UK heading for INDIAN SUMMER as Met Office forecast shows warm weather for MONTHS
Britons hoping to find some relief from the unusual heat sweeping over the country may be in for a surprise, according to the three-month outlook released by the Met Office.
Meteorologist Bonnie Diamond warned Britain to be prepared for an Indian Summer, with rather dry and warm weather, much different to the autumn’s temperatures the UK is used to.
According to the long-range forecast, during the usually cold month of October Britain could reach temperatures as high as 59F (15C).
The Met Office outlook shows an increased chance of high-pressure systems close to the UK.
This means settled warm conditions are more likely than unsettled weather from our typical Atlantic weather systems.
Ms Diamond said: “This means there is an increased likelihood of warmer-than-average temperatures and below-average rainfall.
“It must be noted, however, that this does not necessarily mean temperatures will be hot or that a ‘heatwave will continue’, as above-average temperatures can mean one or two degrees above average, for which August, September and October are 66.2F (19C), 60.8F (16C) and 55.4F (C13C) respectively.
“Further, warmer-than-average temperatures does not necessarily mean sunshine – it can be warm and cloudy too.”
The UK has been suffering a scorching hot and dry weather during the last months.
The Met Office warned that the heatwave is here to stay at least for two more days, with temperatures possibly peaking at 91.4F (34C) in Essex or Norfolk on Tuesday.
But Britons should find a relief from the extreme heat from Wednesday, when temperatures will ip to around the mid -20Cs mark, according to the Met Office.
Forecaster Dean Hall said there will be “quite a marked change to the feel of things” from the middle of the week as conditions turn “fresher and more changeable”.
It is likely to stay cooler throughout next weekend, he continued, with “no real sign of any return of the heat that we have been seeing over the recent days”.
Unusually warm weather is likely to trigger thunderstorms during the rest of the summer.
A Met Office spokesman said: “Isolated showers or thunderstorms are possible and these are most likely for southern counties.
“In the northwest it could be breezy at times, and the wind will perhaps be accompanied by outbreaks of rain.”
Meanwhile the rest of Europe is baking under near-record temperatures, with the mercury pushing towards 48C in Spain, Portugal and Italy.