UK weather forecast: When will summer begin? When will heatwave start? Met Office latest

Britain got off to another soggy start this morning with showers plus cool temperatures of 8C in Scotland and 12C in the south of England. After the roasting heatwave over the Easter bank holiday in April, May has proven to be more disappointing wise with cloud and lots of rain. After heavy showers fell at the weekend, weather forecasters are warning of more wet conditions in the coming days. The warned of rain and hail on Monday, with downpours in the northeast on Tuesday and Scotland, and northern England on Wednesday.

Further rain is forecast in the southwest of England and far north of Scotland on Thursday followed by torrential downpours on Friday.

When will summer begin?

The start of summer is determined either by the meteorological summer or astronomical summer.

The astronomical summer is calculated by the Earth’s tilt on its rotational axis as it orbits the sun.

This year, the season starts on Friday, June 21 when the Earth’s rotational axis is at its nearest point towards the sun.

The day is known as the summer solstice, or midsummer, and is technically when we have the most amount of sunlight in the UK.

But meteorologists define summer in another way, classing the seasons as one of three monthly periods.

Summer runs from June and August, meaning it begins on June 1.

When will UK heatwave start? Met Office latest

Right now, there does not look like a massive heatwave is imminent to coincide with the start of summer.

The Met Office long-range forecast up until Sunday, June 2 predicts “spells of rain” mixed with wind and sunshine.

Temperatures will be “near to or slightly below average” for the time of year.

The forecast from Sunday, June 2 to Sunday, June 16 states the weather system is likely to become less dramatic with finer conditions as Atlantic weather systems are kept at bay.

The forecast reads: “Overall, settled weather is most likely across northern parts of the UK, but these settled spells will extend to all areas at times.

“These periods of drier and settled weather will occasionally be punctuated by cooler, showery spells as Atlantic weather systems arrive from the west, albeit temporarily.

“Temperatures are likely to trend mostly close to normal as we move through June.”

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