BRITAIN will roast in the hottest August EVER with temperatures set to hit an unbearable 100F within weeks.
By: Nathan Rao Thu, July 31, 2014
Britain faces record temperatures as the heatwave is fuelled by the jet stream
An “explosion” of unstable air high in the atmosphere has created an “unusually elongated” jet stream which is poised to drag SCORCHING highs in from the Continent and Africa sending thermometers soaring to dangerous levels around the UK.
The entire country will swelter in the highest summer temperatures for more than 300 years, putting even The Great Heatwave of 1906 firmly in the shade.
The Great Heatwave lasted a week and was the most intense of the 20th Century, with temperatures exceeding 32C (90F) in the UK for FOUR days running.
The warning that Britain now faces an even WORSE blast comes just days after scientists revealed “highly unusual activity” on the surface of the sun which sent huge solar flares spiralling towards earth.
Official Government figures reveal July is on course to be one of the warmest and sunniest on record.
The average temperature so far this month is 61.3F (16.3C), 2.3F (1.2C) above the long-term average according to the Met Office.
Although August will start off cooler than of late, temperatures in the south will still hover above average before ramping up after next week bringing MORE fierce thunderstorms, lightning and torrential rain.
Forecasters made the shock prediction as forecasting models revealed a bizarrely long, ‘buckled’ jet stream – associated with very hot weather – is heading straight for the UK.
Piers Corbyn, forecaster for WeatherAction, said a colossal swathe of roasting air is poised to flood in from Spain and the Sahara Desert.
He said: “This is due to the jet stream which is going to stay unusually elongated keeping high pressure to the east.
“We are going to get a steady flow of air from Spain, Africa and the Sahara with the extreme heat also triggering some thunder storms.
“It is going to be mostly sunny and very pleasant and we could even beat the record high for August of 101.3F (38.5C) set in 2003.
“We are definitely looking at what could turn out to be the hottest August on record after a cooler start to the month.”
Forecasters are warning of record UV levels in August as the ‘super high’ temperatures
Temperatures throughout the month are likely to rocket past the highest central England average of 66.6F (19.2C) set in 1995.
Mr Corbyn added: “We are looking at an average temperature which could be the highest since central England records began in 1659.”
The dire warnings came just hours after Eastbourne’s historic Victorian pier was razed to the ground as scorching temperatures once again roasted the south coast.
Sunbathers enjoying the hot weather in Eastbourne looked on in horror as the pier was destroyed [SWNS]
We are looking at the highest temperatures since records began in 1659
The Met Office said July is set to be one of the sunniest on record with 210 hours of recorded so far, “well above” normal for the month. It is likely to end up the joint 8th warmest since records began.
Met Office forecaster Dan Williams said: “We have had a long run when we were seeing temperatures in the 20s and perhaps into the 30s. We are now looking at the early 20s.
“We are expecting rain in places over the next few days – it won’t be quite as warm and dry as it has been.
“Next week is looking drier and there will be some decent bright and sunny spells, temperatures will be above average across eastern and south-central areas.”