Met Office speaks out over June heatwave and when first 30C day of year will hit

The Met Office has issued a verdict over the chances of a June heatwave - amid reports the first 30C day of the year won't be far off. After reports from InMeteo and WX Charts which appear to have breathed life into heatwave prospects, the Met Office has poured cold water on the claims.

Stephen Dixon, a spokesman for the Met Office, said there is "not a heatwave in the current forecast" and explained June would see a "cooler pool of air" move "gradually southeast" and showers will follow "through much of the week" with June proving "typical".

He added: "There is a chance that high pressure from the west and southwest will settle things down. That would reduce shower frequency." The pressure, the forecaster said, could "reduce showers for a time and settle things down"

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On the Met Office website, the forecaster carries two separate forecasts, one being medium-term and one a longer-term outlook. Looking ahead from June 9 to June 18, the Met Office explains: "Showers are likely to affect some north and northeastern areas at the start of this period with drier and sunnier conditions elsewhere.

"A build of pressure will probably bring settled conditions across the country as a whole for a few days after this, with dry conditions prevailing and periods of sunshine. Toward the following weekend, these dry conditions may start to decline with a greater chance that more unsettled weather could develop.

"Should this happen, the wettest conditions are likely to be in the north and west, with the driest weather in the south and east. There is still a chance that drier conditions could remain in place more widely. Temperatures are likely to be near or slightly below average at first, perhaps slightly above normal later."

Its outlook for June 19 into July adds: "Signals are weak, as is common for this time of year, regarding prevailing weather patterns during the last couple of weeks of June and into the start of July. As is typical, all areas can expected to see some spells of drier, sunnier weather but there will also be showers or longer spells of rain at times."