THE HEAT WAVE IN THE UK HAS BEEN PLANTED: Forecasters say it will persist for the next few days.
The Met Office issued an unusual amber warning for excessive heat in reaction to the heatwave, which has seen Britain revel in record-breaking warm weather this week.
According to the Met Office, a new preliminary high temperature of 32.2C was recorded at Heathrow Airport. On Sunday, the previous record of 31.6C was set at the same location. The heat wave is expected to continue, with some experts predicting that this week’s temperatures will establish new highs.
As hot weather persisted throughout the week, the Met Office issued its first-ever amber excessive heat warning for wide swaths of the UK.
The warning is in effect until Friday in portions of the South East, South West, and London, and until Saturday in Northern Ireland.
High temperatures are expected to continue throughout the day and night, posing a risk to public health. Temperatures will peak on Thursday before dropping on Friday.
The general public should expect certain negative health impacts, such as sunburn or heat exhaustion, as well as thirst, nausea, and fatigue.
On Thursday evening and overnight, the weather forecast anticipates mild temperatures across much of the United Kingdom.
In the afternoon, isolated thunderstorms will occur in some locations before drying out and leaving clear skies.
By daybreak, patchy fog will build, and low overcast will return to some eastern English and Scottish counties.
On Thursday, it will be another warm or very warm night, particularly in the south and west.
Low clouds will be present on Friday, but they will generally clear, resulting in another extremely warm or hot day.
On Friday, sunny spells are expected in several parts of the country.
Isolated thundery showers are expected to develop towards the west.
Later on Friday, rain is expected to arrive in the southwest.
Showers and thunderstorms are expected to break up the sunshine this weekend, with temperatures rising again on Monday.
The maximum temperature map from forecaster WX Charts for Monday, July 26 shows that temperatures are expected to rise to as high as 23 degrees Celsius in certain regions.
Temperatures will remain in the 20s and 30s for several days, according to the map.
Heatwave conditions are expected to resume by the middle of next month, according to forecasters.
“Warmer and drier-than-average conditions appear likely to return for much of the UK through early August,” the Met Office warned.
“By mid-August, confidence has plummeted, but this is most likely due to changing conditions.
“Above-average temperatures are expected to continue.” Brinkwire Summary News.