UK heatwave forecast: Hot weather map turns RED as sweltering 86F blast to bake Britain

Heatwave conditions are about to make a return to our shores after a fairly soggy and thundery weekend all round. Weather maps from WXCharts, which takes its data from MetDesk, pinpoint the exact date hot weather will return to the UK. And it’s not long to wait, the latest charts reveal.

August will kick off to a blinding start as next Friday will see temperatures rise to the mid to highs 20s.

By 6pm on Friday, July 31, much of the UK has turned red as the weather maps show a band of hot weather sweeping across the country.

About 22C to 25C will be felt by much of England, with 19C to 20C for Scotland and Northern Ireland.

London and the surrounding areas will see the brunt of the rising mercury, forecast to hit about 27C by Friday evening.

And the weather forecast just keeps getting better from there.


  • UK weather forecast: Heatwave returns with scorching 28C

The 2-metre maximum temperature charts show that into Saturday, it’s only going to get warmer.

Temperatures in the south east will rise to 27 to 28C, with a high of 30C (86F) in and around London.

The band of red has become smaller, but those expecting the hot weather will see balmy temperatures of about 22C to 26C.

Elsewhere in the UK, temperatures will remain steady at about 19 to 20C, dropping to between 12 and 17C in some parts of Scotland.

Into Sunday, and the weather forecast looks much the same with heat continuing to swelter the south east.

Highs of 23 to 24C will be felt for London and the surrounding area, with maximum temperatures expected to stay around 19C and 20C for the rest of the country.

This will continue into Monday, August 3 and for much of the week, with Thursday’s temperatures expected to be about 23C by 6pm.

The sweltering temperatures come as Europe, too, bakes with up to 40C heat over the same time period.

Parts of the south of France could see highs of 38.8C by the end of Saturday, while Spain is expected to roast in 39.6C.

Met Office weather warning: Thunder and lightning to smash Britain [WARNING]
Flood alerts in place as torrential downpours to lash Britain [ALERT]
UK hot weather forecast: Weekend scorcher as 80F blast hits Britain [MAP]


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BBC Weather confirmed the UK would get a return to “warm, summer weather” next week.

BBC meteorologist Tomasz Schafernaker said there was some “good news” coming, as the weather would settle down after a stormy and blustery few days.

He added: “Towards the end of the week we could be coming back to warm, summer-like weather at long last.

“By Friday I wouldn’t be surprised if we didn’t hit 30C in the south.”

While the Met Office remains cautiously optimistic, giving their forecast from Tuesday to Thursday which reads: “Sunshine and showers on Tuesday, some heavy with brisk winds in northeast Scotland.

“Mainly dry with sunny spells on Wednesday and Thursday, perhaps rain later in northwest. Becoming warmer later.”

The agency’s long range weather forecast from July 30 to August 8 adds: “Thursday is likely to be fine, dry and warmer for most places. A brief very warm spell is likely for many areas at the end of this week with a good deal of sunshine, although increasing cloud may bring rain to northwestern areas.

“Scattered showers and thunderstorms will probably bring a change to cooler, more changeable conditions from the west next weekend.

“Through early August changeable weather is likely to continue with bands of rain, perhaps accompanied by strong winds, interspersed with brighter, showery conditions.

“Wettest conditions are likely across western areas. However, all areas should have some dry spells, these most likely in the east.

“It is often likely to be on the cool side for western areas, but with temperatures closer to average across the east and southeast.”

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