UK set to sizzle in 38C heatwave from Europe as 'oven' threatens to hit

UK weather maps show a sizzling 38C heatwave hitting the country. A stifling 38C heatwave from the European continent is also threatening will sweep the country with the heat coming into Britain from the Azores in a major boost for Brits who feel sun-staved amid a drab and dreary summer.

The summer has largely been a washout, with weeks of rainy weather and torrential downpours. Jim Dale, senior meteorologist for British Weather Services has predicted the weather will improve with a jump up to 25C highs in the next week or so.

He said: "The weather models are all over the shop at the moment. Seemingly it will be much warmer from the 21st, between 24-25C, tops, but struggling to reach 30C. I can’t trust them beyond there but the expectation is of pleasant weather in the main."

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He said: "We are on the edge of all things, the Northerly quarter airstream. You might say we are lucky not to be in the oven with them." Netweather TV forecaster Nick Finnis added: "Unfortunately it's not looking too promising for the next 7-10 days if it's heat you're after, with most model ensemble guidance suggesting a continuation of cool conditions for the time of year, with the jet stream to the south of the UK."

The Met Office forecast from July 15 to July 24 reads: "Following a fairly changeable weekend with showers and the potential for longer spells of rain in the north, next week is expected to continue in a similar vein as another weather system arrives from the Atlantic, into parts of southern or southwest UK.

"This will most likely herald further spells of unsettled weather moving east or northeast across the country, with rain (most frequent in the northwest) or showers and some sunny spells (most frequent in the southeast) in-between at times.

"There are limited, if any, signs for more prolonged settled and warm weather, but winds are likely to stay fairly light overall with temperatures, particularly across the south, coming up to around the average for the of year."