As reported by MSN News this week, Britain is set for a 33C hot summer boosting Wimbledon and Glastonbury – but the August school holiday could be in peril because of La Nina floods.
The Met Office long-range forecast – Britain’s most anticipated verdict on summer weather – favours hotter than normal temperatures over the next three months.
Government weathermen also said there is a 25% probability of temperatures being much higher than usual until the end of July.
Highs around 33C are expected as in previous years.
Temperatures of 36.7C were recorded in July 2015, 32C in July 2014, 33C in July 2013, 31C in July 2012, and 33C in June 2011.
The upbeat forecast is good news for revellers enjoying the Queen’s 90th Birthday Parade in June, Glastonbury, Wimbledon and the start of the school holidays.
Ladbrokes cut odds of summer being the hottest for over a century to 3/1. A spokesperson said: “Punters reckon the sunshine will be here all summer.”
Government forecasters said warm Atlantic temperatures – beefed up by the outgoing El Nino – will help deliver sizzles.
A second warm-up is due next week after soakings from tomorrow and through this week follow last weekend’s 27C swelter.
A Met Office forecaster said: “Unsettled weather is expected to affect the UK until at least the weekend, with heavy rain possible across the UK.
“There is a chance of warmer, drier weather developing across many parts in the following week.”
The Met Office three-month forecast said: “For May-July, above-average temperatures are slightly more probable than below-average.
“El Nino is ranked amongst the strongest on record.
“Sea-surface temperatures in the south and west North Atlantic are above-average, while in the north and east are below-average.
“This increases the probability of above-average pressure, associated with above-average temperatures.”
But the Met Office reported hints of wetter-than-usual conditions and warned of wet and windy Atlantic low pressure, which often stems from tropical weather systems.
Government forecasters said La Nina – cold eastern Pacific Ocean temperatures which whip up tropical North Atlantic hurricanes threatening Britain at times – would be in place by August, the peak of the hurricane season.