29 Jul UK weather: Friday could be hottest day of the year so far | UK News
Friday could be the hottest day of the year so far, despite July being unseasonably cool, according to the Met Office.
Forecasters say temperatures could reach 33C – more than double the monthly average of 14.1C for July.
The highest temperature recorded so far this month is 28.5C on 17 July at Heathrow Airport.
July’s cool temperatures are down to “unseasonable” winds, with low-pressure systems and weather fronts coming through, with gusts of up to 50mph recorded on Monday.
The Met Office figures for July show that the UK has already seen more than 100% of its average monthly rainfall, but only experienced two-thirds of its expected sunshine for the month – a total of 113.4 hours.
Temperatures are expected to rise over the next few days, reaching the 30s by the weekend, according to the forecaster, but the rise in temperatures is not expected to raise the month’s average.
“We’re expecting (Friday) temperatures to potentially get to 33, certainly isolated 33s, which may just get the warmest day of the year, though there was a 33.4 in June,” a spokesman for the Met Office said.
“We’ve not seen a temperature anywhere above 30 so far or even with a three in it – that is quite unusual for July.”
Places such as Reading, Northampton and Cambridge are expected to see the highest rise in temperatures, with 30C temperatures potentially featuring as far north as the Scottish border.
Despite the rise, the Met Office say the weather would not extend into a three-day “heatwave territory”.
“In terms of shifting the overall weather stats for the month, it’s not going to do much to the average,” the spokesman added.