Thursday, 18 October, 2018

Yellow Warnings Issued As Heatwave Grinds To A Halt

UK weather Rain radar UK weather August could be the wettest on record
Patty Aguilar | 09 August, 2018, 21:27

"Although temperatures are more likely to be warmer than average over the three months, this doesn't mean wall-to-wall sunshine, it can still be warm and cloudy".

After two full months of heatwave temperatures, Ireland is set to get a week off over the next few days.

In a briefing for local authorities, the Met Office said that above-average temperatures were more likely than below-average ones between August and October.

Frank Saunders, chief meteorologist at the Met Office, said: "After weeks of predominantly high temperatures and very little rainfall for many parts of the country, high pressure is finally breaking down allowing a cold front to introduce cooler, fresher air from the Atlantic to all parts of the UK".

Temperatures on Thursday will only reach highs of 21C in Birmingham, with London barely hitting 19C.

Long-term analysis shows an increased chance of stable, drier and warmer weather conditions beyond the start of Autumn on September 23.

"This also increases the chances of above-average United Kingdom temperatures, particularly in the early part of the forecast period".

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The outlook - used by planners, businesses and government to start plotting weather-related decisions - shows an increased chance of high-pressure systems close to the United Kingdom, meaning settled conditions are more likely than unsettled weather from our typical Atlantic weather systems.

Temperatures in parts of the United Kingdom were set to edge past 30C (86F) on Monday, with yet another hot day forecast for Tuesday when the mercury could reach 34C in Essex or Norfolk.

However, maximum temperatures are likely to dip to around the mid-20Cs mark come Wednesday.

British holiday-makers overseas are being warned to avoid spending time in the sun during the hottest part of the day and to keep hydrated.

Earlier this week local records were smashed in eight areas of Portugal.

In Spain, heat warnings were issued for 41 of the country's 50 provinces.

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