Britons have experienced a mixed summer of weather over recent weeks as coronavirus lockdown measures are eased, allowing millions of people a bigger opportunity to return to a normal way of living. Temperatures exceeded 30C last month as thousands of people flocked to beaches across the country. The mercury did, however, frequently slump, often below 20C, and coupled with thunderstorms and heavy rain, leaving Britons fearing the worst for this summer.
But the latest red-hot weather charts from Netweather show the country will scorch and enjoy a blistering heatwave in time for the peak of the hottest season of the year.
Next weekend, warm temperatures will sweep across the country, with highs of 24C in London, only dropping slightly below that across the southeast and southwest.
The North West and Midlands will see highs of 22C, while much of Wales will enjoy temperatures of 20C.
The mercury will then surge throughout the following week, in a huge boost to Britons.
UK weather forecast: Britain is set to be hit by a scorching heatwave later this month
UK weather forecast: The warmer temperatures will sweep across the country from next weekend
On Sunday July 19, red-hot weather maps show temperatures hitting highs of 30C in London, remaining no lower than 5C below that across the Midlands, southeast and southwest.
The North of England and parts of Wales will bask in 22C heat, while the mercury could hit highs of 21C in Scotland.
These scorching temperatures will continue over the following 24 hours, with highs of 31C in the capital the day after and only a few degrees lower in several surrounding areas.
Millions of people across the North of England and Wales will continue to enjoy temperatures of 22C, with the mercury falling slightly lower in Scotland and Northern Ireland, with highs of 19C, the charts claim.
UK weather forecast: Large parts of the country will bask in scorching temperatures
Temperatures will begin to fall slightly the following week, but parts of the southeast will still enjoy temperatures of 25C, with several surrounding areas still above 20C.
The charts show conditions are likely to remain hot from Sunday 12 July, all the way through to Wednesday July 22.
The Met Office’s long range forecast for July 11-20 says much of the UK looks “dry with bright or sunny spells”.
Temperatures will be “rather cool to average” with spells of rain a threat to northern parts of the country.
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But the Met Office adds: “Further south however, there should be more in the way of dry weather, though even here, there is still the possibility of some showers, or longer spells of rain.
“Temperatures are likely to be either around or on the warmer side of average, with the warmest conditions likely in the southeast.”
For the period July 21 until August 4, the Met Office says “although confidence remains low throughout this period, the preferred scenario favours a more settled regime”.
Commenting on the period between July 13-19, Netweather said: “A transition to more changeable weather is expected this week, with the jet stream gradually moving further south and the ridges from the Azores High moving further away from the British Isles.
UK weather forecast: Average maximum and minimum temperatures
“The hottest spell of the forecast period is expected to be at the beginning of this week, when temperatures have potential to exceed 30C especially in the southeast.
“There is potential for a thundery breakdown, but confidence in this is low.”
Looking ahead to the period, the BBC Weather’s long-range forecast says: “Interludes of high pressure are expected in between the low pressures, bringing some drier, calmer days too.
“High pressure will likely hold greater influence over the southern half of the UK, and this should largely keep fronts at bay, allowing for more dry, calm days across England and Wales.
“The south is also where there is the greatest chance of seeing temperatures trend slightly above the seasonal normal.”