure from the Mediterranean will continue over Britain into the second half of August, bringing “warmer, more tropical air mass to the UK”.
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The long-range forecast from August 16 says: “By the middle of August and through the second half of the month, there are some encouraging signals for high pressure to begin to shift into the area from the south or southwest.
“This will most likely be a gradual process, taking several days or even a week to unfold before high pressure is in place nearby. At first, mid-August will likely see a continuation of the unsettled, cooler, and wetter pattern we expect for the first half of the month.
“As high pressure slowly pushes northward from the Mediterranean Sea, low pressure systems caught in the storm track and driven by the jet stream will be deflected northward too.
“Drier weather should spread in from the south, and this will also bring in a warmer, more tropical air mass to the UK.”
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