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Met Office confirm when next UK heatwave will hit and warn 40C is possible

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    Met Office weather forecasters have revealed exactly when the UK's next glorious heatwave will come – and said there is a very slim chance the mercury could hit 40C again.

    Britain has enjoyed a spell of scorching weather in recent weeks, with temperatures exceeding 30C on multiple occasions. It means this month is expected to be the hottest June on record.

    Last year we saw temperatures exceed 40C for the first time in recorded history.

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    The Mirror reports that, despite showers plaguing some parts of the country in recent days, the Met Office reckon a return to blazing conditions is right around the corner.

    July 15 looks set to be the peak of the new warmth.

    Craig Snell, meteorologist at the Met Office, told The Mirror: "That's when we will start to see high pressure dominate and that will bring drier and brighter weather."

    Met Office spokesman Grahame Madge told the publication: "Over the first half of July there is not a strong indicator of hot weather.

    "We have to remember that there is currently a 1% chance of 40C temperatures in our climate.

    "For mid to high 30Cs, we could get that and they are becoming more frequent."

    And Jim Dale, senior meteorologist at British Weather Services, said there is a 60% chance of temperatures hitting at least 35C in the second half of July.

    But the topsy-turvy weather the UK has experienced recently will continue into next week.

    Unsettled patterns will see showers, sometimes heavy, combined with periods of sunshine.

    Weather maps show a band of rain already moving in from the west and it is expected to reach most of Wales by this evening (Friday, June 30).

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