Met Office’s disappointing forecast on August heatwave

A disappointing update on the potential of a heatwave in early August has been issued by the Met Office.

Long term forecasts had previously predicted “warmer and drier-than-average conditions” returning to much of the UK during early August, while it now looks any prolonged sunshine will be delayed, reports BirminghamLive.

The Met Office had originally said warmer conditions could return from August 2 to August 16 – but now it looks more likely that any long spells of sunshine will come later in the month.

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The forecast for August 8 to August 22 states: “Changeable conditions look likely to continue through the start of this period, with sunny spells mixed in with some showers at times or longer spells of rain, these more prevalent in the northwest.

“Although confidence in the detail is low, there are tentative signals suggesting that high pressure may become more dominant during the middle of August, bringing more settled, drier and warmer conditions for many.

“There would still be a risk of showers or thunderstorms at times. Temperatures are most likely to be above average.”

Looking at the five-day forecast for the South West, tomorrow (July 25) will be a largely dry day in the west with sunny spells and it will feel warm, with maximum temperatures of 25C.

However, the south coast and eastern areas may see some showers, possibly thundery.

Looking at Monday to Wednesday, the forecast states: “A sunny start to Monday, then showers, some heavy with a risk of thunder.

“Showers and sunny spells on Tuesday and Wednesday, again some heavy. Turning windy later on Wednesday.”

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