UK weather: Heatwave returns in full force –UK to melt with hottest Bank Holiday on record

Temperatures peaked at 20C after thunder and lightning stuck many regions in the UK today. Tuesday will see scattered showers in Northern England and a few showers are likely to develop for west Wales and south-west England during the afternoon, according to Meteogroup. But temperatures should start to soar as the week progresses.

Betway has set odds of 2/1 for the August Bank Holiday to be the hottest on record.

The bookmaker expects the 28.2C recorded on August 28, 2017 to be beaten next Monday as warm air from continental Europe wafts its way across the UK.

Betway’s Alan Alger said: “The ever-changing nature of the UK’s island climate has left us offering odds on August being the wettest on record one minute, to suddenly betting on Bank Holiday Monday being the hottest ever. 

“British weather is bizarre.

“After a week of low temperatures and showers we’re now looking at a strong chance of Monday breaking the record for being the warmest ever August Bank Holiday, a record that currently stands at 28.2c – ditch the raincoats and dig out the sun cream!”

Meanwhile, Ladbrokes said the UK will see temperatures of 30C or higher this week.

The bookies have cut odds from 4/1 to just 1/2 ahead of the predicted heatwave.

Alex Apati of Ladbrokes said: “Summer isn’t over just yet with more scorching temperatures seemingly on the way this week.”

Wednesday will be dry, warm and mostly sunny in the south-east, Meteogroup added.

It will be bright with a few showers in north-western parts of England and Wales.

But there will be clouds and showers in Northern Ireland and Scotland.

Thursday will be mostly dry and bright in the south but cloudy and rather windy with rain in the north.

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The Weather Outlook forecaster Brian Gaze said high pressure will bring over subtropical air from the Azores.

He said: “August has been shocking but summer is poised to be rescued by high pressure pulling up subtropical air from the Azores by the Bank Holiday weekend.

“Highs approaching 30C are expected into September.”

Former BBC and Met Office forecaster John Hammond of weathertrending added: “Summer lurched from hot to cool and wet, but warmer weather in time for the Bank Holiday will lift the mood of weather-beaten Brits.

“Temperatures should be not far from 30C for some at the end of August.”

Rainfall is already above the national average across the UK for August.

At least 94mm of rain fell between August 1 and 17.

This was about five percent above the national average for the entire month, according to the Met Office.

Met Office spokesman Nicola Maxey said: “We are at the midpoint (of the month), but in some cases, we have seen well above the average rainfall.

“Whether we are on track for a record-breaking month is too early to say.”

She added this amount of rainfall was still “a way off” the wettest August on record in 1912, when 167.6mm of rain fell.

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