UK weather forecast: 30C heatwave alert with ‘scorching’ Bank Holiday to be HOTTEST EVER

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.

Met Office predictions state the heatwave, that begins on the August Bank Holiday weekend, will smash records.

Temperatures are expected to hit 29C on Saturday and Sunday.

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 possibly hit 30C.

Bookmakers are now slashing the odds on this August Bank Holiday being the hottest ever.

The previous record for an August bank holiday weekend was 28.2C, which was recorded on August 28, 2017.

Ladbrokes have odds at 6/4 that this weekend will be the hottest August bank holiday on record.

Alex Apati of Ladbrokes said: “We’re strapping ourselves in for one more burst of scorching sunshine and the timing couldn’t be better for Brits.”

And Coral have made it odds-on that temperatures will reach 30C over the weekend at 1-2.

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“Rather than a system moving from the Azores, it’s a ridge a of high pressure.

“That will be increasingly extending from the Azores.

“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.”

The Met Office predicted a “long spell of dry and sunny weather” around the end of August in its long-range forecast.

The forecast said: “There are signs that high pressure will increasingly dominate the weather across the British Isles.

“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 develop across all parts.

“Temperatures are generally likely to be warmer than average.”

Wet weather will continue to affect northern England, Scotland and Northern Ireland this week, up until Friday.

Isolated bursts of rainfall are also expected sporadically in the south before the country enjoys warmer climes.

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