UK weather as exact date hot weather to return predicted as forecasters issue July verdict

Brits are set to say goodbye to the scorching heatwave as cooler air moves in this week, but don't pack away the suncream just yet - another burst of sunshine is on the cards.

Last week saw the UK bask in the hottest temperatures of the year, with a sizzling 30.3C recorded at Heathrow, leading to a series of heat health warnings from the UK Health Security Agency. However, the mercury is expected to take a dip, with forecasts suggesting mid-to-high teens across many regions by Monday.

Overcast skies will be a common sight across Britain throughout the week, but those craving sunlight might not have to wait too long. A return to warmer weather is anticipated around mid-next week.

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Accuweather is predicting highs of 25C in London and the southeast come Wednesday July 10, while WXCharts' weather radar maps show swathes of red, hinting at higher-than-average temperatures for the time of year.

Looking further ahead into July, the outlook is somewhat uncertain. James Madden from Exacta Weather, in his latest update, suggests that the jet stream could usher in a spell of warmer weather from next week onwards, stating: "We now expect the more southern-driven jet stream to start to drive northwards from in and around this time next week and during the following week, starting on July 8th.", reports the Mirror.

"This will allow for our shores (UK and Ireland) to come under a much warmer airflow over an extended period from this pattern change, and it will also place us in an extremely favourable position for high pressure rises and some hot to very hot temperatures on a widespread scale from in and around mid-July and throughout much of the second half of the month."

The Met Office, however, has forecasted more "changeable" weather conditions, including spells of rain. Their long-range prediction for Friday 5 July to Saturday 14 July suggests: "This period is likely to see a continuation of the changeable conditions, with occasional bands of rain moving in from the west or northwest. There will be a good deal of dry, warm, and settled weather in between frontal systems, with the best conditions most likely in the south and east where winds will be lighter. In contrast, further north and west, it will generally be breezier, and any rain that does occur will be heaviest over the hills."

"Cloud cover will vary, with cloudier weather expected in the north and west, while clearer skies are likely in the south and east. Temperatures will be around or a little below average for the time of year, but on sunnier days with lighter winds, it will still feel warm."