UK set for mini-heatwave with 32C plume coming to wipe out the washout
The washout summer has continued with heavy downpours and flood warnings.
But weathermen are promising sunshine from later tomorrow with temperatures soaring to 32C by the end of the week as high pressure builds.
There were more torrential downpours today with the Met Office issuing a yellow warning for possible flooding in parts of Wales and northern England.
Forecasters said there remained a chance last night of properties being flooded, while some communities could be cut off as rivers rise.
Spray and flooding led to difficult driving and public transport delays.
The Met Office said the heavy rain arrived in the South-West before moving across the country towards the North-East.
The mountains of north-west Wales and parts of north-western England had the worst of the deluge with as much as three inches falling.
Thunderstorms are possible on Friday but in the meantime a plume of warm air from the continent will dominate from tomorrow.
Temperatures will soar, particularly in the South, and if it reaches 32C it will be hotter than 29C due in Sicily’s capital of Palermo.
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A Met Office spokesman said: “A spell of sunny, very warm to hot weather is likely to develop.
“Many areas, especially in the South and South-East, could expect to see temperatures above 30C.”
However, the good news does not look set to last for the late August bank holiday.
The Met Office spokesman added: “Although temperatures are set to pick up this week, an August bank holiday heatwave is looking probably unlikely.
“A changeable pattern towards the end of August and into early September has a probability for thunderstorms developing within warm interludes, especially in the South.”
But a further heat surge is expected to hit in early September, with another warm spell expected mid-way through the month.
Forecasters said the disappointing summer is because of the position of the jet stream, a flow of winds high up in the atmosphere.
The stream has passed below the UK, leaving a series of cooler and wetter weather systems to sweep in.
Far warmer conditions have been seen further south on the continent.
As a result, England saw more than four inches of rain in July – around 75% higher than the average – Met Office figures show. It was the wettest July for 14 years.
The average maximum temperature in England for the month was 20.1C, one degree below average.
And it was also half a degree cooler across the UK at 14.8C.
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