UK WEATHER: Today could be the hottest day of the year so far – with the arrival of a late heat wave | UK News
And as the UK enters the throes of a subsequent summer heatwave, the temperature could surpass June’s highest reading of 32.2C (89.9F) – with a new record possible on Wednesday or Thursday, the Met Office says.
Wednesday 6 September 2023 at 11:26, United Kingdom
Today could be the hottest day of the year so far, according to the Met Office, as the UK experiences a late heatwave.
Some parts of West Yorkshire, Cornwall, Devon and Wales have reached heatwave standards for the first time since June – after three consecutive days at or above the maximum temperature.
Heat health alerts It was upgraded to amber across most of England until 9pm on Sunday as people were making the most of the sun as temperatures rose.
The warning covers every region except the northeast, where there is a yellow alert.
The highest temperature of the year was recorded in the UK so far which was 32.2°C (89.9°F) on 10 and 25 June.
The Met Office said there is an opportunity that could be passed today or tomorrow.
The forecast said the temperature is expected to reach 32 degrees Celsius (89.6 Fahrenheit) on Wednesday and 33 degrees Celsius (91.4 Fahrenheit) on Thursday, which is expected to be the peak.
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“Then it will be 32 degrees Celsius through Sunday in some places in the south,” said meteorologist Amy Bokota.
It revealed that 13 meteorological stations have already officially recorded a heat wave, and this wave is set to rise in the next two days.
Sky News weather presenter Kirsty McCabe said the last time the hottest temperature of the year occurred in September was in 2016, when the temperature in Gravesend reached 34.4C (93.9F) on 13 September.
Tropical nights are possible, when temperatures may not drop below 20°C (68°F).
The Met Office said the highest recorded overnight minimum temperature for September was 21.7C (71F) – and that record could be at risk tonight and tomorrow night in particular.
The exception to largely very warm conditions this week is the far north and west of Scotland, which will see some periods of occasional heavy rain.
There is also an opportunity for some scattered thunderstorms in the western regions, starting from Tuesday, and significantly during the end of the week.
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Meanwhile, according to the World Meteorological Organization (WMO), Earth experienced the warmest summer ever in the Northern Hemisphere.
Not only was last month the hottest month ever recorded by scientists, it was also the second hottest – behind only July 2023.
August was about 1.5°C warmer than pre-industrial averages, which is the warming threshold the world is trying not to cross. However, the 1.5°C threshold is decades past – not just a month.
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The world’s oceans – more than 70% of the Earth’s surface – were the hottest on record – around 21 degrees Celsius (69.8 degrees Fahrenheit) – and record high temperatures for three consecutive months.
“Summer days don’t just bark, they bite,” UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres said in a statement. “The climate collapse has begun.”