BBC Weather: Temperatures to rise after August's hottest day
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High pressure is predicted to help send temperatures soaring at the start of September following miserable and stormy conditions this month. The latest heat maps from Netweather show shades of deep red covering European countries on Wednesday, September 8. The shades of red hot heat are seen sweeping over France as temperatures of 31C strike western regions, before the heat is then seen pushing up towards south east England.
The shades of red cover London as highs of 26C hit on the same day, while Essex, Kent, Portsmouth, Bristol and Yorkshire bask in 25C.
The maps then show the heat appearing to linger until at least Friday, September 10, as sizzling highs of 35C hit southern France.
Once again, the same shades of red hot heat appear to sweep up towards the south of England as highs of 22C hit Southampton.
Brian Gaze, a forecaster at Weather Outlook, said the UK could see some “very warm periods” at the end of August and the start of September.
He said: “Computer models are suggesting that temperatures are more likely to be above the average than below it over the period as a whole.
“There could be some very warm periods mixed in, particularly in the south.
“Although showers or longer spells of rain remain a possibility, on balance the period is expected to be drier than average across the UK as a whole.”
The BBC’s long-range forecast between Monday, September 6, and Sunday, September 19, added high pressure around Europe could bring a “potentially warm pattern” into the UK.
The forecast said: “September weather comes with the general heavy caveat of hurricanes leading to a higher chance of disruption.
“But there are some encouraging signals on what we might expect if tropical cyclones stay away.
“High-pressure north of Europe is likely to be a key feature for much of September, and they may extend into Central or Western Russia as well.
“Around mid-September, there is the greatest chance for a more progressive pattern to develop.
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“This would see more westerly winds bringing Atlantic fronts in quicker and more frequently.
“This is still an unsettled pattern, but temperatures will become much more changeable day-to-day and there is a better chance of higher winds at times.
“Hurricane activity may make our risk scenario more likely, which is for stronger high pressure to the west of Europe or overhead, leading to a drier and potentially warmer pattern, somewhat ironically.”
The Met Office also predicted high pressure and warm conditions to dominate at the start of next month, although they may be interrupted by brief spells of cooler air and wet weather.
The forecast between Monday, August 30, and Wednesday, September 8, said: “High pressure is likely to dominate through the end of August and the start of September, resulting in fine and settled weather across the UK.
“This will bring variable amounts of cloud, sunny spells, a few light showers, and some fog patches overnight, which clear during early morning.
“It looks increasingly likely that largely settled conditions will persist through much of the rest of this period, though perhaps weak frontal systems bringing light rain and showers at times.
“Winds likely to be light to moderate for most, fresher along the east coasts, and breezier towards the far south, where it may feel cooler. It is likely to be rather warm in the west but cool in the east below any persistent cloud.”
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