UK weather forecast: Met Office weekend forecast predicts MORE heat
Those weary from the relentless hot weather which took hold in spring face roasting sunshine and tropical temperatures possibly into August.
Blowtorch conditions are expected to largely hold out through the rest of summer, according to some long-range forecasters.
Any relief brought by a dip in temperatures leading to fresher spells along the way will be short-lived, they warn.
Exacta Weather forecaster James Madden said: “We expect another period of hot to very hot weather to develop after some changes in the weather this week in terms of temperature reductions and some much needed rainfall.
“The persistent hot weather shows no sign of ending with further heatwave conditions expected later this month leading into what is likely to be a bumper hot August.
“At this stage it is looking more likely that this summer will continue along this theme and there is no reason why we shouldn’t see further records fall before the end of the season.”
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Extreme heat will hold out through next week before mid-month thunderstorms bring a brief respite, he said.
Temperatures will remain well above-average through the end of the month and into the final stretch of summer, he added.
He said: “Long-range predictions had initially shown the heatwave to go no further than early July but the models have changed significantly.
“There could be another thundery breakdown towards mid-month which may bring some much-needed rainfall and this could increase the risk of flooding.
“However the end of the month looks like bringing further heatwave conditions.”
Violent thunderstorms sparked by soaring temperatures will put swathes of the country on flood alert ahead of the weekend.
Monsoon downpours falling on ground parched by weeks of dry weather will run off in torrents putting homes at risk and leading to travel delays, experts say.
However the showers will do little or nothing to ease the drought with weeks of persistent rainfall needed to avert a crisis.
UK weather forecast: Temperatures will rise again this weekend
The Met Office has issued warnings for thunderstorms across Wales, western and southwestern England on Friday.
Up to an inch of rain is expected to fall in an hour with lightning strikes threatening to knock out power supplies.
Met Office chief forecaster Paul Gundersen said: “Heavy showers, which will most likely become thundery in places, are expected to develop quite widely across parts of England and Wales later Friday morning and through the afternoon.
“Some of the showers are likely to become focussed into slow-moving bands, particularly over southwest England, with some locations receiving around 20mm in an hour.
“Some flooding of a few homes and businesses is likely, perhaps leading to some damage to buildings.
“There is a good chance driving conditions will at times be affected by spray and standing water, leading to some minor journey delays.
“Some short term loss of power and other services due to lightning strikes is possible.”
Britain’s weather will be given a second shake up before the heatwave returns with gales forecast over the weekend.
The tail end of an Atlantic hurricane will swipe parts of Scotland, the northern and western isles on Saturday night.
Hurricane Chris, currently a category-2 storm whipping up 90 mph winds off the coast of Central America, is due to brush past country on Saturday.
Government forecasters say while they are keeping an eye on its path, most of the UK will avoid major impacts from the tropical cyclone.
Met Office spokesman Grahame Madge said: “The storm is going to track to the northwest of Scotland on Saturday night and into Sunday.
“The Western Isles could see some isolated strong winds but there is currently no sign of it causing any more disruption.
“This could change if it tracks slightly further south, and we are keeping an eye on how it develops.”
Temperatures will creep up from Thursday as high pressure, the driver for hot weather so far this summer, rebuilds over the country.
Thermometers will nudge the low 30Cs next week with no sign of any cool-down in the forecasts, Mr Madge warned.
He said: “We have the potential for an isolated 28C (82.4F) on Thursday as temperatures start to rise, this is most likely to be in the south of the country.
“We expect similar temperatures on Friday and then on the weekend there is the possibility of seeing 30C (86F) or 31C (87.8F).
“Then next week we are back into these high temperatures as high pressure becomes re-established over the UK, it is looking very warm again from Monday.
“There is no real sign of any change or breakdown in the forecasts.”
Government long-range forecasters predict warmer than normal temperatures into the second week of August.
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While there will be a risk of thundery outbreaks over the next few weeks much of the country is likely to bake in further warm, sunny weather, according to the Met Office’s 30-day outlook.
It states: “There is likely to still be a good deal of fine weather around during this period, especially in the southeast where some further very warm or hot spells are possible.
“However there may also be some spells of more changeable weather with rain or showers arriving from the northwest at times, along with the risk of thunderstorms across some southern parts.
“Temperatures overall are likely to be above average for many, but returning closer to average in any unsettled spells of weather, and perhaps more generally in the northwest.”
The sweltering forecasts prompted bookies to once again take the axe to a raft of summer record odds.
Coral is offering 1-2 in this summer turning out to be the hottest ever with 5-4 on this month entering the record books.
Spokesman John Hill said: ““Thunderstorms are set to put the heatwave on hold over the next couple of days, however, the betting still suggests we are on course for the hottest summer on record in the UK.”
Ladbrokes bosses are hedging their bets on Storm Chris putting a damper on proceedings this weekend offering 4-1 on the wettest summer on record.
Spokesman Alex Apati said: “It wouldn’t be a British summer without a miserable spell and the odds suggest Storm Chris could help make this record-breaking season.”
Despite rain on the cards at the end of the week experts warn one day of thunderstorms will not come close to repairing the damage caused by weeks of arid conditions.
Gardening consultant Peter Mills said: “We are absolutely desperate for rain, and although there are thunderstorms in the forecast this week these aren’t really going to help much.
“We need a long period of sustained, persistent rainfall, otherwise it just runs off the surface as the ground is so dry.
“Some crops are really starting to suffer as a result of this hot, dry weather.”
UK weather charts show temperatures nudging the mid-30Cs by the end of this week with similar values like through next week.
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