Met Office verdict on August heatwave as hot temperatures look set to return

-Credit: (Image: Adam Vaughan)
-Credit: (Image: Adam Vaughan)

The Met Office has delivered its latest verdict on what the weather could have in store for August - and it's good news for those holding out for a return to hotter temperatures.

The weather agency's long-range forecasts suggests we could be getting above average temperatures and drier than usual conditions towards the end of July and into next month.

Meanwhile, the sunshine is expected to make another appearance next week after a wet and cool week for most. The Met Office said conditions are set to improve after a disappointing start to July saw yellow weather warnings for thunderstorms and rain issued on Wednesday.

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Towards the end of the week, temperatures are forecast to rise as high as 23C in parts of south-east England, including London and Kent, while Manchester can expect to see highs of 21C by Sunday.

The forecast for Manchester suggests sunshine is set to return next week -Credit:Met Office
The forecast for Manchester suggests sunshine is set to return next week -Credit:Met Office

Met Office meteorologist Liam Eslick said the weekend will likely bring sunshine, light winds and dry weather apart from a few scattered showers in places. The North will experience cloudier skies, while there will be patchy rain across eastern coasts, Mr Eslick said.

He added that Sunday will be “another day of sunny spells and slow-moving showers but cloudier with more prolonged rain in the North East”. It will also feel humid and bring temperatures just below their seasonal averages, the forecaster said.

Next week is likely to hold more unsettled weather across the country as a weather front arrives from the Atlantic, bringing rain to the North West of the country while the South sees showers and some sunny spells, the Met Office said.

According to the long-range forecast, there are "encouraging signs of a more settled spell developing" during the last few days of July. The forecasters noted that confidence in the broad weather patterns during the start of August "is much lower than average".

However, the forecast suggests that overall we are more likely to see "above average temperatures" and "drier than average conditions".