UK weather: Drastic differences between the UK's north and south
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Brits basked in hot weather earlier this summer, with searing temperatures prompting the Met Office to issue its first-ever extreme heat warning. But in the weeks to follow, heatwave conditions were replaced with the arrival of Storm Evert and some generally windy and wet weather.
Some areas of the UK have managed to catch some good weather this month, while other places haven’t been so fortunate and have faced significant rainfall.
Grahame Madge, a Met Office spokesman, said: “August has essentially been a case of mixed fortune with some areas seeing drier weather than usual, while others have virtually had a whole month of rainfall in just 10 days.
“We’re not expecting to see record-breaking weather, as there have certainly been wetter Augusts in the past but many areas have faced a very wet and intense period of rain.
“We are putting this down to an area of low pressure which is moving slowly across the country bringing the damp conditions many have seen.”
Despite a few weeks of dreary weather, the next few days are expected to be more settled weather-wise.
Mr Madge added: “Do not expect to see heatwave conditions, but dry, sunny spells for many.
“However, there may be a few outbreaks of rain in Northern Ireland and Scotland as the week progresses.”
For those dreaming of another heatwave, there could be a chance later this month.
The latest weather forecasts and maps suggest some scorching hot temperatures could return later in August.
Netweather maximum temperature forecast maps show much of England could see several consecutive days where maximum temperatures are in the mid to high 20’s.
Sunday, August 22, looks likely to be a scorcher of a day, with maximum temperatures exceeding 25C a possibility across much of England.
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In the days to follow hot weather is expected to continue, with maximum temperatures of 24 to 27C forecast across England on Monday, August 23.
On this date, Wales could see maximum temperatures of some 21 to 23C, while Northern Ireland is forecast to see highs of 20C.
In Scotland, maps show maximum temperatures may vary between 17C and 21C.
Then on Tuesday, August 24, temperatures could get as high as 28C in some parts of England and Wales.
By the time Wednesday, August 25 rolls around, most of the UK can expect to see maximum temperatures above 21C as weather maps turn almost entirely red.
WXCHARTS maximum temperature maps show 27C could still blast Britain on Thursday, August 26 too.
The Met Office long-range forecast for later in August doesn’t make any mention of a potential heatwave.
But temperatures in late August and early September are likely to be “overall near or slightly above average”, according to the meteorological agency.
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