Weather forecast – UK to bake in THREE more Saharan heatwaves

BRITAIN is set to sizzle in THREE more Saharan heatwaves following the hottest July day ever.

Temperatures are not expected to reach Thursday’s high of 38.7C but the hot weather will still peak at a baking 35C next month.

As early as Wednesday, heat is expected to push from the south and sweep the country.

The Weather Outlook forecaster Brian Gaze said: “Summer’s gone AWOL, with a miserable few days for families on holidays.

“But the heat will be back later in the week and again in mid-month, when 35C is possible.”

The Met Office measured a high of 38.7C in Cambridge two days ago – which if verified will make it Britain’s hottest day ever.

This weekend got off to a dreary start with heavy downpours and even flash floods in some parts of the country.

The Met Office issued a yellow weather warning for nearly all of England, Scotland and Northern Ireland to last until 3pm on Sunday.

And a separate weather warning was issued for heavy rain in London and the South East for this morning.

But from Wednesday, skies will turn clear, allowing for sunny spells to create warmer temperatures on lower ground.

Leon Brown, head of meteorological operations at The Weather Company’s Weather Channel arm, said: “After the past week’s extreme heat, three more are forecast in Britain this summer as air from Africa arrives.

“Each spell would reach at least 28C, 5C hotter than average.

“Next weekend has up to 29C possible locally, then mid-August is forecast a plume with above 30C and up to five days’ heat, and a longer hot spell from the second week of September has a good chance of 30C.

“But there will be a wetter period in the August 5-12 week for most.”

Met Office forecaster Neil Armstrong said: “From August 10-24, temperatures are likely to be above average and hot weather on the continent may spread in at times.

“The best of the drier weather will be across the southeast. The northwest may be unsettled at first.”

MeteoGroup forecaster Matt Dodson said: “The 30s are probable again in August, with southerly winds coming back.”