UK told to brace for first 'scorching heatwave' of year and summer will be 'very warm'

Weather forecasters have explained the date the UK will be hit by its first "scorching heatwave" of the summer. Jim Dale, a meteorologist from British Weather Services, said Britain could see a mix of scorching heatwaves and thundery showers this summer.

Mr Dale said there could be periods where we “see excessive heat for the south” and “ex-hurricane activity” in the north. Mr Dale added that it would be a “warm to very to very warm summer interspersed with thundery type showers”.

The Met Office forecast for June 5 to June 14 reads: "The first part of the period most likely characterised by showers sometimes blustery, occasionally heavy with thunderstorms, these most often across north-western areas but all areas likely to see some at times, though with a good deal of brighter spells around these, again more predominantly in the south.

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"Temperatures rather cool or average. Into the new week increased potential for rain to spread from the west with fresh or strong winds and bands of rain possibly breaking up into areas of showers. 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." It adds of June 15 to June 29: "There is a slight shift of the most favoured regime from more unsettled to settled conditions through this period, though by relatively small margins, this linked to a slight trend towards drier and warmer conditions especially in the south as the period progresses.

"On balance, it is probable that a continuation of variable, slow moving weather patterns are likely through much of June, with high pressure becoming more dominant from the west late on. Temperatures are most likely to be around or above normal."

Speaking to the Express, Mr Dale commented that there would be heatwaves “at times” but that these would not be “long-lasting”. He summarised: “It’s a bit of a witches brew but there will be enough in it for everybody whether you want rain or you want the heat.”