Heatwave to come to a crashing end with thunderstorms and cooler temperatures

Heatwave to come to a crashing end with thunderstorms and cooler temperatures

But the heatwave is set to end come Wednesday when temperatures are likely to dip to around the mid-20Cs mark.

Temperatures today are expected to reach the high teens in the north, with highs of no more than 24 degrees in the southeast.

There could also be rain in parts of Scotland and Northern Ireland but the rest of England and Wales should stay dry.

Frank Saunders, chief meteorologist at the Met Office, said: "After weeks of predominantly high temperatures and very little rainfall for many parts of the country, high pressure is finally breaking down allowing a cold front to introduce cooler, fresher air from the Atlantic to all parts of the UK".

The UK's warmer than average weather could last until October, although the current heatwave is only expected to last for another two days.

A long-range weather forecast by the Met Office suggests temperatures between August and October this year could be warmer than average.

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"For August-October, above-average temperatures are more likely than below-average".

Forecasters describe an "Indian Summer" as a period of unseasonably warm and dry weather that usually occurs in Autumn, when temperatures typically start to plunge. The probability the United Kingdom average temperature will fall into the warmest of our five categories is around 55 per cent'.

The mercury is set to rise past 30C (85F) in parts of the United Kingdom on Monday, with 33C (91F) possible in London and to the east of the capital, the Met Office said.

"Sea surface temperatures close to the United Kingdom have reached near-record levels as a result of the prolonged hot and sunny weather", said the Met Office.

The spokesman warned of hard driving conditions in areas hit by heavy rain and winds.

Ladbrokes spokesman Alex Apati said: "We've been treated to one of the best summers ever and while that soon looks set to change, we're still expecting at least one more scorching day this week".

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