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Are we heading for a heatwave?

Are we heading for a heatwave?

Published by Lisa Darvill at 1:12pm 22nd July 2019.

We could be in line for a heatwave this week, with temperatures set to reach record breaking levels by Thursday. 

  • The Met Office says heatwave thresholds are set to be met
  • Temperatures could reach 30s Celcius on Tuesday 
  • Thursday is expected to see the peak in temperatures with 37°C possible 

The Met Office says heatwave thresholds are expected to be met this week as high temperatures persist for three days or more. 

Tuesday will see more widespread sunshine across all parts of the UK, with the best of the brightness in the East.

It will be predominantly dry across the UK with temperatures climbing into the low 30s Celsius across much of England. 

There'll be highs of 28°C in the Harrogate District and 27°C in Craven. 

Temperatures will remain high overnight into Wednesday, making it uncomfortable to sleep, with potentially record-breaking overnight temperatures of 24°C. The previous record is 23.9°C set in August 1990.

From Wednesday fresher air is expected to move into western parts of the UK however the heat will continue to build in central and eastern parts with highs reaching 35°C.

It's set to be around 25°C in the Harrogate District on Wednesday with highs of 24°C in Craven. 

Thursday is expected to see the peak in temperatures with 37°C possible in the south east of England. The current July record is 36.7°C set at Heathrow in 2015. The all time UK temperature record is 38.5°C recorded in Faversham in August 2003.

It could get as hot as 28°C in Craven on Thursday and 29°C across the Harrogate District. 

Chief Meteorologist Paul Gundersen said:

"The UK will experience another pulse of high temperatures this week, with the possibility of records being broken for not only July but also all-time records. The weather setup is broadly similar to the pattern that brought high temperatures to much of continental Europe at the end of June. As well as high temperatures during the day, overnight temperatures will also be notably warm and could also break records. Conditions will feel much more comfortable for all by the time we get to Friday."

The heatwave will start to break overnight into Friday, as a cold front pushes eastwards bringing rainfall and thunderstorms to some parts as fresher air moves in from the Atlantic.

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