UK braced for month of super heatwaves with 40C expected again in just days

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The UK is facing some very strange weather conditions over the coming month caused by unusual events in the ocean.

“Super heatwaves” are expected to fry Britain this August, as sea waters thousands of miles away fluctuate dramatically.

The changes could have a major impact on the weather here and are largely to do with the "La Niña" phenomenon.

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This is the third time the phenomenon has happened in as many years and is causing some of the lowest temperatures in the Pacific seen for three decades.

Experts think "La Niña" could cause an "Azores High" to build in the UK, the same phenomenon that took place in the build-up to the heatwave last week.

A meteorologist for British Weather Services, Jim Dale, said: “La Nina continues to carry on, and it might even strengthen.

“While it is always difficult to predict the precise effects on our weather, it may act to bring the Azores High back into the south of the UK. We are not talking in the immediate future, but in the longer term.”

Stretching from the Atlantic Azores, the enormous high-pressure system was the primer for the shockingly high temperatures that smashed British records in 2022.

This event was something of a perfect storm though because while it often simply causes blue skies and pleasant sunshine, this time it combined with a low-pressure system from Portugal which pulled hot air up from Africa.

Now some projections think that the start of August could go in a similar way to the historic July.

The co-editor of the Royal Meteorological Society’s “Weather” journal took to Twitter to say: “40C in the UK once again appearing in more than one GEFS [forecasting system] forecast for early August.

“Recall this is not something which had been seen in medium-range forecasts until June 30 this year. But it is possible that this model's hot and dry bias is exaggerating the true potential.”

James Madden of Exacta Weather, told theExpress: “Confidence is high for further periods of extensive heat and very hot conditions throughout August, from the early part of the month onwards.

“It will remain to be seen from nearer model runs if temperatures could reach the levels seen during the recent record heatwave. Nevertheless, we are certainly expecting to see temperatures approaching the high-30Cs again during these 'super heatwave' heat surges.”


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