Met Office: Hot Week for the UK

29 June 2015 – Met Office meteorologists are forecasting a very warm, occasionally hot and humid, week across the UK for much of this week with temperatures expected to be at their highest on Wednesday.

Temperatures are forecast to nudge into the 30s Celsius in parts of the southeast and central areas during the middle of the week, this “heatwave” will only last a day or two, with temperatures dropping slightly by Thursday.

The heat will start to build tomorrow (Tuesday 30th June) as a tropical continental airmass from mainland Europe begins to dominate our weather. Temperatures across Iberia reached 43.7 °C at Cordoba yesterday and are expected to continue to reach the low 40s Celsius here and in southern France with northern France seeing temperatures into the mid to high 30s Celsius.

Here in the UK parts of the southeast and central England could see temperatures reach 32 or 33°C on Wednesday, with an isolated chance somewhere might see 34 to 35 °C.  Scotland could see highs in the mid to high 20s, although it may be cloudy here at times.

Forecast temperatures 1 July 2015Forecast temperatures 1 July 2015

Deputy Chief Meteorologist, Laura Paterson said: “Both Tuesday and Wednesday nights are expected to be warm and humid temperatures remaining in the high teens in many places, possibly low 20s Celsius in parts of southeast England.

“The very warm air means there is a risk of us seeing thunderstorms on Wednesday or Thursday but the exact timing and location of those storms, if they happen, is uncertain at the moment.  Check our five day forecast for the latest weather information”.

While many people enjoy hot weather, high temperatures can be dangerous and Dr Paul Cosford, director for health protection at Public Health England (PHE), said: “Older people and those with long-term illnesses are particularly vulnerable to the effects of very hot weather, so it’s important to look out for them, help them stay hydrated with plenty of cool drinks, and keep indoor areas as cool as possible.

“Try to keep bedroom and living spaces cool, by closing the curtains on windows that receive the sun and open your windows at cooler times of the day and overnight. A trip to a park where there’s lots of shade or a public building that is air conditioned, may help offer some relief from the heat for vulnerable people.”

Temperatures are expected to dip slightly on Thursday, before rising again from the south later Friday and Saturday. This could again result in thunderstorms breaking out, mainly in central and southeastern parts of Britain, though isolated storms can’t be ruled out elsewhere.

It looks like warm and humid spells of weather could continue into next week.

Last updated: 30 June 2015

Via MetOffice.Gov.UK
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