Published: Tue, August 07, 2018
People | By Leon Thompson

Weather forecast: United Kingdom to stay warm until October in 'Indian Summer'

Weather forecast: United Kingdom to stay warm until October in 'Indian Summer'

But looking ahead to the next three months, thermometers are forecast to remain higher than average, partially because of the effects of the prolonged heatwave.

The Met Office report said: 'For August to October, above-average temperatures are more likely than below-average.

We could have warmer-than-average temperatures in the autumn, according to the Met Office.

Meteorologist Bonnie Diamond warned Britain to be prepared for an Indian Summer, with rather dry and warm weather, much different to the autumn's temperatures the United Kingdom is used to.

The long spell of hot and sunny weather that sent the mercury to a year high of 35.6C in July has caused sea temperatures to reach near-record levels, the Met Office said.

She said: "This means there is an increased likelihood of warmer-than-average temperatures and below-average rainfall".

Temperatures are predicted to drop by as much as ten degrees in some areas of the United Kingdom this week.

The UK had 47 mm of rain so far this summer making it the driest start to summer in modern records dating back to 1961.

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The forecast says this year is twice as likely than usual to have the hottest August to October period recorded in the United Kingdom since before 1981.

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.

Whilst the intense heat of the previous weeks does look to have passed, warm weather is expected to remain in the United Kingdom until October, because of a global heatwave that has seen record temperatures set across Europe.

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.

"But thunderstorms are a risk on Tuesday and into Wednesday in the South".

"There is the potential for travel disruption from torrential downpours, lightning, hail and gusty winds, with fresher temperatures following".

The bookies make it just a 2/1 shot that 35C is hit anywhere in the country before the week is out.

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