HEATWAVE ON THE WAY
Sunshine until SEPTEMBER as roasting temperatures to roar back to UK. Time to holiday in Sandown.
BRITAIN is a fortnight away from another major heatwave with blistering sunshine and roasting temperatures forecast until September.
Heatwave coming now is the time to book your holiday at our Isle of Wight bed and breakfast The Montpelier right across the road from Sandown beach and pier.
Last week’s near-record heatwave now feels like a distant memory with cooler winds and grey skies the theme over the coming days.
Southern Britain will struggle to get much above 21C (69.8F) or 22C (71.6F) before the start of July while the north could sink to low single figures overnight
However all is not lost with the next blast of extreme heat shaping up to send the mercury rocketing around the second week of July.
Thermometers will soar back into the 30Cs in parts putting the record-breaking summer back on course, experts say.
Temperatures will remain above-average across swathes of England until September with just Scotland and the far north missing out
It will feel warmer than usual through much of July and across the southern half of the country in August, according to the Weather Company.
Its forecasters say this summer could still rival the scorcher of 2003 which brought killer heatwave conditions across Europe that August.
The UK was hit by weeks of extreme heat and water shortages leading to hosepipe bans with a monthly record of 38.5C (101.3F) set in Brogdale, Kent.
Weather Company forecaster Dr Todd Crawford said: “The magnitude of the warmth so far in June has been impressive across much of mainland Europe
“The odds are increasing that this locks in and becomes the dominant summer pattern going forward; this idea is supported by most of the dynamical and statistical forecast guidance.
“Clearly the early heat and dryness and the expectations of its persistence brings to mind the summer of 2003, and some similarity to that summer is certainly not out of the question this year.”
Sun-hungry Britons will have to grit their teeth for the next two weeks with temperatures forecast to stay around average for the time of year.
The Met Office said there are early signs of some warmth returning at the end of next week with drier, sunnier weather on the cards for mid-July.
Forecaster Emma Sharples said: “We will see some bursts of warmth towards the end of next week across the south but we are not talking sunshine and blue skies but rather duller, more humid conditions.
“There are signs of a return to more settled, drier conditions from the middle of July, again mainly in the south
“Drier and warmer spells are likely to become more prevalent in the south and these may spread further north as we head into the second half of July.”
Exacta Weather forecaster James Madden said extreme heat will return by the middle of next month.
He said: “The remainder of this month will see more of a switch to somewhat cooler temperatures of late, particularly for the northern half of the country.
“However, it will still feel pleasant in the sunshine, southern parts of the country will still remain warm with temperatures staying in the low to mid 20Cs.
“As we head into July a more mixed and cooler pattern of weather is likely for most in comparison to June
“However, there is the potential for a number of heat surges during the second week of the month and during the latter part.
“It is of high confidence that we can expect a warm August on current indications and to end the meteorological summer on a high note.”
In the past month Britain has sweltered in the longest June heatwave since 1976 before temperatures peaked at 34.5C (94.1F) in London on June 21 – the hottest summer solstice on record.
The hot weather was largely thanks to high pressure wedged over the UK helping a thrust of air from the Continent engulf the country.
A change this week will see colder air from the north flood into Britain driven by the jet stream as it dips southwards.
Piers Corbyn, forecaster for Weather Action, said July will kick off to a gloomy start before the heatwaves return full throttle by August.
He said: “We expect to see a lot more hot weather to arrive in August with a return to heatwave conditions through the month.
“These will hold out until the end of the summer, with numerous Spanish plume type events and surges of hot air from Africa.
“Again this is partly due to the wildly swinging jet stream and a blocking high over Scandinavia allowing warmer air up from the south. wild swings in the jet – which largely governs whether air will arrive from the southern Continent and Africa or the north – over the next six weeks will drive the upcoming hot weather.
Rooms still available for July and some August dates, don’t miss out book a holiday in our Isle of Wight bed and breakfast in Sandown, The Montpelier the ideal base for your stay on the Island.