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UK weather map: July heatwave to bring 110F blast to continent as charts turn blood RED

The end of June has seen temperatures dip back down to the low 20C, with the highs of 33C replaced by cloudy skies and chilling winds. However, as we head into July temperatures could once more shift to see heatwave conditions sweep the country.

According to forecasters, Europe will be facing sweltering heat as July begins, with up to 43C – 110F – possible in Spain on the weekend of July 4 and 5.

Much of the continent will experience highs of above 30C at the beginning of July.

In France, conditions will be slightly cooler than that of Spain, with highs of 31.5C on Saturday but increasing to 33C to the south of the country on Wednesday, July 8.

While highs of 40C may not be felt across the UK, temperatures will once again pick up in the UK in July.

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From Monday, July 12, the Met Office long-range forecast predicts a warmer weather pattern for the UK.

The forecast reads: “It looks as if relatively dry, settled and warm conditions may be established at the start of this period, bringing some sunshine for most parts, particular southern and central areas.

“The northwest may still be more changeable with nearer normal temperatures.”

According to maps from WXCharts, the UK may see highs of 24C over this coming weekend, with temperatures rising in time for lockdown restrictions easing.

From Saturday, July 4, England’s pubs, restaurants and cinemas will be allowed to reopen as long as social distancing measures can be ensured.

This means beer gardens will once again be open, and Britons can spend time in the sunshine with a pint.

However, Britons have been cautioned to stick to social distancing guidelines after thousands flocked to beaches when hot weather hit in June. 

Prime Minister Boris Johnson told Brits to “stop taking too many liberties” ahead of lockdown measures easing this weekend.

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Weather maps show in the first full week of July temperatures will continue to rise across the country, with up to 26C possible in London by Friday, July 10.

There could be interludes of both sunny and rainy conditions, with a “very windy wet spell” forecast at the end of this week.

Maps from WXCharts also show temperatures rising from Saturday, July 4 onwards – turning red as the mercury heats up.

The Met Office long-range forecast states: “The best of any drier, brighter weather more likely across the south and east of the UK.”

However, it is the second week of July which will see improvement, with “signs that the weather may become drier, more settled and warmer again.”

Netweather maps forecast 27C in the south of England on July 14, with maps turning red with heat that week.

Forecasts from Met Check also predict hot weather in July, as despite “a mixed start to the month” the middle of the month will see “high pressure starting to become more dominant”.

This means conditions will turn “warm across many parts of Central and Southern areas with hot weather possible for parts of England.”

These areas of high pressure are forecast to push away any low pressure, bringing highs again to the UK.

Netweather charts also show the heat returning to Britain, with temperature maps forecasting 26C highs by Thursday, July 9.

A forecast for the month ahead from Met Check reads: “A mixed start to the month is expected with low pressure continuing to dominate the weather and somewhat cool for Northern and Northwestern areas.

“An improving picture for the middle of the month with high pressure starting to become more dominant and turning warm across many parts of Central and Southern areas with hot weather possible for parts of England.

“Turning thundery later in the month as low pressure tries to move in once again from the West with plumes approaching from the South.”

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UK weather forecast: Violent storms and heavy rain to pummel Britain today – horror maps

The UK’s record-breaking heatwave has come to end with a new low-pressure system sweeping across the country today, bringing with it thundery showers and violent storms. While many will be eager for a chance to cool down after this week’s searing temperatures, the Met Office has issued a raft of weather warnings for rain. And weather forecasters say we could be in for a dreary weekend, as the hot and humid temperatures die out in favour of some damp and drizzly conditions.

“Intense thunderstorms” are expected to continue in the north of the country and towards Scotland, where the Met Office warns heavy showers “may bring 10 to 20mm per hour for some places during Saturday”.

Met Check warned the “heaviest, most frequent and prolonged showers” are likely to be found across parts of western Scotland and Northern Ireland today – but scattered showers are expected across the whole of the UK.

The forecast said: “A big change in the weather across many parts of Britain and Ireland this weekend as low pressure moves in from the west, pushing away the hot and humid conditions of recent days to leave a cooler and fresher weekend with showers or longer spells of rain affecting most regions.

“Already this morning showery outbreaks of rain are moving in from the southwest around that area of low pressure, some of the showers locally quite heavy and even bringing a rumble or two of thunder in places.

“If you are lucky enough to start the day off on a dry note it’s unlikely to last with most places catching at least a shower and some areas seeing some pretty heavy and perhaps thundery downpours which could merge into longer spells of rain at times.”

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Temperatures are expected to peak at a maximum of 23C in the UK today – but no where near the highs much of Britain has seen this week.

The mercury reached its peak on Thursday after 33.4C (92.1F) was recorded at Heathrow Airport in west London. And on Friday, temperatures reached a maximum of 31.2C, recorded at Kew Gardens in London.

Today, however, the UK will see a drop of about 10C with many waking up to lows of 13C this morning.

Into the rest of the day, temperatures will remain steady at about 14C to 15C, with some parts struggling to reach 20C.

The changeable conditions come as an area of low pressure swoops in over Britain today, bringing the potential for wide spread showers across most of the country.

The Netweather TV forecast for this weekend reads: “An area of low pressure will move northeast across Ireland towards the west of Scotland during Saturday, spreading fronts across the UK bringing bands of showers across many areas, showers locally heavy with thunder in places.

“Some dry and sunny intervals at times too. A breezy day and feeling much fresher across all parts with the warm and humid plume shoved away to the east by low pressure moving in.

“Temperatures reaching 16 to 19C across the north and west, 19 to 21C across the south and east.”

Forecaster Nick Finnis added an “upper low will move in from the Atlantic across Ireland on Saturday, with surface low over Ireland drifting north and deepening to be centred close to the west of Scotland by 00z Sunday.

