Wet and windy weather has hit the UK over the past few days, with conditions seeing the Met Office issue weather warnings over the weekend. Now more heavy rain is on the way, but forecasters are predicting hot weather will be back next week.
Low pressure is dominating the weather, bringing heavy rain, strong winds and cooler temperatures to much of the UK.
This pattern will continue for much of this week, with the potential for very heavy rain and blustery showers to the North and East.
However, July will soon begin to feel warmer, with Netweather forecasting high-pressure building from Friday.
This will bring drier and more settled conditions from the west, and send temperatures soaring.
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Many will be glad to see higher temperatures, after a rather disappointing start to July.
Sunday was “unusually windy for July” according to the Met Office, as fresher air swept across the country and brought cooler conditions.
Gusts of up to 67mph were recorded on Sunday, with heavy showers and thunderstorms to the North and Scotland.
Now some forecasters have predicted temperatures reaching up to 30C next week, with drier conditions marking a return of summer weather.
BBC forecaster Helen Willetts said from the weekend a southerly wind is due to move in meaning “the temperature is likely to start to rise”.
However, Ms Willetts said: “There’s quite a bit of uncertainty in the forecast that far ahead.
“And even if the temperature does rise we are only looking at, we think, the low to mid-20s at this stage.”
Despite this, Netweather has reported temperatures reaching 26C for large parts of the country between Sunday 12 and July 20.
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The forecasters have also said temperatures could reach 30C as the jet stream moves towards the south of the UK.
Temperature maps from Netweather show the mercury lingering around the high teens and low 20Cs for much of this week, before a drastic change sets in from this weekend.
On Sunday, July 12, highs of 24C will be felt across the south of England, warming up elsewhere too.
On Monday, this heat will be felt more widely, with the North West feeling 24C, Scotland 21C and the south of England 24C.
This will continue on Tuesday before conditions begin to spike on Wednesday according to Netweather’s temperature charts.
There will be a string of hot weather across this week, reaching the high 20C and possibly 30C.
On Wednesday, up to 27C could be felt in the south of England, with temperature maps turning red with the heat.
Thursday follows a similar pattern, with 25C highs and widespread warmth across the UK.
These temperatures are due to a new weather system moving in bringing some “warmer Atlantic air, so we start to pick the humidity up again” according to the BBC forecaster.
The Met Office’s long-range forecast states: “Temperatures are likely to be either around or on the warmer side of average, with the warmest conditions likely in the southeast.”
Heading to the end of July, the Met Office long-range forecast states: “Although confidence remains low throughout this period, the preferred scenario favours a more settled regime.
“There should be plenty of dry, fine weather around, though there is still the risk of occasional bouts of rain and strong winds.”
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