BRITAIN is braced for more extreme temperatures as plumes of hot air pushes in from Africa which will see mercury soar to a sizzling 35C.
A series of warm weather systems will continue to move in from across the continent bringing three heatwaves from the Sahara. Each high-pressure system will see temperatures soar above the seasonal average with at least 28C for large parts of the UK – five degrees above normal. The next wave of warm weather is expected to arrive at the end of the week as Britons continue to recover from a record-breaking July day.
On Thursday, Britain baked during the hottest ever July day – the month’s record temperature was broken four times in a single day – with a high of 38.1C (100.5F) set in Cambridge.
The 38.1C was 0.5C away from breaking the record for the hottest ever day in the UK.
Meanwhile, the Met Office announced a figure of 38.7C was received from Cambridge Botanic Garden – however this is yet to be verified.
The all-time UK record of 38.5C (101.3F) recorded in Faversham, Kent, in August 2003.
Leon Brown, head of meteorological operations at The Weather Company, confirmed the extended heatwave could last until September.
Mr Brown said: “After the past week’s extreme heat, three more heatwaves are forecast in Britain this summer as air from Africa arrives.
“Each spell would reach at least 28C, 5C hotter than average.
“Next weekend has up to 29C possible locally, then mid-August is forecast a plume with above 30C and up to five days’ heat, and a longer hot spell from the second week of September has a good chance of 30C.
“But there will be a wetter period in the August 5-12 week for most.”
However Brian Gaze forecaster at The Weather Outlook warned Britons will have to wait to get the flip-flops out once again, as the warm weather has gone “AWOL”.
Tomorrow will cloudy with outbreaks of rain for much of Scotland, northern and eastern England, some of which will be heavy.
A few embedded thunderstorms are also possible, especially around eastern coasts of England.
Monday will be mostly cloudy with showers affecting Scotland and north-east England.
It may become cloudier with outbreaks of rain in south-west England.
Tuesday is expected to be dry with sunny intervals for some, although there is a risk of some heavy showers breaking out across southern and central Britain.
However, it will be all change once again by the end of the week, Mr Gaze said: “Summer’s gone AWOL, with a miserable few days for families on holidays.
“But the heat will be back later in the week and again in mid-month, when 35C is possible.”