Exact date 24C heat set to return after weeks of rain misery across UK

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Exact date 24C heat set to return after weeks of rain misery across UK
Exact date 24C heat set to return after weeks of rain misery across UK

Forecasts show the UK is in for another miserable period of heavy downpours and strong winds, with warm and sunny weather still several days away.

A displaced jet stream meant the UK missed out on the European heatwave for most of July - and things looks unlikely to change with the start of the new month, according to the Met Office.

Pleasant conditions on Tuesday will soon make way for "unseasonable" conditions on Wednesday, with several days of rain and gales to follow.

Temperatures will also stay noticeably cool, as weather maps from independent forecaster WXCharts show night-time lows even dropping to a wintry 5C in some parts of the UK. Daytime highs will stay around 19-20C in the south for most of this week, reaching only the mid-teens further north.

Exact date 24C heat set to return after weeks of rain misery across UK rriddqixxiqezinvThe UK will have to wait more than a week for any sunny weather to return (AFP via Getty Images)

The maps then show a warmer day of around 23.7C arriving on Thursday 10 August, when most of the country is expected to stay dry aside from a few areas.

Gales, snow and rain to batter country today with 80mph wind gustsGales, snow and rain to batter country today with 80mph wind gusts

Meteorologist Phil Morrish told the Express: "There will be another seven to 10 days of this unsettled weather as the jet stream comes in from the west giving us periods of rain and showers and moderate temperatures of 20C in the south and 17 to 18C in the north.

"August 7-14 looks warmer with sunnier conditions as the jet stream moves north allowing high pressure from the south to build up. Between August 10-14 normal temperatures of 20 - 25C in the south. The third week of August will see more warmth, 25C to perhaps 30C if high pressure takes hold.

"There'll be one more week of unsettled conditions, then becoming more settled. It's getting better after six weeks of unsettled weather. By the third week of August, the whole country will be more settled." Weather alerts have also been issued for much of the country for this Wednesday, and people have been advised to prepare for "unseasonably windy" conditions and rainstorms.

A yellow alert from the Met Office will apply to Wales and the south of England from 4am until 6pm on Wednesday, with the national forecaster advising there will likely be "some disruption" to travel and outdoor activities. Several parts of the country are also under yellow warnings for thunderstorms, including South West England, Yorkshire and the Humber, and the East Midlands.

A warning from the national forecaster reads: "Heavy showers and thunderstorms are expected during Wednesday. Where they do develop they could be slow-moving and persistent with as much as 20-25mm of rain falling within an hour and possibly 40mm in 2-3 hours in a few places. Lightning and hail will be additional hazards."

Benedict Tetzlaff-Deas

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