UK weather forecast – August Bank Holiday getaway warning – as ‘record’ heatwave increases your chance of a breakdown – The Sun
BRITS are gearing up for a 33C heatwave which could smash the UK's record for the hottest ever August Bank Holiday.
But as millions prepare to take to the road for short breaks, experts have warned the soaring temperatures could cause more breakdowns.
RAC spokesman Rod Dennis said: “With summer returning in time for the weekend for many of us, it’s going to mean millions of us take to the road for day trips and short breaks.
“Unfortunately, as the temperature rises so can the chances of a breakdown – so it’s important drivers check over their vehicle before setting out.
“Tyre pressure and tread, as well as oil and coolant levels, should all be looked at and doing so can really cut the chances of breaking down.
“Hungry, thirsty or tired passengers can also be recipes for in-car irritability – and ‘carguments’ – so pack enough food and water to keep your passengers happy, and plan in enough breaks along the way.”
The mercury could hit 33C on Monday, which would smash the previous high set two years ago – by FIVE DEGREES.
Chief Met Office meteorologist Steve Willington said: "By Bank Holiday Monday itself temperatures will rise further with around 33C possible in the southeast – which would set a new record for the coming Bank Holiday weekend."
The current highest temperature on record for the August Bank Holiday Monday is 28.2C at Holbeach, Lincolnshire in 2017.
But the hottest overall temperature during the late summer Bank Holiday weekend is 31.5C, on August 25, 2001, at Heathrow.
A sunny long weekend will be welcomed by Brits bored with the cooler and damper weather we have seen for the past few weeks.
It will stay windy in the northwest today, with outbreaks of rain in some areas.
Central and eastern areas will be mostly cloudy, with the best of the sunshine in the far south.
Weather forecasters and health experts have warned Brits to take care when the potentially dangerous temperatures peak.
AUGUST BANK HOLIDAY HEATWAVE
The blast of hot air follows June and July roasts which saw 34C on June 29, at Northolt, north London, and the 38.7C hottest day since records began 178 years ago in 1841, on July 25, in Cambridge.
Met Office forecaster Grahame Madge said: “The August Bank Holiday record is 28.2C and that will easily be challenged. Above the high 20s is quite possible in the odd spot. The high 20s are forecast reasonably widely.
“There is also a low chance of beating the overall August Bank Holiday weekend record of 31.5C.
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“The fine Bank Holiday weekend will provide a good opportunity for people to be outside after a very wet August.
“It will turn progressively warmer through the week, with 26C by Friday and temperatures climbing as a ridge of high pressure from the Azores influences all parts of the UK.”
Temperatures are forecast to build until Sunday, meteorologist Emma Smith said.
Showers will continue in northern areas of the UK until Friday, with isolated outbreaks of rain also expected in some southern areas before high pressure moves in, bringing warmer and drier weather.
Central and southern England are expected to see the warmest weather of the bank holiday, while temperatures across northern areas of the UK will be lower, with conditions likely to be more changeable.
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