Met Office forecast casts doubt on blistering August heatwave sweeping the UK

Despite the washout summer Brits have endured over the past several weeks, hopes for another heatwave on the way pushed it out of our minds.

However, according to the latest Met Office long-range forecast, it appears there are doubts the August heatwave will even make it to the UK.

Previous predictions placed the end of the month as the most likely time the temperature will soar to the high 20s, offering families a final push in terms of some glorious weather this summer.

But now those dreams are dashed, as thundery showers and heavy rain are more likely to hit.

Between Tuesday, August 17 and August 26, the Met Office does hint there could be summer skies – although thunderstorms could dampen spirits.

The weather agency writes: "Into late August, changeable conditions look likely to continue in the north with showers or outbreaks of rain at times.

"Towards the southwest higher pressure is expected to be more of an influence, allowing for more settled and drier conditions."

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It adds mercury is likely to be "around average" for the time of year, and although "warmer weather" in the south could appear if winds move east, the gusts could "bring the change of intermittent heavy rain and thundery showers".

Looking at the final days of August and the early start to September, drier weather is expected in the southwest but "unsettled" conditions loom in the northwestern parts of the UK.

From August 27 to September 10, the Met Office has "low" confidence to be able to predict whether a heatwave is on the way in terms of scorching temperatures over several days.

It was believed a 10 day or two-week heatwave could scorch Brits before the summer holidays ended, but now the final days of the months are also expected to bring torrential downpours.

The Met Office adds: "There is a chance of a warmer easterly flow in the south at times, which may bring the risk of heavy and possibly thundery showers.

"Temperatures are likely to be near or slightly above average overall. However, confidence is very low through this period."

Brits may see odd days with lots of sunshine, although it could bring thundery showers as well – adding to the misery of 2021 possibly becoming one of the 'wettest' summer Brits have endured on record.

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