“Unstable warm/moist plume of the last few days has cleared most of Britain but still hangs on for a time across the far N and NE of Scotland, where elevated thunderstorms continue to spread NW here for a time this morning, bringing heavy rain and frequent lightning, before clearing away here, though may affect the Northern Isles for a time.

“Otherwise, cooler showery regime spreads northeast across all parts through Saturday behind occluding cold front clearing N and E across the UK this morning, bringing a band of rain.

“Showers will spiral N and NE across the UK around the low moving N over Ireland. Any storms may produce hail, gusty winds and localised flooding.

“Thunderstorms most likely from Wales/Midlands/Cambs northwards, so 30 percent probabilities mapped here, though isolated lightning possible with any heavier showers south of this.”

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Met Office Operational Meteorologist Martin Bowles warned “here will be frequent showers with heavy thunder.”

He told The Sun Online: “On Saturday we are talking about most parts of the country having potential for showers which could be heavy particularly in the Midlands and Northern England and Northern Ireland.

“There are some weather warning for thunderstorms and rain in Scotland which could cause some minor local flooding.

“On Sunday there will be a bit more of the same – showers will be less frequent. Most of the showers and the strong winds will be in Scotland.”

However, ITV forecasts the thunderstorms will slowly clear on Saturday.

Showers will become heaviest and most prolonged in the north, but “it will generally feel fresher than of late with temperatures much lower, and it will also become rather windy across many central and southern parts,” the forecast says.

The Weather Outlook adds: “Saturday starts with outbreaks of rain affecting much of the UK and there are still some thunderstorms in eastern Scotland.

“Through the day showery bands of rain spread northeastwards and some heavy bursts are likely to be mixed in.

“Despite that there will be sunny spells too with the best of them in the south this afternoon.”

Sunday is expected to bring more rain, although storms are forecast to be less frequent.

Parts of Britain could also see some sunny spells this weekend, although with markedly lower temperatures.

The Met Office forecast for Sunday says: “Heavy and persistent rain in parts of northwestern Britain. Sunny spells and scattered, blustery showers in the south.

“Windy for many with coastal gales in north. Much cooler again.”

Today’s forecast comes after parts of Yorkshire were pelted with giant hailstones the size of a £2 coin on Friday afternoon.

Images of the massive hailstones – about 4cm in size – were posted on social media as witnesses were in awe of their gigantic size.

Craig Snell, a meteorologist with the Met Office, said hailstones seen in winter were “quite small”, but heat in summer months gives thunderstorms more energy.

This “helps keep the hailstones up in the clouds for longer, they get to grow more and then fall from the sky.”

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UK weather latest: Huge churning Atlantic system barrels towards Britain – major change

Britain has baked in scorching temperatures this week, as the mercury soared to well over 30C in some areas with humidity as high as 80 to 90 percent in parts. Much of the country has also witnessed thunderstorms in recent days, with some regions taking a battering from heavy rain and lightning storms.

The Met Office issued three days of thunderstorm warnings earlier this week, but this weekend the hot weather is expected to be eased out, and cooler, wetter weather is expected to move in.

And next week, weather maps from WXCharts, which take data from MetDesk, show barreling winds swirling in the Atlantic – and on track to the UK.

Peak wind gust charts and 2m wind gust maps show a system building in the Atlantic from July 1.

Starting small off the west coast of the USA and Canada, the system gradually builds into Thursday, with winds speeds reaching a peak of about 70mph.

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Into Friday, the vortex continues to build before tracking towards the UK – where speeds start to deplete rapidly.

By midday on Saturday, July 4, the east coast of the UK could see winds of about 35mph before the system dissipates.

Grahame Madge, spokesman for the Met Office, told Express.co.uk: “It’s changing. The weather pattern we had which led to the heatwave is easing.

“It started yesterday afternoon and will continue through today and tomorrow to be a weather pattern more dominated by Atlantic conditions, so that will be fresher conditions for many, perhaps a bit breezier.

“Bit more in the way of rainfall, although obviously with the thunderstorms we’ve had good amounts of rainfall and indeed hail in some locations.

“But very much a change from the heatwave and the thundery conditions to much more Atlantic-dominated conditions, not so much heat and certainly not so much thunder and lightning.”

Mr Madge said the temperatures will start to drop, but the south east will still see some warm weather this weekend.

He added: “Temperature-wise, we’ll be coming back down nearer to normal… in the South East still seeing temperatures 28C possibly isolated 30’s.

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“But that area of heat is becoming ever more confined to the South East, and as we go through into tomorrow everywhere will start to be much fresher and cooler.

“There will still be thunderstorms but not so much risk.

“Into next week we’ll still be seeing an unsettled spell, we do have a weather system anchoring itself to the north and west of Scotland that will bring heavy rain to Scotland, northern England and Northern Ireland on Sunday through into the early hours of Monday.

“Still a chance of showers, still quite breezy conditions Sunday and into Monday especially for northern and western coasts.”

On Monday the weather patterns will be split over two halves of the UK.

From around Pembrokeshire northwards, this half of the UK has a good chance of rain on Monday.

For the southern half of the UK, from South Wales to East Anglia, places will see drier conditions, still with some chances of showers, but still brighter and with less overall rainfall.

Tuesday’s rainfall looks likely to be much less, some showers and heavy rain in places, but emphasis will shift to perhaps more settled conditions with brighter spells.

Next week the temperature is not expected to be as high as it has been this week.

According to WXCHARTS maps, which use data from MetDesk, the highest temperatures on Monday will appear in the South East.

Highs of 17C are forecast for some areas, while many other parts of the UK are also forecast to see temperatures into the teens.

On Tuesday maximum temperatures up to 20C could be possible.

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