Heatwave to last until OCTOBER with soaring temperatures predicted

UK weather Rain map

UK weather Rain map

The heatwave that has gripped the United Kingdom for much of the summer is finally coming to an end with thunderstorms and lower temperatures moving in.

"Elsewhere, temperatures in Scotland, Northern Ireland, Wales and western England will be closer to average, the high teens being typical".

The heaviest downpours in the East of England are likely to hit Essex and Suffolk, before thundery rain moves eastwards after midnight with most parts dry by dawn.

The long spell of hot and sunny weather that sent the mercury to a year high of 35.6C in July has caused sea temperatures to reach near-record levels, the Met Office said.

The UK's warmer than average weather could last until October, although the current heatwave is only expected to last for another two days.

However, forecasters believe above-average temperatures could remain until October.

A long-range weather forecast by the Met Office suggests temperatures between August and October this year could be warmer than average.

"This also increases the chances of above-average United Kingdom temperatures, particularly in the early part of the forecast period".

Bonnie Diamond, from the Met Office, said: "This means there is an increased likelihood of warmer than-average temperatures and below-average rainfall".

The outlook - used by planners, businesses and government to start plotting weather-related decisions - shows an increased chance of high-pressure systems close to the United Kingdom, meaning settled conditions are more likely than unsettled weather from our typical Atlantic weather systems.

The mercury is set to rocket past 30C (85F) in parts of the United Kingdom on Monday, with 33C possible in London and to the east of the capital as the working week kicks off.

The outlook comes amid Europe's heatwave, with several countries, including Portugal, seeing record-breaking temperatures in recent days.

Britons heading back to work after the weekend sunshine will be loosening their ties for two more sweltering days before the heatwave cools off.

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