Due to the high temperatures and persistent drought, garden hose bans had to be implemented in some areas
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?
Mercury is slowly falling in the UK from Monday (15 August) with temperatures in London, East Anglia and south-central England now in the high 20s.
A yellow flash flood and thunderstorm warning is in effect for parts of Cornwall, Devon and Somerset until 8pm.
The rest of the UK – with the exception of the far north of Scotland – is on a yellow weather warning until midnight for this eventuality.
A band of rain is currently forecast to move north into Scotland from north-west areas of England by Monday night, with this rain picking up over most of Scotland in the early hours of Tuesday (16 August).
While Tuesday will start as a cloudy day for England, Wales and Northern Ireland, rain is expected to continue well into the afternoon in Scotland.
A yellow weather warning is in effect from the south west of Scotland to Aberdeenshire between midnight and 10am.
This wet band of weather will spread southward as the day progresses.
Meanwhile, more thunderstorm weather is expected across England and Wales throughout the day, with yellow weather warnings in place for possible disruption.
Temperatures will peak in the mid 20s for London, the South East and East Anglia, while the rest of England and Wales will hover in the early 20s.
The western coastal areas and Northern Ireland will not emerge from the high teens, while the far north of Scotland will fall to 13℃.
Yellow weather warnings for thunderstorms in the south west, home counties, south east and much of East Anglia remain in place at the start of Wednesday (17 August).
Temperatures will remain in the low 20s for most, with highs of 22℃ expected in London, Kent and Sussex.
Scotland and Northern Ireland stay in the mid teens at best and get colder the further north you go.
For the remainder of the week, temperatures in London are expected to rise to a high of 24℃ on both Thursday (18 August) and Friday (19 August).
Thursday will be the warmer of days for most in the UK, with mercury likely to hit the mid 20s in most of England.
Wales, Northern Ireland and Scotland remain in their mid to late teens.
On Friday these cooler temperatures will be more widespread in England.
It’s supposed to be similarly warm on Saturday (20 August).
Will there be another heatwave in the UK?
With another UK heatwave on the horizon, time is running out for one as summer officially ends in just over two weeks.
Currently, the Met Office says it is not ruling out another.
“It’s always possible that we could see another warm spell, but it’s now less likely that we’ll see another longer period of temperatures above 32C,” a spokesman said.
“Late August marks the end of meteorological summer and as we move into fall, factors such as the reduction in daylight hours and the fact that the sun is lower in the sky will offset further episodes of extreme heat.
“But we can never really rule out a spell of heat – it’s probably too early to speculate that we’re unlikely to see a return from last week’s significant heat.”
July’s record-breaking heat wave was caused by a “heat dome” slowly rising from North Africa, while sustained hot temperatures in August were due to an Atlantic weather system.
Temperatures of 40 °C observed in July 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.