Hurricane Ida blows in a HEATWAVE: Summer expected to arrive late with 30°C temperatures as remnants of mega storm cross the Atlantic next week (just as school holidays end)
- Hurricane Ida that ravaged the US affects weather systems in the Atlantic Ocean
- The storm will bring ‘a lot of heat and rain’ and the UK could see 86F next week
- Met Office warns while temperatures may rise, thunderstorms may also occur
Summer is expected to arrive late as Hurricane Ida could blow a mini heat wave over some parts of Britain just in time for the school holidays to end.
The tropical storm that has devastated parts of the US has impacted conditions on the other side of the Atlantic, meaning the UK could see temperatures as high as 77F in the coming days.
The Met Office says the tropical weather system means there is some uncertainty, but temperatures will rise from Monday and peak Wednesday before cooling down towards the end of the week.
At the height of the mini heat wave, much of the country is expected to be bathed in highs of 86F with low 80s everywhere.
Summer will come late for the British this month as Hurricane Ida could blow a mini heat wave across large parts of the UK just in time for the end of the school holidays (file photo)
It comes after a mostly disappointing summer across the country. Although temperatures were warm, large parts of the UK saw flash flooding after torrential rains in July.
Hurricane Ida won’t reach Britain, but there will be some thunderstorms over the next week that will accompany the higher temperatures in this country.
The hurricane means a small dip has formed in the jet stream that could allow low pressures near the UK to draw in warm air from the south.
Meteorologist Alex Deakin explains: ‘The remains of Hurricane Ida will generate a lot of heat and rain.
‘The energetic system from the tropics pushes the jet stream up to the north, which then plunges down.’
The latest temperature maps from Netweather.tv also suggest the UK could see temperatures as high as 86F next Wednesday.
While temperatures will be warm, experts warn that accompanying rain “will be heavy at times, with the risk of some thunderstorms.”
Tomorrow, the Met Office says, the UK will see “a rather cloudy start, with some drizzle in places”, but breaking clouds in the south and west to give sunny spells, especially on the south coast.
Pictured: Homes damaged by Hurricane Ida remnants on Josephine Lane in New Jersey
Saturday is expected to be dry and clear for most of the UK with some drizzle in the evening and Sunday in the north.
The Met Office has said next week will be “less steady,” adding: “Tempers are likely to get warmer than average in all parts, maybe get really warm at times in sunnier parts of the east.”
It comes as parts of the US continue to be ravaged by Hurricane Ida, which has left a devastating trail of destruction across much of the country.
Ida was the fifth most powerful storm to hit the US as it hit Louisiana this Sunday with maximum winds of 150 mph, likely causing tens of billions of dollars in flooding, wind and other damage, including to the electrical grid.
The remnants of the storm sent devastating rain Wednesday across parts of Maryland, Pennsylvania, New York and New Jersey, killing at least 22 people and significantly disrupting major population centers.
More than a million homes and businesses in Louisiana and Mississippi were without power after Ida toppled a large cell tower and knocked out thousands of miles of lines and hundreds of substations.
Somerset Patriots baseball field was completely submerged in Bound Brook, New Jersey on Thursday
New Orleans was plunged into total darkness; power began returning to parts of the city on Wednesday.
The White House says Mr Biden is getting regular updates about the storm and its aftermath.
He has held several conference calls with governors and local officials to discuss post-storm preparations and needs, and has received briefings from Fema administrator Deanne Criswell.
Fema had shipped tons of supplies, including generators, tarpaulins and other equipment to the region before the storm, and federal response teams are working on search and rescue.