Weather in July has not yet matched the scorching highs of June, with a wetter start to the month. However, the latest long-range weather maps show scorching 34C (93F) highs to end July and get August off to a hot start, express.co.uk reported.
Warmer weather has swept the UK this week, with temperatures climbing and a humid feel to the south of England. Later this week the UK could see 34C highs, with hot weather on the way this weekend according to forecasters.
Today, the Met Office forecasts many areas will dry with warm sunny spells, but a few showers will continue in Scotland and the far north of England. These will be the heaviest and most frequent over northern Scotland.
|UK hot weather RETURNS: Hot weather will return this week (Image: WXCHARTS)|
Tonight, cloud and rain will be heavy over Northern Ireland and western Scotland spreading into the rest of Scotland and far northern England.
However, conditions will spike on Wednesday according to meteorologists, with up to 34C possible.
|UK hot weather RETURNS: The end of July could see further highs of 27C before a rainy August (Image: WXCHARTS)|
Met Office meteorologist Dan Suri said: "From Wednesday temperatures will widely reach into the high twenties Celsius and it'll be hot across much of the UK, especially central and southern England where we could see highs of 30C (86F) to 34C (93.2F).
"This hot weather is expected to last until at least Friday and so heatwave conditions are likely to develop for some areas this week."
However, Scotland, Northern Ireland and northern England will be mostly cloudy with rain at times. Conditions will cool down again on Thursday with showers or rain, which will be heavy in places.
|UK hot weather RETURNS: On Saturday, up to 27C could be felt across the south of England (Image: NETWEATHER)|
However, Friday will feel warmer and mainly settled ahead of rain arriving from the west.
Outlook for weekend
On Saturday, up to 27C could be felt across the south of England, making it the perfect time to dust off the barbecue.
Netweather forecaster Paul Michaelwaite said of this week's forecast: "The Azores high will ridge in from the southwest.
"So there'll be plenty of fine, dry and warm weather.
"It'll struggle to exert its influence to northern Britain at times though, with weather fronts bringing some rain in from the northwest on Tuesday and into midweek.
"Temperatures on Saturday will peak at 24 to 27C across southern and southeast England, including East Anglia."
|UK hot weather RETURNS: Up to 34C could hit the UK on Wednesday (Image: WXCHARTS)|
The end of July could also bring scorching highs for much of the UK, with weather maps turning dark red with heat towards July 28, 29 and 30.
WXCharts maps show highs of 27C across the south of England, while much of the north will see temperatures reach 24C.
|UK hot weather RETURNS:The south of England will see the majority of the hot weather (Image: Netweather)|
Bookmakers Ladbrokes have now cut odds from 13/8 to just 6/4 on this month being a record-breaker on the weather front.
Ladbrokes spokesman Alex Apati said: "We're still on course for a record-breaking hot July with another heatwave ready to sizzle Brits over the coming days."
The Met Office long-range forecast backs this up, as for the end of July it reads: "More settled weather is possible towards the end of July, especially across the south."
However, Britons should make the most of the heat, as unseasonably wet and windy conditions are likely to return from the northwest.
Outlook for August
With the start of the summer holidays soon, August will bring torrential rain across the UK this year - much to the disappointment for thousands of Britons looking to holiday at home.
Weathertrending forecaster John Hammond said: “Forecasts of a dry and warm summer are dissolving.
"The cool and showery theme is expected to continue well into August, with no sign of sustained heat. It’s not great for staycations.
“It’ll be downright cool into the week and not be far off freezing at dawn in some rural hollows.
"And the weather looks like deteriorating after midweek with almost autumnal charts as a strengthening jet stream propels wet and windy weather in our direction.”
Europe's weather forecast
BBC weather forecaster Tomasz Schafernaker said Europe will see temperatures just shy of 40C on both sides of the continent. The southeast of Europe will see hot temperatures as well as parts of western Europe. However, in between, there is an expectation for some thunderstorms as a weather front moves from Spain towards central Europe.
Mr Schafernaker said: "There is a lot of summertime heat across the Meditteranean, for many western and central parts of Europe.
"The heat has been sparking up some pretty big thunderstorms.
"Most recently in Spain and we will see that same pattern into southern parts of France and the Alpine region during the course of Wednesday."
The BBC Weather forecaster explained that despite these outbreaks of thunderstorms, for much of the west temperatures will remain high.
|BBC Weather: 'Summertime heat' sparking vicious thunderstorms across Europe (Image: BBC)|
Spain and Portugal will see the hottest temperatures in western Europe and remain in the mid-30s.
Most of France will see temperatures just shy of 30C and experience the heaviest and wettest weather for Wednesday.
Mr Schafernaker said: "It will be around 33C in Bordeaux and around 26C in Paris so not desperately hot and fresher there in central parts of Europe.
"The weather is going to remain cool and cloudy with some showers at times across the British Isles.
|BBC Weather: The BBC Weather forecaster explained that despite these outbreaks of thunderstorms, for much of the west temperatures will remain high. (Image: WXCHART )|
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In southeastern Europe, the temperatures are expected to be some of the highest in the continent. Temperatures could be as high as 39C in some areas with some small outbreaks of rain.
|BBC Weather:Most of France will see temperatures just shy of 30C and experience the heaviest and wettest weather for Wednesday. (Image: BBC)|
The BBC Weather forecaster continued: "In the southeastern parts of Europe there is plenty of heat.
"The south of the coast of Turkey up to 38C and as we move westward we can see Rome will see 30C. "36C hot sunshine for Madrid but not quite so hot in Lisbon at 32C. "That heat will spread into France and into Germany as well. "But in the UK it will be quite modest with 22C."
|BBC Weather: Spain and Portugal will see the hottest temperatures in western Europe and remain in the mid-30s. (Image: BBC)|
According to weatheronline.co.uk, showers clearing Portugal to allow for a mostly dry and sunny day here. Thundery showers still affecting parts of Spain with these possibly affecting the westernmost Balearic Islands. Dry, hot and sunny still for Sardinia, Siciliy and much of Italy as well as Turkey and Greece.
Thundery showers will affect southern France still through Wednesday but northern France will be dry with sunshine. Sunny spells and patchy cloud for much of Germany as well as the Low Countries with the risk of some light rain but mainly dry. Thundery outbreaks of rain for Austria and Switzerland as well as Hungary. Croatia should remain dry with sunshine. Further east there will be some cloud but mostly dry.
Low pressure over Scandinavia will bring spells of rain to mainly western parts of Norway as well as northern Sweden and across much of Finland. The best of the sunnier spells over southern parts of Norway and Sweden. Breezy with blustery showers across the Baltic States. Breezy but mostly dry for Denmark.
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