Met Office long range forecast: Will the summer of 2019 be HOTTEST on record?
Britons recently enjoyed the hottest Easter on record with temperatures reaching more than 25C over the weekend. And it looks like the balmy weather will continue as exceptionally warm weather is forecast for the summer of 2019. According to the Met Office, temperatures are looking to be above average as the summer months arrive, prompting hope Britons could enjoy the best barbecue season of their lives.
Met Office forecaster Alex Deakin has had a look at the weather service’s long range forecast.
And it’s looking like Britons should keep their flip flops and suncream ready, as the summer is looking to be a warm one.
Mr Deakin said: “The longer range, three month outlook is suggesting that higher pressure is more likely than lower pressure, and higher temperatures are more likely than lower temperatures.
“A trend towards some finer weather as we go into early summer, but of course, any individual spell of hot weather can’t be forecast at that kind of range.
”The trend does look dryer than average.”
The climbing temperatures are not only forecast for the UK, with scientists predicting the planet to heat up even more.
According to a recent study in the journal Geophysical Research Letters it’s looking increasingly like 2019 will be the hottest year recorded in human history.
Co-author of the study, Samantha Stevenson said: “With an El Niño, it’s entirely possible 2019 will be the hottest year ever.”
Will the summer of 2019 be the hottest on record?
The summer of 2019 could be a record-breaker according to punters.
This year’s Easter Monday became the hottest on record as England reached the highest temperature of 25C recorded at Heathrow, Northolt and Wisley.
Following the sizzling Easter weekend, bookies Coral has slashed the odds on this summer being the hottest since records began to just evens (from 6/4).
It is also now just 5/4 (from 11-8) that the hottest ever UK temperature of 38.5C is eclipsed during 2019.
Coral’s Harry Aitkenhead said: “We had the hottest day of the year so far over the Bank Holiday but not only that, we also had the warmest Easter Monday since records began.
“It’s left us with no choice but to slash our odds on more records tumbling, and it is now just evens that the summer of 2019 enters the record books as the hottest ever.
“It’s very possible that we’ll see the hottest ever temperature in the UK this year too, with the current 38.5C well within reach.”
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