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Four heatwaves of ‘at least 28C’ to hit UK and we should ‘take them seriously’

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Chilly Brits have been warned not to pack up their sun cream – there are another four heatwaves on the way.

Despite temperatures plunging after last week’s scorcher, experts have predicted four more sweltering hot spells this summer.

The mercury will soar from the start of July, with the ‘Spanish plume summer’ set to last well into September.

It comes as a ray of hope after a washout weekend, which saw a cold front take over from Friday’s 32.7C high.

Leon Brown, from the Weather Company, said: “More heatwaves imported from the continent to the UK are forecast this summer, each reaching at least 28C – and likely higher – and each lasting several days.”

The first heat blast will hit in early July, with another predicted for the second half of the month. A third is expected in August, with a sizzling grand finale in September to give the summer a proper send-off.

Mr Brown added: “With heat building further in Western Europe by July and a similar airflow expected from Spain again, it would bring even hotter temperatures than on Friday. We should see well into the 30s – 36C would not be at all surprising.

“A third hot period is due in August, with September having further hot spell potential. Warmth can be brought to the UK in September by tropical storms tracking across the Atlantic.”

Yesterday (Sun) temperatures dropped to a cool 14C, calling time on the summer’s first official heatwave. Showers are expected in the north today (Mon), with cloud cover and occasional clear spells for the rest of the country.

Temperatures will bounce back in part to a respectable 21C – still 10 degrees cooler than last week.

A Met Office forecaster added: “Rain spreads to the North West from Monday, with the South feeling warm in sunny spells by Wednesday.”

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In response to climate change, the forecasters recently changed their definition of a heatwave. The UK now has to reach certain temperatures for three consecutive days, with the thresholds changing from county to county.

In London a heatwave is at least 28C, dropping to 27C in the Midlands, 26C in the Welsh Borders and 25C in the North and West.

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