Met Office and BBC Weather breaks silence over 'likely' heatwave hitting UK

The BBC Weather team and Met Office forecasters have issued a three-month outlook - and said heatwaves are "likely" to hit the country over summer. BBC weather forecaster Derek Brockway spoke out over the possibility of rising temperatures and above-average conditions this summer.

The Met Office has also issued its latest three-month UK outlook forecasting a "warmer than average summer is likely", with Mr Brockway saying a heatwave risk is higher than normal". He added: "Rainfall is more uncertain. August is often the wettest summer month in Wales but in 2022 it was the driest!"

"Drier more settled weather on the way for the start of June and meteorological summer this weekend thanks to high pressure. Some patchy clouds and sunshine and feeling warmer with lighter winds," he added in a forecas ahead of June arriving.

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Met Office deputy chief meteorologist Helen Caughey said: “From Friday, we see a change in weather type, with conditions turning drier and more settled from the west. Although some showers are possible at times - most likely in the southeast initially and later in the weekend in the northwest - many should see a decent amount of sunshine.

“With the exception of the southeast at first, where it will be rather cool to start the weekend, temperatures are generally unremarkable for the time of year, close to or a little above average. However, it will feel a little warmer with light winds and prolonged sunny spells, generally away from windward coasts.”

The current outlook for June 4 to June 13 reads: "In early June, it looks likely there will be a split in conditions across the UK. Further south, higher pressure is likely to continue to dominate, although perhaps with some cloudier interludes and the patchy rain. The north is likely to see more in the way of unsettled weather, with a mix of blustery showers and sunny spells.

"Temperatures generally around average in the south, but occasionally rather cool in the north, especially along exposed coasts. Thereafter the outlook becomes more uncertain. The south of the UK will probably continue to be drier, although it's not possible to rule out scattered showers at times. Cooler and cloudier further northwest, where rain is more likely. Temperatures probably around normal."