Late Azores heat plume set to send mercury soaring for six days in Britain

Monday Weather: A bright start with high temperatures

Weeks of sporadic heat, strong winds and sudden torrential downpours may give way to a UK-wide heatwave, a meteorologist has predicted.

While the south-east of England has seen the fairest summer conditions so far this year, other parts of Britain have suffered almost autumnal-like conditions at times. 

And, with June recording a record-heat month, it was a turn of events no one could foresee, with the wrath of the mercury affecting farmers, crops and for many in August – summer holiday plans outside.

But there is hope yet. As from September 1 a new dawn could come in the form of a late summer blast coming across from the Azores.

Jim Dale, weather author and senior meteorologist at British Weather Services, explained what weather models are showing in the long-term forecasts.

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He told that the influx of heat could arise from September 1. He said: “It is early days, but, for the first time since June – and we have no reason to doubt this – we are seeing high pressure from the Azores, and it starts to ridge.

“An ex-tropical storm is sitting in the Atlantic, so there is a little battle. I am hoping it stays there. The farmers are going to be very happy because it is a long time coming to have six days of UK-wide settled weather.

“Yes it will be cooler in the mornings, but it is still late enough in the summer to say we are not in autumn by then. With September I have started not to see it as an autumn month. 

“The cap is mid-20 conditions and it is overdue, the high pressure across the UK and Ireland. It is early days but there is some optimism.”

Will it be classed as an Indian Summer?

Despite meteorological autumn starting on September 23 – an Indian Summer is not technically declared unless a hot spell spikes in October or November. 

But, given a change in the seasons, it is unlikely these temperatures will be record-breaking. The Met Office’s long-range forecast from September 5 to 19 indicates a potential warm spell on the horizon. 

It says: “A changeable theme is likely across much of the UK during early-to-mid September, with some unsettled weather interspersed with drier spells.

“The wettest conditions are likely to be in the north and west of the country, while southern areas are more likely to see the best of any dry and sunny weather, though local variations on this remain possible.

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“Temperatures are expected to be around average for the time of year but may become slightly above average later in the period when there is also a chance of some more prolonged dry spells.

“There is, however, some uncertainty in the specifics due to the potential for the remnants of North Atlantic tropical storms to impact UK weather on short timescales.”

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