Friday, 23 Oct 2020

ITV Weather’s Lucy Verasamy on why UK hot weather will be VERY different to last week

After a notably cooler than average month, July showed off at the last minute with last Friday’s heatwave bringing widespread heat in from the Continent and subsequently soaring temperatures with near 100F (38C) at Heathrow, London and close to 86F (30C) as far north as Kinloss, northern Scotland. Rather than a gradual increase of heat as with previous record-breaking heatwaves, this was a one day wonder with temperatures nearer to normal within 24 hours.

This week the hot weather returns but expect a different scenario.

As we draw in heat from Europe again temperatures are already gradually rising across the UK and are expected to peak tomorrow.

This time the most intense heat will be concentrated across southern Britain with more modest, manageable temperatures further north. 

The hot spot is likely to be south-eastern Britain and like last week highs are expected to bounce up to near 98.6F or 100F (37 or 38C) once more.

The last time we had temperatures this high in August was a record-breaking heatwave back on August 10, 2003 in Faversham.

As well as scorching sunshine, it’ll also feel uncomfortably muggy and stuffy with unwelcome humid air – making for some very warm evenings and restless, potentially sleepless nights as temperatures are unlikely to dip much below 68F (20C) after dark.

The Met Office have issued a heat health alert across parts of England which draws attention to the most vulnerable and those with underlying health issues during remarkable hot weather while the NHS gives advice and suggestions on how we can manage the extreme heat including a change of usual routine to avoid being out during the hottest part of the day, seeking shade where possible and keeping curtains and blinds closed to help to reduce the strong sun through the windows and in turn helping to keep it cooler indoors.

Coasts and shaded woodland areas – ideally lesser known ones to avoid others and keeping within distanced guidelines – will offer the best relief from the heat if you are able to travel. 

Rather than missing out on the heatwave, those based in Scotland and northern England will experience a more a more pleasant feeling warm spell – with less extreme temperatures and fresher feeling air. 

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