Bank Holiday HEATWAVE: Britain hotter than RIO as AZORES PLUME descends on UK

August 2019 has been one of the wettest on record but things are about to dramatically heat up. A Saharan heatwave hit the UK in July, which saw some areas record the country’s second highest ever temperatures. But it was closely followed by torrential rainfall and flooding across the country.

Last weekend, a “months-worth of rain” fell on some parts of the west in a single day, with measurements of over 60mm of rainfall.

But, following the bad and often wet weather, Britain is braced for a heatwave that begins on the August Bank Holiday weekend

The country is set for a scorcher of a Bank Holiday Monday, with parts of the UK braced for temperatures that will see the mercury hit 30C.

The blazing conditions will dwarf that of Brazilian hotspot Rio de Janeiro, with temperatures predicted to reach around 23C.

Argentinian capital Buenos Aires will see highs of 20C on Sunday and 21C on Monday.

British holiday favourite Tenerife will enjoy 26C on Sunday and 27C on Monday – a fraction cooler than the blistering temperatures predicted to boil UK shores.

The UK’s sweltering temperatures will be on par with parts of the South of France.

Nice in the south-east of the country will bask in average temperatures of 28C.

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It’s nothing unusual for this time of year – when you have areas of high pressure you have sinking air that suppresses cloud and rain, which then creates more settled conditions.

“All of that bodes well for this extension of the hot air – it’s actually this ridge building and extending north-westwards towards the British Isles rather than a specific system moving in.

“We are already experiencing this in the south of England with rising temperatures. “

Met Office forecaster Greg Dewhurst said: “There’s an improvement after wet and windy weather, with plenty of sunny spells through the next week and 25C possible by the Bank Holiday weekend.

“Low pressure clears from Monday and high pressure slowly builds, with a southerly flow possible, with fewer showers in the South and East while the North and West remain less settled.

“High pressure looks like dominating in the last week of August, with mainly settled conditions and the mid-20s possible.”

The warmest ever Bank Holiday Monday was in 2017.

A temperature of 28.2C was recorded in various parts of the country

Late summer conditions are expected to remain in the UK as autumn sets in.

According to the Met Office’s long-range forecast, the weather will keep Britain feeling warm well into September.

Temperatures will be “hotter than usual” for the time of year.

For the two weeks between September 3 – 17, the Met Office said: “There are signs that high pressure will dominate the weather across much of the UK.

“Southern areas are most likely to see the driest and sunniest weather at first, perhaps with some lingering wet and potentially windy conditions affecting the north.

“However, longer spells of dry and sunny weather may occasionally develop across all parts. Temperatures are generally likely to be warmer than average”

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