Met Office minimizes heatwave but says ‘hot weather’ could be on its way
Met Office weather experts downplayed the risk of a heat wave in July amid rumors that scorching weather could be imminent.
However, the long-term forecast for the Exeter-based company calls for it to be “very hot or hot” at times in late July and early August.
The Met Office’s long-range forecast is a “very broad outlook” that cannot be predicted as confidently as its daily and weekly forecasts, but it does give us an indication of what could happen in the coming weeks.
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The Met Office’s long-term forecast predicts that over the next two weeks we will likely see a mixture of calm and volatile weather, with mostly rain over the next week or so.
After that, conditions will be warmer and drier, with temperatures gradually increasing throughout this period, the Met Office predicts.
For the last week or so of July and the first few days of August conditions will likely be drier and warmer, and here in the southwest it is likely to be very hot or warm at times, as forecast at long term. .
But one thing is for sure, there is certainly no mention of a “heat wave” – so you can keep your factor 50 hidden for now.
That being said, after an unusually wet end of June, we are almost all set for balmy weather as we move into the height of summer.
Long-term forecast from the Met Office UK
The following information is taken directly from the Met Office website.
Sunday July 11 – Tuesday July 20
We could see a continuation of showers and longer periods of rain next week, these potentially heavy and widespread.
From mid-next week it is highly likely to set in more and more with lots of dry weather, varying clouds and clearings.
For the remainder of this period there is a possibility of warmer and drier than average conditions overall. Occasional episodes of rain and unstable weather are still possible, in particular over the north-western regions.
However, most of the UK could experience fine, dry conditions with light showers at times for some.
Temperatures are expected to be around average in the northwest and above average elsewhere, while the southern and southeastern regions could see very warm conditions.
Wednesday July 21 – Wednesday August 4
For the remainder of July and through early August, conditions may be warmer and drier than average overall.
Some occasional periods of unstable weather are still possible, particularly in the North West of the UK, but most areas are expected to have fine, dry weather.
There remains a low risk of thunder, especially in the southern and eastern regions. Temperatures are likely to be above average, with the south sometimes being very hot or hot.
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