Temperatures can reach 30°C in London today as heavy rains drench large parts of Wales, Scotland and northern England.
In a tale of two halves, isolated areas of central London, the southeast and East Anglia could all see scorching temperatures, while more northern parts of the country saw some much-needed rain after the driest July on record.
Meteorologists have said it will be warm and humid today, with rain confined to the western hills and coasts, with a large area of rain over south Wales, while clearer skies are in the east of the country.
According to the Met Office, areas that don’t see rain today may have to wait to quench their thirst, and the mercury will rise again to reach the 30C mark on Wednesday.
The hotter-than-normal start to August is caused by the Azores’ high-pressure system — this concentration of warm air normally comes from Spain’s coats, but has grown larger and is now being pushed north.
A Met Office spokesperson told MailOnline today: “There is a chance of 30C in isolated areas, but for the most part it will be around 28C or 29C today.
Paddleboarders take to the sea on Bournemouth Beach after a busy day during the July heat wave. The dry weather that was common in most of the UK last month is expected to continue
A combine harvester is working today in a field near Newchurch on the Romney Marsh in Kent. There was almost no rain in parts of the UK in July
Forecasters predict dry weather with isolated showers in some northern parts of England and Scotland in the coming days
The Met Office has confirmed that this summer has been the driest on record for East Anglia, the South East and the South of England
While the dry weather from last month continued in southern England, there is a return to more traditional British summer weather in the north of the country. The covers remained in place as rain delayed the start of the game between Lancashire Lightning and Essex Eagles in Sedergh, Lancashire, today
The blankets stay on and the spectators stay under the umbrellas at the cricket in Sedbergh, Lancashire today. It comes as the rain rages over Northern England, Wales and Scotland
The main temperatures for tomorrow are 30C in central London, the south east and east Anglia. More commonly in the UK it will be closer to average temperatures.”
‘Thursday it will start cool, but that will turn into sun during the day. There will be sunny periods for much of the south of England and Wales.
‘It will be a mostly sunny day with above-average temperatures for many for this time of year.’
The Met Office says temperatures will return to levels more typical of early August around 25C on Friday, although conditions will remain “clear and sunny” for most.
A spokesperson added: ‘Over the weekend, the high pressure system continues to move over the southwest, with sunshine and clear skies.
“It’s a similar story on Sunday, with a mostly clear environment and temperatures in the mid-twenties.”
While parts of Scotland, the west of England and Northern Ireland have a chance of rain in the coming days, much of the UK ‘will not see much’.
It comes after the Met Office confirmed that July will be the driest in the country since 1935 and the driest on record for East Anglia, the South East and the South of England.
High pressure pushed the rain to the northwest, allowing temperatures to rise elsewhere.
The UK saw just 56 percent (46.3mm) of average rainfall in July, while England alone has just 35 percent.
dr. Mark McCarthy of the National Climate Information Center said: ‘July 2022 was a considerably dry month for southern England, with just 10.5mm of rain falling so far, down from the previous record of 10.9mm set in 1911.
Parched ground is visible at Llwyn Onn Reservoir in Merthyr Tydfil, South Wales this weekend as water levels plummet after a month of mostly dry weather
Bewl Water Reservoir in Lamberhurst, Kent, is much lower than normal after the driest summer ever in South East England
Dry weather, which appears to be continuing in the southeast, has led to tinder box conditions, with officials and firefighters warning people to be careful not to start wildfires
“The dominant weather pattern for the month has only allowed interludes of rain in the northern areas of the UK, with areas further south receiving mostly rain from isolated and volatile showers in a month that will eventually be remembered for extreme heat. ‘
On July 19, the UK also experienced its hottest day on record, when temperatures soared above 40°C for the first time.
The mercury reached an unprecedented 40.2C (104.4F) at Heathrow Airport, beating the previous all-time high in the UK of 38.7C (101.7F) in Cambridge in July 2019.
The extreme heat was caused by a plume of hot air from North Africa and the Sahara and a subtropical pressure system from the Azores creeping further north than usual — a result of climate change, experts say.
Forecasters also confirmed that the previous night was the warmest on record in Britain, with temperatures not dropping below 25C (77F) in many parts of England and Wales.