Southern Britain will dry out in the latter part of the summer as showers deflect from the region and move towards Scotland and northern England. Parts of the UK, particularly the south and east, have entered their fourth month of below-average rainfall, according to Met Office records.
Meteorologists warn no significant rain will arrive until at least the last week of August as garden hose bans loom in Kent, Sussex, Hampshire, Pembrokeshire and the Isle of Weight.
Jim Dale, meteorologist for the UK Meteorological Service, said: “There is nothing in the forecast for the next fortnight to break the drought in parts of the country.
“The high pressure will move across the UK over the next few days bringing warmer and drier weather, particularly to southern Britain, although even further north it will be warmer than the mean.
“High pressure, which will bring the hottest air on the continent, will drive the heat in the same way we saw last month, and it will also bring dry conditions.
“It’s still uncertain how long high pressure like this will last, but it looks like the drought in the south will extend beyond the middle of the month.”
August marks the fourth month that parts of Britain have seen little or no rain, according to government rainfall logs.
Unusually dry weather set in across southern and eastern Britain and Wales in May, when the Met Office reported below-average rainfall.
While totals in western Britain in June were slightly above average, once again eastern regions were drier than normal with just 76% of normal rainfall.
In July, north-west Scotland was wetter than in other years, while dry weather tightened its grip on the south-east, delivering just a quarter of the expected rainfall. Overall, the UK recorded only 56% of the expected average.
Met Office data also reveals that swaths of southern and eastern Britain experienced the driest July on record.
Government forecasters are warning of ‘insignificant’ wet weather as Britain heads into another heat wave with only sustained rainfall capable of replenishing supplies.
Met Office chief forecaster Steve Willington said: “As the high pressure builds, there is very little significant rain in the forecast, particularly in parts of southern England, which have seen very dry conditions last month.
“Elsewhere in the UK, such as northern England, Scotland and Northern Ireland, rainy weather fronts will make limited headway against high pressure, bringing rain to northwestern areas of the Kingdom. -United.”
With temperatures set to soar to the mid-30C by mid-week, Britain is once again on heatwave alert, he warned.
He said: “We could see parts of the UK enter heatwave conditions if above-average temperatures last for three or more days.
“Many parts of the UK, particularly the south, will experience temperatures several degrees above average, but these are likely to be well below the record temperatures we saw in mid-July.”
Met Office meteorologist Alex Deakin added: “High pressure is about to make its way across the UK.
“There is not much to move this high pressure, the jet stream will remain north of the UK, and it will push low pressure systems north, allowing the high pressure to dominate next week and we’re not going to see much rain at all.
Saharan conditions reached a new level last month which, after recording the hottest temperature on record in the UK, provided just 35% of England’s average rainfall, with Wales getting 53%, l Northern Ireland 51% and Scotland 81%.
Provisional data from the Met Office reveals the south of England had its driest July on record, while overall the country experienced its driest period since 1935.
January to July was also the second hottest seven-month period on record, the Met Office said.
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