The UK and the South West could be in for scorching heat later this month according to new long-range weather maps.
With a high pressure system on track to move from the Mediterranean to the UK in the middle of August, the miserably wet start to the month could soon come to a close.
Heat maps from forecaster Netweather show hot air, indicated with a deep shade of red, will blanket Europe on Thursday, August 19,
The maps then show the hot air moving upwards towards the south of England on the same day, with Bristol and the South West reaching highs of 27C.
Brian Gaze, a forecaster at Weather Outlook, predicted a “very hot pattern” will push towards the British Isles in the coming weeks.
He wrote on Twitter: “Europe setting up a potentially very hot pattern towards the end of the 10 day run.”
The forecaster said: “The first half [of August] will see mixed with showers or longer periods of rain but also warm and fine spells.
“The driest weather will probably be in the south and east, but a heightened risk of heavy showers or thunderstorms means local variations could be large.
“Temperatures should be above average when aggregated over the period as a whole.
“In the second half, the chance of settled and very warm periods increases.
“Showery spells of rain are still probable, particularly in the north and west.”
BBC Weather also forecast “summer-like” weather will arrive towards the end of August as high pressure potentially pushes over from the Mediterranean Sea in Europe.
The forecast between Monday, August 16, and Sunday, August 29, said: “High pressure may become more influential in the second half of the month, pushing lows away to the north and allowing for some warmer, drier, and more summer-like weather.
“At first, mid-August will likely see a continuation of the unsettled, cooler, and wetter pattern we expect for the first half of the month.
“As high pressure slowly pushes northward from the Mediterranean Sea, low-pressure systems caught in the storm track and driven by the jet stream will be deflected northward too.
“Drier weather should spread in from the south, and this will also bring in a warmer, more tropical air mass to the UK.
“Temperatures should trend warmer than normal into late August, with some very warm or hot days possible if high pressure moves overhead for too long.
“If the high does linger overhead, a heatwave may develop as well, but confidence is low on this.
“Chances for heat increase later in the month, but high pressure will need to move into the correct spot for this to pan out.”
Met Office weather forecast for South West
A bright start in the east, but a band of rain spreading eastwards across the region through the morning and early afternoon, giving way to brighter showery weather later. Blustery winds, locally strong, particularly in coastal locations. Feeling cooler. Maximum temperature 20 °C.
A largely cloudy evening and night for many, with isolated heavy showers continuing overnight. Blustery winds ease inland but continue at coastal locations. A mild evening and night. Minimum temperature 13 °C.
An unsettled day with sunny spells and showers continuing, some heavy and possibly thundery. Overall a breezy day with locally strong winds and feeling cool. Maximum temperature 21 °C.
Outlook for Saturday to Monday:
Sunny spells and showers into the weekend, potentially heavy and thundery on Saturday. Showers easing in intensity and frequency towards Monday. Breezy conditions continue, feeling rather cool throughout the period.