BRITAIN could be facing the hottest summer ever with temperatures hitting 101F, forecasters said last night.
Blistering heat similar to 2003 – the warmest summer for five centuries – is “a real possibility”.
But experts are warning of a lack of rain. While temperatures of 101.F (38.5C) will be welcomed by sun lovers, farmers are desperate after the driest spring on record.
Forecasters say there is no significant rain on the horizon and in June
and July, temperatures are potentially going to be consistently high. As high pressure sets in next month, bringing prolonged spells of clear skies and unbroken sunshine, the heat is likely to rise to 95F.
Paul Michaelwhite, of online forecasters Netweather, said: “It is not beyond that realms of possibility that we could see temperatures pushing up to the record 101.3F – and temperatures of 95F are certainly not out of the question.”
Updated below with comments by Piers Corbyn