Here Comes The Sun! The MET Office Say There’s A Heatwave Coming!

By Phil Clarke, Editor of The Handbook website Phil Clarke |
17th June 2019

It was all going so well, summer was well and truly here and people were commuting in shorts and briefcases. Then last week happened; a bigger washout than the Tory leadership debate, with rain and drizzle and plummeting temperatures. Well if last week was November-with-leaves, this week we’ll see the start of Saudi-with-scenery. Welcome to the heatwave… apparently.

According to the Met Office, temperatures are going to start climbing toward the week end, great if you’re planning a picnic, a game of beach cricket or just sitting in the garden, slathered in oil and sprawled across a sun lounger. Less ideal if you’ve planned to spend the weekend in coal mine.

Of course this is all irrelevant if you’ve just gotten back from a muddy Isle of Wight or Download Festival, but here’s how they think it’s going to play out: as the week progresses the mercury will slowly rise, topping out at around 30 degrees mid-week. This is all linked to killer 40 degree temperatures over in Europe, which we’re seeing the effects, and benefits, of here in the UK.

However, a pinch of salt is always recommended in these situations. If experience is anything to go by, we’re not going to start vacuum packing our coats and jumpers quite yet. Not least because the BBC are telling us to expect rain. Rain tomorrow, on Wednesday, on Saturday and on Sunday. So…

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