UK weather: Heatwave predicted for end of next week after 27C highs this Sunday

Get ready for ANOTHER HEATWAVE: Britons leave their cost-of-living woes at home to pack beaches in 77F sun… with temperatures set to climb to 81F this weekend and near 100F next week

  • Britons face another heatwave at end of next week with temperatures set to get to mid-30Cs (mid-90Fs)
  • Hot weather will be thanks to an area of high pressure building from the Atlantic into southern England
  • People head to beaches to enjoy 25C (77F) weather today before mercury hits 27C (81F) this weekend
  • Heat will put further pressure on water supplies, with hosepipe ban starting in parts of Hampshire today

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Britons are preparing for another heatwave next week with temperatures set to soar towards 100F (38C) for the second time in less than a month – with a hot weekend also on the way as the mercury hits 27C (81F).

The Met Office said it expects temperatures to reach the ‘low or even mid-30Cs (mid-90Fs) by the end of next week’, thanks to an area of high pressure building from the Atlantic into the South and South West of England.

The heat will again put further pressure on water supplies, with Southern Water already implementing a hosepipe ban in Hampshire from 5pm today – and South East Water following suit in Kent and Sussex from next Friday.

It comes after the UK experienced its hottest ever temperature of 40.3C (104.5F) in Lincolnshire just over a fortnight ago on July 19 – which smashed the previous record of 38.7C (101.7F) set in 2019 in Cambridge.

The Met Office confirmed the mercury is unlikely to reach the same heights next week and records are therefore not expected to be broken again – but there could still be several days of very high temperatures.

Today, beaches in resorts such as Lyme Regis and Weymouth in Dorset and Woolacombe in Devon looked busy as families enjoyed their summer holidays in temperatures of up to 25C (77F) and went for a swim in the sea.

Many would have been hoping to spend a few hours forgetting about the UK’s economic woes, after the Bank of England warned households will face a 15-month recession and inflation of more than 13 per cent later this year.

Holidaymakers and families pack the beach as they enjoy the hot sunshine at Weymouth in Dorset this afternoon

Holidaymakers and families pack the beach as they enjoy the hot sunshine at Weymouth in Dorset this afternoon

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Crowds of people swim in the sea at Woolacombe in North Devon today ahead of another heatwave on the way next week

Crowds of people swim in the sea at Woolacombe in North Devon today ahead of another heatwave on the way next week

Crowds of sunseekers flock to the beach at Lyme Regis in Dorset in the sunshine today to enjoy the very hot weather

Crowds of sunseekers flock to the beach at Lyme Regis in Dorset in the sunshine today to enjoy the very hot weather

Holidaymakers and families pack the beach as they enjoy the hot sunshine at Weymouth in Dorset this afternoon

Holidaymakers and families pack the beach as they enjoy the hot sunshine at Weymouth in Dorset this afternoon

Tomorrow will be a mostly dry and bright day with summer sunshine and highs of 26C (79F), although there will be some cloud cover and a chance of showers in Northern Ireland and rain across northern Scotland.

Sunday will continue to be mostly dry with highs of 27C (81F) and bright spells, but there will be further showers across Scotland. It will then be mostly dry on Monday with sunny spells and variable amounts of cloud.

Looking ahead to next week, Met Office chief forecaster Steve Willington said: ‘We could see parts of the UK entering heatwave conditions if the above-average temperatures last for three days or more. 

‘Many areas of the UK, especially the South, will witness temperatures several degrees higher than average, but these values are likely to be well below the record-breaking temperatures we saw in mid-July.’

He added: ‘As the high pressure builds there is very little meaningful rain in the forecast, especially in those areas in the south of England, which experienced very dry conditions last month. 

People enjoy the beach at Woolacombe in North Devon today before of another heatwave arrives in the country next week

People enjoy the beach at Woolacombe in North Devon today before of another heatwave arrives in the country next week

A very busy car park next to the beach at Woolacombe in North Devon today ahead another heatwave on the way next week

A very busy car park next to the beach at Woolacombe in North Devon today ahead another heatwave on the way next week 

Holidaymakers and families pack the beach as they enjoy the hot sunshine at Weymouth in Dorset this afternoon

Holidaymakers and families pack the beach as they enjoy the hot sunshine at Weymouth in Dorset this afternoon

‘Elsewhere in the UK, such as in northern England, Scotland and Northern Ireland, rain-bearing weather fronts will make limited headway against the high pressure, bringing some rain to north-western parts.’

Rebekah Sherwin, deputy chief meteorologist with the Met Office, added: ‘The weather pattern bringing next week’s hot spell is different to the one responsible for last month’s record-breaking temperatures which saw already hot air being drawn up from southern Europe adding to our own home-grown heat.

‘This time, that is much less likely; instead, temperatures will build steadily within the lingering area of high pressure.

‘There is some uncertainty about next week’s temperatures, although in early August sunshine in the UK doesn’t have the heating potential of mid-July as the sun is lower in the sky and the hours of daylight are marginally shorter. 

 

A groundskeeper cuts the grass on an otherwise dry pitch ahead of a weekend game at Hayes Cricket Club in London today

A groundskeeper cuts the grass on an otherwise dry pitch ahead of a weekend game at Hayes Cricket Club in London today

A women stands next to a low-level Rushmere Pond on Wimbledon Common in South West London today

A women stands next to a low-level Rushmere Pond on Wimbledon Common in South West London today

The dried up river bed of the River Thames near Somerford Keynes in Gloucestershire today as the dry weather continues

The dried up river bed of the River Thames near Somerford Keynes in Gloucestershire today as the dry weather continues

The greens and fairways on dry land at a golf course near New Romney in Kent are pictured today

The greens and fairways on dry land at a golf course near New Romney in Kent are pictured today

‘Both of these factors suggest that we’re very unlikely to see temperatures peak much above low to mid 30s. However, this would still be a hot spell of weather.’

The Met Office said it was too early to say how long the hot spell will last, but there are ‘indications of a return to more changeable conditions from about mid-August’. 

Forecasters said the mercury may continue to remain above average in the South, but that such a change in conditions would reduce the chance of prolonged high temperatures.

Parts of England have seen the driest July in records dating back to 1836, following the driest eight-month period from November 2021 for the country since 1976.

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