UK weather forecast: Sunny spells to continue after 'limited' heatwave recorded on south coast

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  • September 16, 2020
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The sunshine is set to continue for much of the UK with temperatures reaching highs of 24C in southern parts of the country.

Sunny spells are expected on Thursday, with some breezy conditions in the south. However, cloud will affect the far north of Scotland and some rain is forecast.

The settled conditions will continue through Friday and into the weekend, but by Saturday afternoon there could be some showers in southern counties of England.

Sunday will be cloudier with potentially heavy rain outbreaks for some southern counties. Elsewhere across the UK it will be mainly dry with sunny spells.

UK Heatwave: Monday 14 September 2020

There is also a chance of some breezy and gusty conditions across England and Wales through the weekend.

It comes after the Met Office said a “very limited” heatwave was recorded on part of England’s south coast after three days of hot conditions.

According to forecasters, a heatwave can only be declared when an area sees three consecutive days of temperatures above a certain threshold.

In London this is 28C, in counties near the capital such as Essex it is 27C, while further away in areas such as Dorset and Somerset it is 26C.

Temperatures soared across southern parts of the country earlier this week, including hitting 31.3C at Frittenden in Kent on Tuesday.

Met Office meteorologist Matthew Box said the mercury level reached 26.8C at Hurn in Dorset, near Bournemouth Airport, on Wednesday.

“At the moment it looks like pretty limited heatwave criteria has been met really, limited really almost just to the south coast, or parts of the south coast,” said Mr Box.

“Areas around Bournemouth have met that criteria.”

According to the Met Office, the last time it recorded a September temperature of 30C or more was back in 2016 when 34.4C was logged in Gravesend in Kent.

Mr Box explained that part of the reason the heatwave was not more widespread than expected on Wednesday was due to warm air being pushed by a cold front coming down across a central swathe of the UK.

There is also a cool breeze coming in from the North Sea, while some cloud covering parts of London and the South East helped “dampen” temperatures.