UK heatwave temperatures compared to 1976 by Ros Atkins
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By mid next week, temperatures in southeast England will see temperatures just shy of the 30C mark once again. Across Kent, Greater London, and parts of Norfolk and Lincolnshire, temperatures are expected to hit 29C on Wednesday, before dipping back to low twenties in the south on Thursday.
Countries across the continent, and the UK, registered record-breaking temperatures last month as heatwaves battered residents.
UK records were smashed on July 19, when temperatures broke the 40C barrier for the first time.
A temperature of 40.3C was verified in Coningsby, England, which far exceeded the previous record of 38.7C.
Official figures put the heatwave death toll on the Iberian Peninsula at approximately 2,000 people.
The head of the Portuguese health agency said that the country suffered more than 1,000 excess deaths during their July heatwave.
Spanish authorities attributed a similar number of excess deaths to the week and a half leading up to July 19.
But the move to cooler temperatures may not be coming as early as some had thought, or hoped, weather forecasters have now suggested.
AccuWeather senior meteorologist, Tyler Roys, said the “transition towards normal temperatures” across continental Europe will be “slow”.
The weather forecasting platform added that temperatures could be up to two degrees Celsius warmer than normal levels throughout the autumn.
A “dominating area of high pressure” linked to the extreme heat waves “is expected to remain firmly in place through at least the first part of the autumn”, it added.
The autumn is unlikely to solve the continent’s drought crisis, the weather forecaster added.
It predicted that the “high-pressure system” lingering across the continent will “keep warmth firmly in place” through the early autumn.
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This will fend off storms from much of mainland Europe, which will see drought conditions persist.
This may apply to southern parts of the UK as well as Spain, France and Italy.
Roys commented: “This could be the worst drought for southern England, France and Germany in decades.”
Italy’s Po River basin could “turn into a desert”, AccuWeather meteorologist Rob Richards said.
Once the persistent high-pressure system disintegrates across western and northern Europe, however, storms are likely to move in for the remainder of the autumn.
The forecaster said some parts of England, including London and Oxford, could stay “on the drier side”, with “more storminess is likely across the rest of the United Kingdom”.
These areas will be battered by heavier, more frequent rain and cooler temperatures.
Roys predicted: “Any cool shots during the second half of autumn will be more to the north, where storms will be more frequent late in the season.”
Part of the problem has been the increased marine temperatures in the Mediterranean Sea throughout the summer, the forecaster said.
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