Heatwave is on the way with 88F August heat but not before the threat of deluges and 60mph winds this week

  • Poor weather which has battered the UK for the past week will continue in the coming days and into next week
  • A storm moving in from Canada over Atlantic will bring high winds with gusts of up to 60mph and heavy rain
  • Second half of August will see scorching temperatures of up to 88F thanks to heatwave moving in from Africa 

Britain is set for a summer heatwave with temperatures reaching 88F later this month but not before the threat of heavy rain and 60mph winds later this week.

The wet and windy weather which has battered the UK over the last week is set to continue in the coming days with Storm Evert being followed up with Storm Fleur from Thursday.

The poor weather, the result of a 400 mile-wide Atlantic torment moving in from Canada, will bring high winds and downpours with the south west set to be hit the most severely affected.   

Gloomy 68F highs are due this week for many, spoiling the busiest week of school holidays, with millions away on staycations and more rain is expected next week.

Met Office forecaster Marco Petagna said: ‘Is the next named storm coming? There is potential for it, with a deep area of low pressure which could turn wet and windy again around Thursday.

Britain is set for a summer heatwave with temperatures reaching 88F later this month but not before the threat of heavy rain and 60mph winds later this week as Storm Fleur could hit the UK from Thursday. Pictured: Pedestrians on Putney Bridge 

Weather maps show a storm moving in from Canada across the Atlantic which will bring high winds and heavy downpours

As the poor weather continues into August, temperatures will remain low today with rain on the way this afternoon

‘Forecast models show a continuation of our cool and changeable pattern for 10 to 14 days, but there are optimistic signals for warmer high pressure following.’

But the mercury is set to soar in the second half of August, with 88F shown on forecast models after mid-month as the Met Office predicts blue skies for most.

The soaring temperatures, which will be higher than normal for British summertime, are moving in from Africa and high pressure from the Azores. 

Ex-BBC and Met Office forecaster John Hammond of weathertrending said: ‘People are wondering whether autumn has arrived early – but summer isn’t over.

The UK is set for scorching temperatures in the second half of August thanks to a heatwave which is moving in from Africa

‘Jet stream energy from Canada will bring wet and windy weather this week, with more impacts also expected next week.

‘But there is optimism for warm periods from August 16, with heat in the mid 80s certainly possible before summer ends.’

A Met Office forecaster said: ‘Scattered showers become heavier on Wednesday, with Thursday windy with more persistent rain – and unsettled conditions dominate the first half of August. Torrential downpours are likely in places.

‘August 15 to 29 has above-average temperatures indicated, and possibly very warm conditions in the south at times. Most should see dry and fine weather.’

Parts of the south were feeling the effects of Storm Evert, the first named storm of summer, which hit the UK last week

People in Oxford Street endure windy and wet conditions as Storm Evert passes across London

Last week, Storm Evert caused chaos across Britain, battering large parts of the country with high winds and downpours.

The storm, which began on Thursday evening, swept in from the Atlantic, causing festivals to push back their opening times, ripping up tents and forcing campers to leave amid the horrendous conditions.  

Last week, the Met Office warned it ‘will get worse before it gets better’ – as tents and awnings collapsed at Camp Bestival in Dorset and organisers delayed opening the public arenas and gates.

An amber ‘danger to life’ wind warning was issued ahead of ‘unseasonably strong winds and heavy rain’. The worst conditions were in Cornwall, where gusts of between 55mph and 75mph were hitting coastal areas. 

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