UK braced for bank holiday wildfire nightmare with temperatures set to reach 30C

The upcoming bank holiday will be dominated by high pressure, with temperatures of up to 30C expected to hit the UK this weekend.

The high temperatures coupled with the dry weather could lead to a return of wildfires as barbecues are expected to return for the three-day weekend.

According to Jim Dale, a meteorologist for British Weather Services, he said: "Temperatures in southern and eastern Britain could reach 30C over the bank holiday as it now looks like high pressure will take control of the weather.

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“It will follow another dry week across much of southern England with temperatures starting to rise from mid-week."

“However, because there won’t be any rain across the south and with temperatures going back up, we are back into a wildfire situation."

“People will be out and about, in forests and parklands, lighting barbecues and doing things that we haven’t seen much of over the past few weeks.

“So, the wildfire risk is the one that sticks out for me the most over the weekend.”

Wildfires were occurring throughout the consecutives heatwaves and according to Mr Dale, the subsequent rise in temperature could cause a return of the wildfires.

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“It is a combination of the ground still being very dry, despite the limited rain we have had and non-routine activities, such as barbecues in public spaces, that brings the risk.”

Met Office meteorologist Alex Deakin said: “Rain will last into Wednesday evening and then we are looking down to the far south for the possibility of some heavy outbreaks drifting up from France and affecting East Anglia and parts of the southeast."

“Looking into the weekend, it looks as though the dry weather will return with some sunny spells.”

A heatwave is unlikely this weekend despite the high pressure which Weathertrending meteorologist John Hammond said will remain in the UK until the end of August.

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