Three-week 30C heatwave forecast for this weekend - what does the Met Office say?

A scorching heatwave will smash into Britain just in time for the Bank Holiday weekend, according to some forecasters who predict temperatures could reach balmy highs again. Former BBC and Met Office forecaster John Hammond of weathertrending said temperatures could reach 30C at the end of the month. But with hope for a sunny bank holiday high, what is the Met Office predicting for this weekend?

According to the Met Office, temperatures will be “above average” and high pressure will bring “settled weather and warmer conditions” during the remainder of the month.

The Met Office’s long range forecast from Friday, August 23 to Sunday, September 1 reads: “Temperatures will generally be above average.

“During the remainder of the month high pressure is likely to remain close by, bringing periods of settled weather and warmer conditions, especially across southern areas, with although the chance of some thundery showers moving up from the near continent.

“Northern parts of the UK may see further spells of wet and windy weather at times.”

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Met Office forecaster Nicola Maxey told "There is currently a high pressure building and we could see dry weather in the south as the weekend approaches.

“However, there appears to be a north-south split, which means we could see unsettled weather in northern parts of the UK.

“Temperatures in the southeast will likely reach mid-20s leading up to the weekend.

“There is great uncertainty in the weather forecast at this time of year, but if the high pressure continues into Bank Holiday Monday, temperatures could climb to 28 or 29C.”

Met Office meteorologist Sarah Kent added: “August 31 to September 14 has signs high pressure will increasingly dominate. Temperatures are likely to be warmer than average.”

But before the heat surge hits the nation, Brits will have to endure rainy conditions and thunderstorms.

Scattered locally heavy showers particularly across the south and southeast will bring a grey start to the week on Monday afternoon.

Tonight the showers will die away for most, but still linger near northern and western coasts.

Parts of Northern Ireland, southern Scotland and far northwestern England may also keep showers throughout the night, the Met Office reports.

On Tuesday, outbreaks of rain returns and will move across Northern Ireland, Wales, western parts of England, and western Scotland later in the day.

The weather will improve after the wet and windy conditions at the start of the week, with plenty of sunshine ready for the Bank Holiday weekend.

From Friday, the high temperatures is forecast to kick in, although some unsettled weather across the far north and northwest is likely.

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