School holiday scorcher on the way with temperatures reaching 30°C

Some weather experts have optimistically predicted highs of 35C in coming weeks (Picture: PA)

A heatwave could return to Britain later next month – just in time for the school holidays.

Much of the country basked in sunshine earlier in June as temperatures reached new highs for 2022.

But cloud and scattered showers soon returned, with rain even delaying the opening day of Wimbledon.

Forecasters have now predicted that the mercury could again hit 30°C later next week.

It will be in time for school holidays, as the majority of schools in England and Wales split up by July 22.

High pressure from near the Azores will make its way over to Britain by Monday.

One weather expert has suggested it could bring highs of 35°C, but the Met Office has been more conservative with its estimates.

‘There are decent times that later next week that high pressure will become more influential across the UK,’ said Met Office meteorologist Aidan McGivern.

People enjoy the warm weather on Bournemouth beach in Dorset. A sweltering 34C (93.2F) is expected in London and potentially some spots in East Anglia on Friday, according to the Met Office. Picture date: Friday June 17, 2022. PA Photo. Away from the capital and the South East, 27-30C is expected across most of England and Wales, meaning the country will be hotter than parts of Jamaica and the Maldives. See PA story WEATHER Hot. Photo credit should read: Andrew Matthews/PA Wire
High pressure moving towards the UK from the Azores could lead to a heatwave (Picture: PA)
Esmae Crawforth enjoys the hot weather on Bridlington beach in Yorkshire. Picture date: Thursday June 16, 2022. PA Photo. See PA story WEATHER Hot . Photo credit should read: Danny Lawson/PA Wire
Most schools in England and Wales will be splitting up for the summer holidays by July 22 (Picture: PA)

‘There are positive signs temperatures will be above average.

‘There could be significantly above average temperatures by the end of next week and into the following weekend.

‘It will turn dry and become sunnier and temperatures will rise, but it may take much of the week to change.’

The Met Office added that it is too early to give a more detailed forecast for the school holidays.

Meanwhile, Weather Outlook forecaster Brian Gaze says temperatures could continue climbing past 30C.

He told the Sun: ’I wouldn’t be surprised if temperatures climbed to 35°C. To put a little context on that, the hottest day in the entire decade of the 1980s was 34.4°C.

‘Temperatures in the UK reached 32.7°C earlier this month and typically the hottest weather of the summer comes in July or August. 

‘In recent years periods of extreme heat have become more common in the UK.’

Festivalgoers enjoy the sun and warm weather as they attend the Glastonbury music festival, in Glastonbury, in Somerset, South West England, on June 22, 2022. - More than 200,000 music fans and megastars Paul McCartney, Billie Eilish and Kendrick Lamar descend on the English countryside this week as Glastonbury Festival returns after a three-year hiatus. The festival takes place from June 22 to June 26, 2022. (Photo by ANDY BUCHANAN / AFP) (Photo by ANDY BUCHANAN/AFP via Getty Images)
Festivalgoers at Glastonbury were among those enjoying the recent warm weather (Picture: AFP)
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Before the calm comes a storm as rain and wind forecast today (Picture: Met Office Weather Warning)

“Whether we get a heatwave at this point really depends on the exact wind directions and orientation to that area of high pressure… but we’re certainly seeing a positive message as we move into July.”

The highest temperature ever recorded in the UK was 38.7°C in Cambridge in July 2019.

But before July’s heatwaves arrives, unsettled weather and heavy rains are expected in parts of the UK.

Today, a yellow weather warning is in place in Northern Ireland to warn of heavy rainfall and potential flooding.

The warning stretches down to the South West of England including Devon, parts of Cornwall, Wales and Birmingham.

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