Rain and cooler weather have swept the UK of late, with temperatures barely reaching 20C for much of the country. Now, weather maps have shown hotter weather will return in July, with long-range forecasts predicting hot pressure dominating across the UK.
With rain warnings in place for parts of Scotland, some may be wondering when the hot summer weather will return to the UK.
The Met Office has cautioned heavy rain will fall over Central, Tayside and Fife, SW Scotland, Lothian Borders and Strathclyde on Friday and Saturday.
Showers have hit much of Britain this week, with intermittent but heavy rain in places, cloudy skies and a much cooler feel than last month.
In June, highs of more than 33C were recorded at Heathrow, before temperatures plummeted to the low 20C and cooler.
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However, conditions could be improving, with weather maps showing hot conditions in July.
This will be a welcome change for many, as the Met Office predicts showers across England and Scotland this week, with strengthening winds and cloudy skies for the weekend.
The Met Office long-range forecast for Tuesday, July 7 to Thursday, July 16 predicts a period of “more settled” conditions, with high pressure exerting “dominance” across the UK.
The long-range forecast reads: “Whilst scattered showers, or even spells of rain with strong winds, will continue to affect the west, and perhaps the whole country at times, these are likely to be fewer and further between than of late.
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“Such spells look likely to become increasingly confined to the northwest as we go later into the period.
“Temperatures will remain around average for the time of year; often rather cool in the north and in more unsettled spells, to rather warm, or even locally warm and humid, in drier, sunnier weather in the south.”
Netweather Maps show warm weather in the second week of July, with temperatures of 25C possible on Wednesday, July 8.
This continues into the following weekend, with highs of 23C on Sunday, and 22C into Monday, July 13.
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Netweather maps also forecast the south of England could see up to 27C on July 14, with maps turning red to show heat sweeping the south.
And on Wednesday, July 15, highs of up to 29C could be seen to the south of England.
Temperatures could warm up again as we head towards the end of July, with highs of 26C possible.
Accuweather’s long-range forecast from July 16 to July 30 reads: “Most likely continuing settled overall, but confidence in the longer-range forecast is low (typical for this time of year).
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“Plenty of dry, fine weather around, with the most likely scenario seeing rain increasingly moving away from the northwest bringing more prolonged settled weather here too.
“A greater likelihood than earlier in the month of warm or even hot episodes across the south, especially south-east, with a chance, albeit still low, of thunderstorms.
“Temperatures are expected to be above average overall.”
Met Check’s forecast for the month ahead echoes this, with a cool start to July before hotter weather sweeps across in the middle of the month.
Thunderstorms are also possible towards the end of July, perhaps due to the hot weather.
Met Check’s look at July reads: “A mixed start to the month is expected with low pressure continuing to dominate the weather and somewhat cool for Northern and Northwestern areas.
“An improving picture for the middle of the month with high pressure starting to become more dominant and turning warm across many parts of Central and Southern areas with hot weather possible for parts of England.
“Turning thundery later in the month as low pressure tries to move in once again from the West with plumes approaching from the South.”