Hot Temperatures To Return In UK After Torrential Rainfall


UK (Parliament Politic Magazine) – Weather experts suggest that southeastern England could experience temperatures as high as 30°C. However, a warmer August is expected to increase the likelihood of thunderstorms.

I believe this prediction is highly plausible, as the temperature rise will occur from the southeast and extend toward the northwest. According to Jim Dale, a senior meteorologist at British Weather Services, the southeastern region will be the first to witness the arrival of warmer weather, as stated in an interview.

Temperature To See A Gradual Increase In Coming Months

The heatwave is temporary and not necessarily a prolonged period of scorching temperatures lasting for 20 days. However, considering that we will be in August by then, it is worth noting that this time of year typically experiences the highest average temperatures. Therefore, it is expected that we will encounter some of that long-awaited heat.

The weather expert further mentioned that temperatures will gradually rise, but there may also be occasional episodes of rain. It is important to note that there will still be periods of dry weather in August. This indicates the general trend we can anticipate. Additionally, it is likely that we will lose the Jet Stream currently positioned over us, which will shift northwards, leading us into a warmer climate.

Overall, while the heatwave is not guaranteed to be prolonged, it is expected to bring some much-needed warmth. Additionally, there may be intermittent rainfall, but dry spells will also occur. As we progress into August, the Jet Stream will likely move away, allowing for a warmer climate to prevail.

Weather Forecast Across UK

Based on the latest weather maps, London is set to bask in a delightful midday temperature of 27°C on August 8th. The eastern regions of England, along with the Midlands, will also enjoy a pleasant climate, with temperatures ranging from 20°C to 26°C. 

 However, those residing along the coast should anticipate a slightly cooler atmosphere, as highs are expected to hover between 19°C and 22°C. 

Meanwhile, Wales will experience a moderate climate, with temperatures reaching a comfortable range of 18°C to 19°C. Conversely, Scotland and Northern Ireland will encounter cooler conditions, with temperatures ranging from 10°C to 15°C.

2022 Was The Warmest Year In UK

The Met Office has confirmed that 2022 marked a significant milestone as the warmest year on record in the UK. This unprecedented heat has raised concerns among experts, who view it as a forewarning of future climate patterns.

Notably, 2022 also witnessed the UK’s first-ever recorded temperature exceeding 40C (104F). On 19 July, Coningsby, Lincolnshire experienced a scorching 40.3C, setting a new record.

Prof Liz Bentley, the esteemed chief executive of the Royal Meteorological Society, who oversees the publication of the annual report, expressed her astonishment, stating, “I’ve never witnessed a temperature of 40C in the UK before… breaking this record is undeniably a significant milestone.”

She further emphasized that the scorching summer experienced in 2022 was a rarity, as the UK had not encountered such hot and dry conditions in quite some time. However, when considering future climate projections, it becomes evident that hotter and drier summers lie ahead. Thus, 2022 serves as a clear indication of the future climate trajectory.

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Sea Level In The UK Has Also Risen

The report reveals that the sea level in the UK has increased by 18.5cm since the 1900s, with approximately 11.4cm of this rise occurring within the last three decades.

Furthermore, the report delves into the field of phenology, which examines the correlation between climate and recurring biological or natural phenomena. This encompasses events like prolonged leaf retention or earlier flower blossoming.

Fritha West, a phenologist at Woodland Trust, emphasizes the diverse responses of species to these changes, which in turn will impact human life in various ways. However, the rapid pace at which these transformations are occurring raises concerns.

The report provided various potential scenarios for average temperatures. According to the study, if emissions remain at a moderate level, the year 2022 would be considered average in terms of temperature by 2060. However, by 2100, it would be regarded as a relatively cool year.

Kendon emphasized that the future climate of the UK heavily relies on the political choices made in the present. He further stated, “Our responsibility is to furnish the government with scientific evidence to aid them in making informed policy decisions. 

Beth Malcolm

Beth Malcolm is Scottish based Journalist at Heriot-Watt University studying French and British Sign Language. She is originally from the north west of England but is living in Edinburgh to complete her studies.