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Hot spell set to bring highs of 28C

Written by on 4th September 2021

Temperatures are predicted to soar to almost 30C (86F) in parts of the UK next week, following weeks of soggy weather.

England and Wales are expected to experience warmer weather from Sunday, with temperatures rising to around 28C (82F) in some areas on Tuesday, the Met Office said.

But the hot spell will come to an abrupt end with thunderstorms in the second half of the week.

The storms will start in the western parts of England and Wales before moving east into next weekend, the Met Office said.

People are being warned that while the peak of summer has passed, they could still suffer sunburn if they fail to take precautions.

Met Office meteorologist Craig Snell said: “The sun is still fairly strong so if you’re going to be in the sun for kind of a good length of time, wear a hat and some sun cream because even though it would be kind of past the peak of the summer, the sun can still burn you at this time of year.”

Mr Snell said temperatures are likely to be higher than expected for this time of year.
“For some of us I think they will probably be a good five degrees above average for the time of year,” he said.

“At the early part of September we’re probably looking at an average of about 21C (70F) across southern parts of the UK.
“In the North, we are probably looking more around the high teens so 17-18C (63F-64F).”
Mr Snell also said: “September over the last decade or so, we have had a warm spell especially towards the beginning of the month.”

A period of high pressure in the west of the UK had meant cloudy conditions for many over the last week but these systems will draw southward over the weekend, bringing warmer winds from continental Europe, he said.

Scotland and Northern Ireland are expected to see less warm weather with fronts moving in from the North Atlantic likely to bring spells of rain with them.