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UK weather: Met Office forecasts ‘strong sunshine’

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Brits are braced for sizzling hot weather as forecasters and meteorologists predict temperatures to reach 32C in some parts of the UK this weekend. Despite the week starting off with showers and heavy rain, with floods even seen in some areas of London, summer seems like it’s finally arrived. In good news, the Met Office predicts “fine, dry weather” for July.

How long will the heatwave last?

The period of scorching weather, starting July 16, is likely to only last a few days.

Wednesday, July 21, according to maps from WXCharts, is likely to be when temperatures see a drop following the mini heatwave this weekend.

The hot weather is expected to blast through Tuesday with highs of 27C, remain in the mid-20s throughout Wednesday, before starting to subside.

The long range forecast for the Met Office, between Friday and Sunday, July 25, reads: “By the start of this period there is high confidence that there will be a marked change to much more settled and warm water, as an area of high pressure becomes slow moving across much of the UK and Ireland.”

Looking forward past Wednesday, it could become unsettled but likely to remain nice and dry with average temperatures.

The Met Office outlook for Wednesday to July 30 reads: “This period will continue to be influenced by an area of high pressure slowly moving across the UK.

“The odd shower remains possibly for Wednesday afternoon, but it will be largely dry with sunny spells.”

Areas of the UK likely to see the most sunshine are in the West, while northern and eastern areas can expect “cloudier and cooler” climate.

The outlook continues: “Following this [Wednesday] it’s likely that we’ll see a change to more unsettled weather toward the weekend, with sunny spells and heavy, possibly thundery showers moving in from the south.”

At this point, northern parts of the country are likely to see the driest conditions, in contrast to normal.

Temperatures will likely continue to be nice and warm, even hot in some parts of the west of England, before “probably becoming somewhat cooler and fresher”.

This will very likely be the beginning of a switch to a more unsettled spell of weather going into August.

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This weekend is expected to be so hot that Public Health England (PHE) has been forced to issue a warning as the Met Office predicts it will reach “heatwave thresholds”.

PHE officials have told the public to ensure they stay cool while supporting these who are greater risk of illness in hot weather.

Dr Owen Landeg from the Public Health body said: “Much of the advice on beating the heat is common sense and for many people, spells of warmer weather are something they very much enjoy.

“However, for some people such as older people, those with underlying health conditions and young children, the summer heat can bring real health risks.

“That’s why we’re urging everyone to keep an eye on those you know who may be at risk.”

PHE’s scientific and technical lead urged people to check in on friends, family or neighbours to see if they need support during the warm weather.

He added: “It’s also worth remembering the practical steps to keep homes cool during the day as this can aid sleeping at night and give the body time to recover from the heat.”

Ways to stay safe during a heatwave includes keeping your home nice and cool, closing curtains, drinking plenty of fluids and staying out of the sun between 11am and 3pm – when UltraViolet (UV) rays are the strongest.

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