Hot weather and drought have already forced tube bans to be implemented in some areas, with more scorching heat on the way this week
So is the UK poised for another heatwave in August – and what does the latest Met Office forecast predict?
What is the UK weather forecast?
The UK has had temperatures closer to the seasonal average for several weeks since the peak of the last heatwave between 18-20 July.
But the mercury is now rising again.
Temperatures of 28℃ are expected in London, Somerset, Berkshire, Oxfordshire and Cambridgeshire as of Monday (8 August).
Highs of 27℃ are expected to be measured as far west as Hereford.
The coastal areas of the South East, South West and East Anglia will remain in the low to mid 20’s.
A high of 26℃ is on the horizon for Cardiff, with temperatures forecast to rise to 22℃ in Dundee and 21℃ on the Irish Sea coast of Northern Ireland.
Conditions are expected to be sunny for most, with the north-east and north-west of Scotland in line for clouds.
A slow-moving weather front will sweep rain across the Highlands, Orkney and Shetland throughout the day.
Rain is set to continue across northern parts of Scotland into Tuesday night, with clear sunny conditions expected for much of England and Wales for much of the day.
Temperatures will remain in the mid to high teens throughout most of the country throughout the night before rising sharply in England and Wales.
The heat is expected to reach 28℃ in central southern areas of England and the Midlands, with maximums of 29℃ possible in western areas.
Cardiff could see the mercury hit 27℃, Belfast could hit 24℃ and Edinburgh could climb to 23℃.
Wednesday is expected to be similar to Tuesday, with highs of 28℃ extending across England.
A peak temperature of 30℃ is forecast for Gillingham, Dorset and Gloucester and Monmouth.
Elsewhere in the UK, temperatures are likely to be in the mid 20s, with conditions in north west Scotland being much cooler.
Thursday (11 August) from
The prognosis becomes more and more extreme as we head towards Thursday and Friday.
Currently southern and central England faces heat in the region of 31℃ on Thursday, with the highest temperatures likely to be found in an area stretching from Yeovil, Somerset to Worcester.
Central Wales is set for 29℃, while mercury could peak at 27℃ in the Scottish Borders.
Temperatures will generally be lower in Northern Ireland, although 25℃ is forecast for Armagh.
A warm night is in sight for the south east, south west and Wales through Friday (12 August), with coastal areas likely to start the day in 20℃ heat.
Forecasters are currently predicting that Friday and Saturday will be the peak of the heatwave, as temperatures in the South West and West Midlands could peak at 32C and most other areas of inland England are likely to reach highs of 30C will be felt.
The Welsh Marches are likely to see temperatures near 28℃ to 29℃, while the Scottish Borders and Glasgow could reach highs of 27℃.
Northern Ireland is forecast to experience heat in the region of 26℃ between Enniskillen and Armagh.
When is the next heat wave coming?
Currently, the Met Office says the August heatwave will not match the intensity of the July heatwave.
“There will be plenty of sunshine for the vast majority of the UK and temperatures are rising by the day,” forecaster Tom Morgan said.
“Not everyone will see these sunny conditions initially but towards the end of the week even Scotland and Northern Ireland will join the rest of the UK in generally nice, sunny and very warm if not hot conditions.
“It looks like an extended dry spell and that is obviously bad news for southern England where some rain would really come in handy now.
“In terms of temperatures we are looking into the low to mid 30s from Thursday so a fairly widespread heatwave is developing across the UK this week.
“The peak in temperatures will likely occur on Friday or Saturday.”
The hot weather is being caused by an Atlantic anticyclone — a different system than the one that caused the July heatwave.
Last month’s extreme temperatures resulted from a “heat dome” moving north from North Africa before settling over southern Europe.
The Met Office has also said it is unlikely to match July’s heatwave as the sun is less powerful in August – it’s lower in the sky and daylight hours are marginally shorter.
A big unknown is how long this heatwave will last, with the Met Office forecasting it could last into mid-August.
With temperatures set to rise again, firefighters have urged people not to have barbecues.
Dry conditions are currently dominating much of England and Wales.
Over the weekend, the Essex County Fire and Rescue Service said around 40 people were forced to evacuate properties as a result of a fire that damaged more than a dozen homes.
It had started as a garden fire.
“While summer weather normally provides the perfect opportunity for an evening BBQ or gathering around a fireplace, we strongly discourage people from making fires at this time,” said Neil Fenwick, Essex area manager.
The 40℃ temperatures observed this week currently occur every 100 to 300 years, but could occur as frequently as every 15 years by 2100.
A major heat wave ensues that continues to scorch many parts of southern Europe.