Whilst the current spell of hot weather is due to come to an end this week, the latest Met Office analysis has predicted that a return to average temperatures will be only temporary – and that the mercury will remain well above normal levels well into October.
Wednesday will see the commencement of a cooler period of weather and increased likelihood of rain, but temperatures have been so consistently warm this summer – topping out at 34 degrees in parts of southern England on Tuesday – that average sea-surface temperatures have reached near record-breaking levels, raising the likelihood of high-pressure weather systems in the weeks ahead.
But whilst the Met Office is confident of a so-called Indian Summer, it’s making no guarantees as to the quality of sunshine.
“Above-average temperatures can mean one or two degrees above average, for which August, September and October are 19, 16 and 13 [degrees] respectively,” said Met forecaster Bonnie Diamond. “Further, warmer-than- average temperatures does not necessarily mean sunshine – it can be warm and cloudy too.”