The Met Office included swathes of the UK under weather warnings last week for rain and thunder. Only the weekend prior, many Brits had flocked to the beaches as temperatures soared above 30C in many areas. Here are the latest weather forecasts, maps and charts for the first weeks of July.
While the temperature appears to have generally dropped since the heatwave conditions seen earlier this month, the latest weather maps suggest temperatures above 20C could soon be making a return to the UK.
WXCHARTS maps, which use data from MetDesk, suggest much of Europe will be experiencing temperatures above 30C over the early period of July.
WXCHARTS maps show European countries such as Spain and France could see temperatures surpassing 30C over many days in the first half of July.
Temperatures building from Saturday, July 4, where parts of Spain will see highs of 37C.
But things hot up further into the week, with weather charts showing 43C highs on Sunday, July 5.
France will be slightly cooler, with highs of 31.5C on Saturday, reading 33.3C on the south coast by Wednesday.
While maps do not suggest the UK will match Europe for these soaring temperatures, it doesn’t mean Britain will miss the heat completely.
In fact, the UK will still be looking at some balmy conditions into July, so don’t put the suncream away just yet.
Maximum temperature maps show particularly warm weather for parts of the UK around July 10 to July 12, especially in the south of England.
Some parts of East Anglia are forecast to see highs of 26C on July 10, while parts of the south could also see highs of 23C on July 11.
The Met Office forecast states: “Changeable weather will probably continue in the second week of July although the rain may become more confined to the west and northwest with the best of any drier, brighter weather more likely across the south and east of the UK.
“Into the following weekend there are signs that the weather may become drier, more settled and warmer again, particularly for southern and many central parts.”
From Tuesday, July 14, the Met Office predicts a warmer weather pattern will become more established in the UK.
The forecast reads: “It looks as if relatively dry, settled and warm conditions may be established at the start of this period, bringing some sunshine for most parts, particular southern and central areas.
“The northwest may still be more changeable with nearer normal temperatures. For the rest of July confidence is very low.
“However, conditions will more likely be rather changeable, bringing spells of rain or showers, mixed with drier and brighter interludes.
“Later in the period it is possible that there will be some longer, more settled spells allowing it to become warm at times. As is usual this time of year, there is always the chance of some thundery interludes, with these being more likely across the south.”
— to www.express.co.uk