Weather map shows when hot conditions could return - but there's a while to wait

A predicted heat map for Wales and other parts of the UK for Tuesday, July 23
-Credit: (Image: WXCharts)


So far it hasn’t exactly been a long hot summer in Wales. In fact it’s been more a case of ‘blink and you’ll miss it’ type weather so far - with memories of a few stolen days of glorious sunshine in June now almost forgotten as we’re faced with day after day of drizzly, windy conditions with barely average temperatures for this time of year.

Surely it won’t continue like this all the way through until autumn? Potentially not, as the Met Office has given us some hope that we can once again pack our bags for the beach and crack open the sun cream that’s edging towards its expiry date in the kitchen cupboard. You can get the latest WalesOnline newsletters e-mailed to you directly for free by signing up here.

Tuesday (July 9) will continue to be largely the same as what we have come to expect, with showers hitting different parts of Wales throughout the day. In fact, there is a thunderstorm warning in place for parts of the country, between 2pm and 11.59pm on Tuesday, with as much as 10-20mm of rain possible in an hour or so and even 30mm in a few hours in certain places.

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Wednesday looks slightly better with less chance of rain and temperatures at around 17C by the late afternoon, while Thursday looks set to be the best day of the week with a maximum 20% chance of rain and temperatures hitting 18C. But Friday and Saturday look largely unsettled, with a higher chance of showers throughout the day in most parts of Wales.

Outlook for this week (according to the Met Office)

Tuesday evening:

"Heavy and persistent rain will continue to push northwards across Scotland and parts of Northern Ireland. Thundery showers slowly easing across northern England. Elsewhere remaining largely cloudy, with some showery rain in places. A muggy night for all."

Wednesday:

"Unsettled with cloud and rain across the north through much of the day. Becoming drier elsewhere with some sunny spells possible across the far south. Feeling warm in the sunshine."

Outlook for Thursday to Saturday:

"A good deal of dry albeit rather cloudy weather through this period, but showers remain possible at times, perhaps heavy. Temperatures generally below average but feeling warm in any sunshine."

Longer range forecast (July 14 to July 23):

Above average temperatures for this time of year could be on the way as we head into the second half of July, at least for a few days. According to the Met Office: “Into the weekend conditions will be mostly cool to average with some showers at times, most settled in the north west.

"The first part of the new week is likely to see a mixture of rain or showers move in from the southwest as a more westerly breeze establishes allowing temperatures to recover to around or just above average, feeling warm in sunnier periods outside of showers/heavy showers or thunderstorms, with a more settled spell to the south mid-week possibly spreading to much of the UK, though this likely only for a few days at most before a more showery northwest flow resumes.”

The Met Office added that, from July 24, there is a “greater than normal chance of a more prolonged settled spell developing” with “above average temperatures overall”. A weather map from WXCharts also indicates that hotter conditions could be experienced around this time.

So, whisper it quietly, but we may get some more summer before the end of July and into August. Let’s just hope it’s worth the wait.

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