Temp to hit 33C in siz­zling three-month spell

Daily Star Sunday - - FRONT PAGE - ■ by ALIS­TAIR GRANT sun­day@dai­

BRI­TAIN is set for its hottest sum­mer for at least 12 years.

Sun­seek­ers will be treated to record-break­ing roasts – at up to 33C (91F).

We’ll be able to bask while en­joy­ing World Cup BBQ par­ties and Wim­ble­don fol­low­ing the Met Of­fice fore­cast of a siz­zling three months ahead.

Ex­perts reckon higher than nor­mal tem­per­a­tures from June through to Au­gust are eight times more likely than cooler con­di­tions.

Met Of­fice op­ti­mism was backed up by The Weather Com­pany, the world’s big­gest commercial fore­caster, which has pre­dicted a high of 33C.

If ther­mome­ters regis­ter above the 14.3C sum­mer av­er­age in the next three months, this year will put 2006 – the hottest sum­mer for a cen­tury – in the shade.

That year a record-break­ing tem­per­a­ture of 36.5C (98F) was recorded on July 19, at Wis­ley, Sur­rey.

Book­ies have al­ready re­sponded to the fore­casts of soar­ing tem­per­a­tures.

Coral has cut the odds on this month be­ing the hottest June on record to 6/4 from 2/1.

It is odds-on, at 4/6, for over 30C to be recorded in the UK this month and 4/1 for the hottest-ever June day (cur­rently 35.6C).

“We had a swel­ter­ing start to the month and, with fore­casts pre­dict­ing we’re go­ing to have a hot end to the month, there’s now ev­ery chance this June could take a place in the record books,” said Coral’s Harry Aitken­head.

The firm cur­rently makes it 2/1 for 2018 to be the hottest year on record. “We al­ways see a rush of pun­ters look­ing to back each year to be the hottest, cold­est or wettest on record but this year the theme cer­tainly seems to be the for­mer.

“There’s a real feel­ing that we could go on to have a very warm year,” added Mr Aitken­head.

But a siz­zling sum­mer this year will also bring dan­gers.

The Met Of­fice is warn­ing emer­gency ser­vices, trans­port lead­ers, busi­ness chiefs and coun­cils of the risks of a hot­ter-than-nor­mal spell ahead.

In re­cent years Bri­tain has faced a num­ber of poor sum­mers.

Last year, rain ru­ined the school hol­i­days while in 2014 Hur­ri­cane Bertha brought down­pours. And the wettest sum­mer for 100 years was in 2012.

The Met Of­fice said: “For JuneAu­gust, above-av­er­age tem­per­a­tures are more likely than be­low-av­er­age tem­per­a­tures.

“The prob­a­bil­ity the UK av­er­age tem­per­a­ture for June-Au­gust will fall into the warm­est of our five cat­e­gories is 40%.

“The like­li­hood of above-av­er­age tem­per­a­tures is greater than usual. The Met Of­fice long-range pre­dic­tion sys­tem shows a slightly in­creased chance of high-pres­sure pat­terns across the UK.”

The Weather Out­look fore­caster Brian Gaze said: “The warm­est sum­mer since 2006 is a pos­si­bil­ity, af­ter re­cent years saw a series of dis­ap­point­ing sum­mers. June to Au­gust only needs to be 1C above av­er­age for it to hap­pen.”

Leon Brown, the head of me­te­o­ro­log­i­cal op­er­a­tions at The Weather Chan­nel, owned by The Weather Com­pany, said: “33C is ex­pected by early July.”

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