Britain’s near-record September heatwave may seem like a distant memory but don’t put the barbecues away just yet – another “major” hot spell is on the way.Temperatures are forecast to nudge 86F (30C) within the next fortnight as another blast of hot air sweeps in from the Continent. It comes as official figures reveal September has been hotter than June, July and August with a mean temperature so far of 15.9C (60.62F) – 3.3C above average.
Last week brought hottest day of the year so far, and the warmest in September for 105 years when the mercury hit 34.4C (93.92F) in Gravesend, Kent. Minimum temperatures in the north have also been much higher than average – around 3.8C up on what would be usual for the time of year, according to the Met Office.
Despite thermometers dropping around 10C from last week, experts say another hot spell is just around the corner. It is now likely this month will turn out to be one of, if not the hottest Septembers on record with warmth expected to carry through into October.
Thermometers will start to rise later this week with highs of 21C (69.8F) forecast across the south on Thursday. Temperatures close to 25C (77F) are expected by the weekend – around 10C above average for the time of year.