Brits should prepare for some ‘tropical’ weather over the next few weeks, according to the Met Office.
Highs of 33C are expected in some areas over the coming days, although temperatures are likely to dip off slightly by the end of the week.
A thunderstorm warning was in force in the south-east yesterday, raising the prospect of flooding in some areas with 11 flood alerts currently in force in England.
Further thunderstorms are expected this weekend and next month, when hot conditions are also set to return, the Manchester Evening News reports.
It comes after the UK recorded its hottest day of the year yesterday and the Met Office issued its first ever extreme heat weather.
Extreme heat warnings are in force in Northern Ireland and south Wales, the West Midlands and the south-west.
Met Office chief operational meteorologist Steven Ramsdale said the rising temperatures are going to continue through a large part of this week.
The UK’s current heatwave is so hot that England’s roads are melting under the sun as councils scramble to fix the damage.
In Gloucestershire emergency maintenance had to be carried out as part of the A38 was deemed unsafe. Grit was poured on top of the melted tar to solidify it and re-attach to surfaces.
Somerset County Council also say road surfaces across the county have begun to melt due to the scorching temperatures.
Brits have flocked to beaches across the country to soak up the sunshine and cool off in the sea.
Today will offer no let up for baking Brits and many areas will see the mercury soar past 30C, sparking some thunderstorms in places.
Here are the Met Office’s weather predictions for the next week and month:
Next week’s outlook
UK outlook for Saturday, July 24 to Monday, August 2:
The Met Office says there will be more unsettled weather in the south, but the northwest will remain ‘especially hot’.
Forecasters also warn of rain showers, with thunderstorms possible.
The forecast in full says: “High pressure begins to lessen its grip by Saturday, as it drifts northwards. As it does so, more unsettled weather moves in for the weekend, starting in the south as heavy, possibly thundery, rain Saturday.
“Late Friday into Saturday could see more persistent rain across the southern part of the UK, though it will remain generally dry and fine in the north.
“Remaining very warm with plenty of sunshine in the northern half of the UK, and possibly locally hot, especially in the northwest.
“Cooler for some northern areas and windward coasts. Some low cloud, mist and sea fog can be expected for some of these areas, as well as parts of the southwest into Sunday.
“For the rest of the period, spells of rain or showers are likely for many areas, with some heavy rain or thunderstorms possible at times. Temperatures just above average for most, to modestly above average in the north. Winds remain light.”
What it will be like in August
UK outlook for Tuesday, August 3 to Tuesday, August 17:
We could see what feels like tropical conditions next month, with above-average temperatures, but an increased risk of thunderstorms.
The Met Office outlook in full says: “By early August, warmer and drier-than-average conditions look likely to return for much of the UK, although there is an increased risk of thunderstorms, especially in the southeast.
“By mid-August confidence becomes rather low, but with changeable conditions most likely. Above-average temperatures continue to be signalled for much of the period, perhaps becoming very warm or hot at times in the south.”