Kent Weather: New weather maps show Azorean islands heat wave of 29 ° C is expected to arrive
Temperatures could exceed 25C in Kent at least twice over the next two weeks, according to two different forecasters.
New weather charts produced by Netweather and WX Charts both predict very hot days for July 16 and 20.
On the first of these, temperatures in Kent are expected to be the highest in the whole country at 25C.
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Days later, mercury is expected to peak at 20 across most of the country.
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Brian Gaze, a Weather Outlook forecaster, said the heat was coming in from the Azores, a group of volcanic islands located in the Atlantic Ocean.
He told the Express: “In the short term, there is more wet weather on the way.
“A deep area of low pressure is receding to the northeast and things will remain mixed for the next few days.
“All regions can expect further showers and near average temperatures.
“However, there are signs of steady improvement over the medium term, but the path may not be entirely smooth.
“Computer models suggest that the Azores high will sometimes develop north-east towards the UK.
“It’s a more typical pattern at this time of year, with the driest and hottest conditions in the south.
“In the northwest, it could be more changeable.
The Met Office also says it expects “very hot” spells to blow up the UK later in July, with only brief interruptions due to thunder and rain.
The forecast between Saturday July 10 and Monday July 19 said: “A cloudy start this weekend with rain likely in the southern and southwestern areas.
“This could turn into showers next week, potentially extensive and abundant, especially in central and southern areas.
“Drier and warmer weather will then develop from the west with only a few light showers possible.
“Towards the end of the period, conditions look generally good and dry, although there remains a risk of isolated thunderstorms.
“Many areas are likely to see temperatures rise during the period, with parts of the south becoming potentially very hot.”
With BBC Weather’s long-term forecast between Monday July 12 and Monday July 19, the addition of subtropical Atlantic air could help temperatures soar this month.
He said: “The main risk to the forecast is that the high pressure in the Atlantic may intensify in northern Europe than expected.
“It would be a drier pattern for the southern and eastern regions, although wetter weather is still possible in the west and north.
“Temperatures would also be a little warmer, increasing slightly above average, especially for the southern regions.
“For the second half of July, the large-scale pattern could be somewhat upset thanks to some anomalies in tropical rainfall around Indonesia and Papua New Guinea.
“Historically, this supports the high pressure in the Atlantic to move east through northern Europe and move towards Russia in the following weeks.
“In recent months this has been a useful forecasting aid and has brought some heat waves, like the one we saw in the first half of June.
“We believe the best chance of a warmer, drier period will be at the end of July, as the high pressures move over the southwest before continuing east into Russia.
“This period is likely to last around a week and will see prolonged dry, sunny and hot weather for the whole of the UK.”