Sunshine and ‘heatwave’ could return next month after days of torrential rain

Brits are already missing the scorching weather, beach days, and heatwave after suffering from days of rain and flood warnings.

However, things may be looking on the brighter side as forecasters predict dry and settled conditions next month.

The mercury is expected to rise slowly, following the weekend washout Brits faced over the past few days.

However, temperatures in July are believed to be close to the average for the time of year, with the south east seeing the most sunshine.

It may not mean a heatwave is yet on the cards, but is also not ruled out as it's difficult to determine in long-range forecasts, the Met Office told the MEN.

A spokesperson said: "Looking as far ahead as July brings with it the usual uncertainties of predicting weather so far ahead but initial modelling suggests that usual summertime conditions are most probably across much of the UK from the start of July.

"We’re likely to see periods of dry, settled conditions, interspersed with occasional days of thicker cloud, rain and stronger winds.

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Temperatures should be close to the average for the time of year, with southeastern areas likely to see the warmest temperatures.

The Met Office added: "Overall, rainfall should be close to average for the time of year, and although the southeast may see fewer spells of persistent rain, thunderstorms are possible during warmer periods."

The current Met Office long-range forecast for UK weather claims that the northern areas of England may also see rainfall in the first two weeks of the month.

But the rest of the country "seeing warm weather" and "generally settled conditions".

For the period between July 5 and July 19, the weather agency predicts: "Confidence remains low for this period, but it is possible that periods of generally settled conditions will continue, these interspersed with some briefly unsettled spells at times.

"Most of the rainfall from fronts moving into the country will be over northern parts of the UK. Temperatures will probably remain around average for this time of the year, with many areas seeing warm weather."

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As for the final days of June, average temperatures will return on Friday with a band of cloud and rain moving across central and southern parts of England throughout the day.

Dry weather is likely for most Brits with spots of rain or showers in the south and east.

However, the UK is expecting to see more rain over the next few days before temperatures heat up, with heavy rain moving southwards into northern England from Scotland overnight and into Monday morning.

The weather outlook for Tuesday through to Thursday is more promising with sunny spells and dry conditions, with temperatures around the average for this time of year.

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