Britain will have one last blast of summer this week as rising temperatures, boosted by a plume of warm air from the Mediterranean, push mercury levels to 75F.
Revelers are expected to once again descend on the country’s sun-drenched outdoor spaces today as the country prepares for a week of mild weather and scattered sunshine.
The effects of Hurricane Ida, which devastated parts of the US, are believed to force a change in the UK after weeks of dull gray skies and rain brought on by high pressure.
The warm weather, expected to arrive today, will lead to temperatures rising to 75F over the south of England before rising to a blistering 82F on Tuesday.
The heat wave comes after figures from the Met Office showed southern England experienced the third dullest August since records began, beating only in 2008 and 1950, with the region receiving just 129 hours of sunshine last month compared to the usual average of 192.5 hours.
Revelers soak up the sun in Dorset’s West Bay as the UK prepares for a final burst of summer, boosted by a plume of warm air from the Mediterranean
Beachgoers watch rock outcrops in Dorset’s seaside town of West Bay as warm weather prepares to return
The Met Office has said temperatures will rise this week as the high pressure area shifts to the south-east of the UK in the coming days, allowing winds to turn south.
Alex Burkill, a Met Office forecaster, said this weekend: “It looks like hot temperatures will be set in the Southeast after a disappointing end to summer.
“August was particularly grey, dull with cooler temperatures, but it looks like there’s a little blast of summer weather coming.
“The week starts with temperatures of up to 27°C on Monday, it will probably be dry and sunny for most, but this is just the beginning.
“Tuesday is likely to be the hottest day, with temperatures likely reaching 28C or even higher before dropping slightly again on Wednesday.”
Meteorologists predict that while Hurricane Ida won’t be felt directly in the UK, the strength of the weather system would have an impact on the weather we will experience.
Earlier this week, Met Office spokesperson Grahame Madge told: The sun: ‘These hurricanes bring warm moist air into the North Atlantic, which can have the effect of boosting pre-existing weather systems.
“While we won’t see the effects right away, it will boost the jet stream.”
“London and the South East will probably benefit the most, but most of the country will hopefully see temperatures in the mid-20s.
“I have to say there is some uncertainty about how hot it will get, and that won’t be the case for the whole country.”
It comes after August was the third cloudiest month for southern England, after the region got just 129 hours of sunshine.
Meanwhile, East Anglia also experienced the third cloudiest August on record, with only 127.2 hours of daylight in the area compared to the average 195.7 hours usually observed during the month.
For the UK in general – August was the 12th dullest month on record with 127.4 hours of sunshine – the figure is 78 per cent of the 163 hours of sunshine commonly seen.
Despite the gloomy weather, Tyndrum in Stirling, Scotland, this month recorded the UK’s highest temperature yet after reaching 80.2F on August 25.
Warm weather will see temperatures in the south of England soar to 75F before rising to a blistering 82F on Tuesday
High pressure area will shift to the south east of the UK in the coming days leading to temperatures
Last month, the south of England experienced one of the dullest and wettest summers in a decade, while the north of England and Scotland experienced unusually warmer temperatures and the driest summer since 1869.
The capital and central England, where temperatures were just 0.25C higher than the long-term average, also saw regions flood after being hit by heavy rain and thunderstorms.
Data also showed that the City of London saw 117 percent of its usual August rainfall on August 20.
Heavy rain and hail have already caused ‘significant problems’ for the harvest, according to the National Farmers Union (NFU).
A union spokesman said this year’s harvest has been delayed due to the cold spring temperatures, but it’s too early to say how much profits will be affected and whether consumers could see a rise in food prices.
They said: ‘The local heavy rain and hail have caused significant problems in certain areas.
“It’s a mixed picture because for many areas they just haven’t had many clear dry days in a row to harvest, so it was a bit of a ‘stop-start’ harvesting.
“Where they have harvested, grain has often had to be dried because the better weather hasn’t lasted long enough to bring the moisture level down to where it needs to be.
“The problems will get worse if the unstable weather continues, because it will affect the quality of the grain if it lasts too long, especially for crops like milling wheat.”