UK weather forecast – Saharan Bubble heatwave to return this week with 25C blast after brief cool-off today

BRITS are bracing themselves for more hot weather this week after cooler temperatures today bring welcome respite from the Saharan Bubble heatwave.

The mercury is set to dip today following a record-breaking week of sunshine which saw UK’s temperatures rise to 35C.

It will be a cooler start to the day today, but temperatures will warm up as the week progresses, with this weather graphic showing 25C heat focused in the South East on Thursday

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Britain’s beaches – like here in Brighton at the weekend – will be packed again later this week as a 25C heatwave is set to return following cooler temperatures today[/caption]

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Thursday will see the strongest sunshine, according to the Met Office, with this weather map showing sunny conditions in the south with cloudier skies further north[/caption]

Despite tomorrow’s cool start to the day, Britain will soon see temperatures once again soar to mid-20s.

Discussing Tuesday’s weather, Met Office meteorologist Mark Wilson told The Sun Online: “We’re going to be seeing a bright start to the day.

“Temperatures are set to climb day by day this week, with more sun peaking through each day.

“We will see the strongest sunshine on Thursday – where temperatures will reach 25C in the south.”


The cooler weather will come as a welcome relief for some after Saturday became the hottest day of the year so far.

The mercury hit 35C in Northolt, Middlesex, as Britain basked in extreme heat sweeping across Europe from North Africa.

Brits made the most of the sun by firing up BBQs – while others headed to the beach and gathered in beer gardens.

The A50 dual carriageway melted near Foston, Derbs, on Sunday – causing hours of delays.

A downpour of “blood rain” in Scotland left an orange dust on cars.


On Saturday night, 15.8mm of rain fell in Edinburgh during a thunderstorm while heavy rain also struck as far south as Leicester.

Scotland was blasted by more than 20,000 lightning strikes as dramatic thunderstorms raced across the country over the weekend.

The incredible total was recorded by the German lightning-tracking website between midday and 10pm on Saturday.

On the ground, this produced a number of fires and power outages – as electricity sub stations received direct hits.

The Scottish thunderstorms also left the country cooler at the start of July than it was at the end of June.


This week will be perfect conditions for another beach day or BBQ – but it will not quite reach 30C.

A Met Office spokesman said of this week’s weather: “As we go into (this) weekend the most likely scenario is that most places will be dry and sunny especially across the South and East.

“Generally speaking temperatures will be in the mid-to-high 20s.

It is unlikely to get as high as 30C because the weather is coming from the Atlantic and not Africa.

The forecaster added: “On Friday and Saturday it will get up to 27C.”

Thursday’s temperatures are set to climb to a balmy 25C in the South East, as this weather map shows
Glastonbury festival-goers tried cooling down by chucking water at themselves during last weekend’s 35C scorcher
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