A wave of ravaging heat rushing across from France is predicted to hit South East England towards the end of next week – heralding around five days of sizzling temperatures.
The UK is expected to endure cool, thundery and wet conditions for the next week, but new weather maps reveal high pressure is again forecast to take centre stage.
The heat is expected to strike the south of the country on Thursday (July 6) as France experiences heatwave temperatures of up to 34C.
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For Britain this could mean highs of around 30C, with the mercury soaring to 29C by Friday (July 7) in London, Kent and Essex, and touching 30C on occasions until the following Tuesday (July 11).
Jim Dale, senior meteorologist for British Weather Services, said: "Some warmth, yes, but nothing over the top weather wise.
"I can’t yet see beyond the mixed theme we have recently entered into. It’s making up for a lot of lost ground."
While these changes do not yet appear on the Met Office's long-range forecast, which is normally difficult to gauge, it does seem to indicate a potential surge in heat once again in the second half of July.
The forecasting service said: "Predictability during this period is low, which is typical for the time of year. There is a slight indication that high pressure may become dominant into the second half of the month, leading to fairer conditions, especially in the south.
"The chances of above-average temperatures redeveloping are slightly higher than normal; the chance of heatwave conditions developing is thus also slightly higher than normal, although the occurrence of heatwaves is not unusual for July."
Mr Dale added: "I would not disagree. They know full well it’s a case of sunshine after the rain. Moreover, the last two weeks of July and the first two weeks of August, on average, see the highest temperatures of the year."
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