Britain set for record-breaking '˜blowtorch summer'

The UK could be set for a record-breaking summer with the mercury set to hit 35degC.

Monday, 5th June 2017, 10:59 am
Updated Friday, 8th June 2018, 5:14 am
Blowtorch summer

Despite large parts of the country currently being covered in cloud and chill, weather experts are predicting a risk of heatwaves in the coming months.

The forecast comes following a trend of increasing temperatures - the country as a whole having been hotter than average each month this year.

And Met Office figures show a figure that is 1.2degC above the average following unusually dry southerly winds.

It is these ‘blowtorch’ blasts from southern Europe that are likely to cause the hike in heat.

If this pattern continues, the average for the year will be 10degC, whereas the annual average is just 8.5degC.

A spokesperson for the Met Office said: “Temperatures are most likely to be above the seasonal average as we head into July, particularly in the east, with a chance of further very warm or even hot interludes here.”