The UK could be hit with more hot weather and even a heatwave in August, according to the Met Office.
We are already in the thick of sweltering temperatures which prompted the Met Office to put out its first-ever amber extreme heat warning.
This warning is in place until the end of Thursday but not before sweltering temperatures of up to 33C could in some Western areas, reports the Birmingham Mail.
Thundery isolated showers are also expected, and after Thursday the intense temperatures are forecast to cool slightly with the mercury likely to fall to the 20s at the weekend.
But it looks like this will only be a short respite.
While the Met Office rarely uses the term ‘heatwave’, its medium to long-range forecast suggests that August will bring yet more very hot weather.
The Met Office predicts, from August 2 to August 16, that: “Into early August, warmer and drier-than-average conditions look likely to return for much of the UK.”
It adds: “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.”
It marks a Summer that has so far been changeable.
Just days ago flash floods hit parts of London where some areas received a month’s worth of rain in one day.
The amber extreme-heat alert issued yesterday covers a large part of Wales, all of southwest England and parts of southern and central England.
it comes as forecasts signalled unusually high temperatures for western areas in particular as well as continuing high nighttime temperatures which could have an impact on health.
The Met Office added: “The impacts of extreme heat can be many and varied. It can have health consequences, especially for those who are particularly vulnerable, and it can impact infrastructure, including transport and energy, as well as the wider business community.”
Met Office Chief Operational Meteorologist Steven Ramsdale said: “The high temperatures are going to continue through a large part of this week.
“Many areas will continue to reach heatwave thresholds but the amber extreme heat warning focuses on western areas where the most unusually high temperatures are likely to persist.
“There’s a continuing risk of isolated thundery downpours late in the afternoons but most areas will stay dry until later in the week. Temperatures should begin to fall for most areas heading into the weekend, with some more unsettled conditions looking to develop.”