This week’s heatwave predominantly in the east

It’s already hot enough for me, so I have no desire for 34 or 38 degrees, if I’m honest.

However, temperatures will climb through the week, potentially reaching record-breaking levels by Thursday with 38°C possible in the south-east of England, according to the Met Office.

 As the warm air continues to push up from the Continent this week there will be widespread sunshine and temperatures will continue to rise for many.

Heatwaves are extreme weather events, but research shows that with climate change they are likely to become more common, perhaps occurring as regularly as every other year.

A Met Office study into the UK heatwave last summer showed that it was 30 times more likely to occur now than in 1750 because of the higher concentration of carbon dioxide (a greenhouse gas) in the atmosphere. The Earth’s surface temperature has risen by 1°C since the pre-industrial period (1850-1900).

Thunderstorms will move in from the west and a Yellow National Severe Weather Warning has been issued for these. Much of the country is at risk of seeing heavy thundery showers through the evening and overnight as they spread north into Wales and Northern England. Lightning and perhaps gusty winds may be the main factors for many.

Temperatures will remain high overnight into Wednesday, making it uncomfortable to sleep, with potentially near record-breaking overnight temperatures of 23°C. The previous record is 23.9°C set in August 1990. Temperatures will remain high overnight into Wednesday, making it uncomfortable to sleep, with potentially near record-breaking overnight temperatures of 23°C. The previous record is 23.9°C set in August 1990.

Info from the Met Office

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