A late summer heat wave could hit the UK with temperatures of around 30 ° C in just over a fortnight thanks to a North African plume.
According to Portuguese forecasters, a “scorching” heat wave will cover large swathes of Europe.
Temperatures in the hottest parts of the UK – most likely in southern regions like Kent – could soar or even exceed 30C from August 20.
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The Met Office is not entirely convinced that will happen, however, with their long-term predictions indicating that warmer weather is possible later in the month.
Confidence is quite low on the heat wave as the period is still a few weeks away, although this cannot be ruled out.
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Any heat wave is likely to be accompanied by warnings about the dangers of extreme heat and water safety, after the July heat wave caused more than 30 water-related deaths in just one week.
However, more storms are on their way before that happens, with four days of heavy rain to contend with.
The Met Office has issued severe weather warnings, saying some areas, particularly North West England and North Wales, could receive up to 80-100mm (3-4 inches) of rain on Friday, with an additional 3 inches possible on Saturday at four-nation games.
The Portuguese Institute of the Sea and the Atmosphere (IPMA) said the scorching weather could return after the soaking period, Correio da Manha newspaper reported.
The report says a wave of “scorching heat” from North Africa will sweep over Europe in the coming weeks and could extend north as far as Norway.
Temperatures in the hottest parts of the UK could exceed 30C from August 20, according to the report.
It will be even hotter in Portugal, where 40 ° C is possible in the Algarve and other areas from August 13 as a heat wave spreads over southern Europe, increasing the risk heat-related illnesses and forest fires.
The North African plume is then expected to extend north to the UK and into Norway, according to the report.
Although wet and windy weather looks set to continue for some time in the UK, the Met Office said there were early signs temperatures could start to rise until next week.
In its long-term forecast from August 19 to September 2, the Met Office said: “Although confidence is very low during this time, a continuation of changing conditions is very likely.
“Calmer weather could develop, particularly towards the north and north-east of the UK.
“Temperatures are likely to be above average, with the potential for warmer weather later in the month with precipitation most likely below average.”
For the south of England, which is traditionally the hottest part of the UK, the average maximum temperature for the end of August is around 21-22 ° C.
The Met Office defines a heat wave as at least three consecutive days with a daily maximum temperature reaching or exceeding the threshold, which is 28 ° C in London and as low as 25 ° C in other parts of the UK.
The UK recorded its fifth hottest July on record this year after a heat wave that saw the first warning of extreme heat.
On the other hand, the second half of the month saw some areas affected by intense downpours which caused flooding.
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