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The UK's Longest Heatwave In Four Years Starts Today

Ali Condon

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The UK's Longest Heatwave In Four Years Starts Today

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The longest running heatwave the UK has seen in four years is predicted to begin this weekend, with temperatures set to rise up to 30C.

Brits can expect the warm weather to kick off this Friday, July 8, with temperatures hitting highs of 27C to 29C over the next few days.

While the highest temperatures will prevail in southern and central England and Wales, temperatures will be above average through this weekend and into early next week.  

For this warm spell to be considered an official Met Office heatwave, conditions must remain for at least three days in a row.

While the Met Office has forecasted that warm weather will prevail through much of next week, it's not clear just how high temperatures will soar.

A level 2 heat health alert has already been issued for southern and eastern areas of England.

Met Office Deputy Chief Meteorologist David Oliver said: “We’re at the start of a stretch of warm weather for much of England and Wales, that could last for much of next week.

In the short term, many can expect temperatures in the mid to high 20s Celsius over the weekend, and then in the low 30s Celsius during the start of next week. Much of next week will remain warm for the time of year as well as dry and sunny.” 

Should this heatwave run for 12 days in a row, it will be the longest experienced by the UK in four years, The Mirror reports.

We're in for another lovely spot of hot weather. Credit: Alamy
We're in for another lovely spot of hot weather. Credit: Alamy

By mid-July, the mercury is expected to hit a scorching 35C, if not higher. But if you're already making plans to cool off at the beach in your bikini, then brushing up on your water safety is a must.

Sam Hughes, National Water Safety Partner at the RNLI said: “It is great to hear that the sun is on its way but we want to remind everyone to stay safe at the coast. If you are planning on going to the beach we would encourage you to visit a lifeguarded beach and swim between the red and yellow flags.” 

“If you get into trouble in the water, Float to Live: lean back, use your arms and legs to stay afloat. Control your breathing, then call for help or swim to safety. In a coastal emergency, call 999 or 112 for the Coastguard.”

People need to be careful, however, as highs of 27-29 degrees are expected in some areas. Credit: Alamy
People need to be careful, however, as highs of 27-29 degrees are expected in some areas. Credit: Alamy

On Saturday, 9 July, conditions will remain dry and bright with warm sunshine in most areas across the UK.

Highest temperatures across the south and east will reach 25C.

Warmer, sunnier conditions will spread to more central regions across Britain on Sunday, as temperatures hit highs of 27C.

Topics: News, Weather

Ali Condon
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