MONTHS of sweltering heat will make for an almost tropical summer this year, forecasters said yesterday.
Temperatures will rarely fall below 70F (21C) for the whole of June and July. And highs of 90F are a real possibility in the first decent summer the country has seen for at least five years.
While occasional thunderstorms will turn most of the UK humid and steamy, overall rainfall is expected to be well below average.
That will cause concern for the water companies because large parts of the country have already been left parched by one of the driest springs on record.
Jonathan Powell, forecaster at Positive Weather Solutions, said: “Early indications are that this summer is not looking bad at all. We should see a return to the typical British summer in June and July with long runs of four or five beautifully warm and dry days which could end in thunderstorms.
“We are looking at something similar to 2005 and 2006 rather then the disappointing summers we have had over the past few years. It looks like this will lead to some pretty spectacular thunderstorms.”
Updated below with comments by Piers Corbyn
He said a repeat of the heatwave of 1976 – the hottest summer on record with temperatures of 80F every day for a month – was on the cards in the next four or five years.
“There is a summer of 1976 coming soon, that is a statistical certainty.”
The 1976 drought led to water rationing and parts of the UK have already had the driest April for more than a century.
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