UK Weather: Temperatures to continue to rise
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A new provisional highest temperature of the year of 32.2C was reached at Heathrow Airport, according to the Met Office. The previous record of 31.6C was set at the same site on Sunday. The heatwave is set to continue with some forecasters suggesting this week could hit more hottest temperature records.
The Met Office issued its first-ever amber extreme heat warning for large swathes of the UK as hot conditions continued during the week.
The warning is in force across parts of the South East, South West, London until Friday and across Northern Ireland until Saturday.
High temperatures during both day and night are ongoing and could lead to public health impacts, peaking on Thursday before temperatures drop on Friday.
The wider population is expected to experience some adverse health effects including sunburn or heat exhaustion including dehydration, nausea and fatigue.
The weather forecast predicts warm conditions for much of the UK on Thursday evening and overnight.
Some areas will experience isolated thunderstorms in the afternoon before they dry out and leave clear spells.
Some patchy fog will form by dawn while low cloud returns to some eastern counties of England and Scotland.
It will be another warm or very warm night on Thursday, especially in the south and west.
On Friday, there will be low clouds which will mostly clear to leave another very warm or hot day.
Sunny spells are also forecast for Friday across many areas of the country.
There will be isolated thundery showers which will develop in the west.
Rain is predicted to arrive in the southwest later on Friday.
Showers and thunderstorms are predicted to interrupt the sunny spell this weekend before conditions spike once again on Monday.
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The maximum temperature map from forecaster WX Charts for Monday, July 26 reveals temperatures are predicted to surge to hit 23C in some areas.
The map reveals these temperatures will continue to hit 20C and above for several days.
Forecasters predict heatwave conditions will return by the middle of next month.
The Met Office said: “Into early August, warmer and drier-than-average conditions look likely to return for much of the UK.
“By mid-August confidence becomes rather low, but with changeable conditions most likely.
“Above-average temperatures continue to be signalled for much of the period, perhaps becoming very warm or hot at times in the south.”
The Netweather forecast for now until mid-August reveals sunshine totals are expected to be above normal in Northern Ireland, much of central and western Scotland and northwest England.
Conditions will most likely fall a little below normal in the south and east of England.
Elsewhere, the weather will be close to or just above normal in most areas.
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