A four-week ‘July fry’ is heading our way – making Britain hotter than Cancun by Saturday (July 9).
Forecasters have predicted a sweltering 36C blast that could smash records by the end of the month, with bookies slashing odds on the hottest July in UK history.
But before that we are heading for 30C temperatures this weekend. Brits have been warned to dig out their sun cream now in time to slather it on this week.
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Forecasters have mapped out an epic high pressure zone they say is poised to blowtorch an area 800 miles wide.
Brian Gaze, of The Weather Outlook, said: “The mid-30s are expected, but 35C or higher would not be a surprise (this month).
“Some forecast models show extreme heat.”
Bookies Coral have now cut the odds to 5/4 on July being the hottest month in UK history.
It would have to beat the roasting 24-hour average of 17.8C from July 2006, which saw a 36.2C daytime peak.
Coral spokesman Harry Aitkenhead said: “The odds are melting on midsummer dream temperatures.”
Following last week’s Wimbledon washout, temperatures are set to jump to 24C in many parts of the UK on Tuesday (July 5).
hey will then climb steadily to 25C on Wednesday and 28C on Friday, to nudge the 30s by this weekend.
Meanwhile in tropical Cancun, Mexico, just 29C is expected.
A Met Office forecaster said: “After rain in the north and west, it turns warmer from Wednesday.
“High pressure is likely to dominate through the period to July 16, bringing dry and generally settled conditions.”
Blue skies are expected for most of the country, with some showers possible in the north and northwest.
The hottest temperatures are expected in London and around the south coast.
The forecaster added: “July 17-31 has temperatures becoming warmer throughout. We may see very warm or hot temperatures, especially across the south, and high pressure may extend across the UK.”
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Meanwhile gardeners fear a hosepipe ban could soon be on the horizon after warnings over reservoir levels. Water bosses have urged residents to avoid baths, put less water in the kettle and only do full loads of laundry.
An Environment Agency spokesman said: “Further hot, dry weather could put pressure on some areas. We will continue to take action where necessary.
“River flows and reservoir levels have receded across central and south western England.”
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