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Met Office verdict on predictions for scorching July heatwave

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The Met Office has responded to predictions that a second heatwave will scorch the UK next month.

A chart published by the Express showed a band of roasting weather pushing north from France towards the south of England on June 25.

According to the graphic, continental temperatures reaching 36C were on the way and would push the mercury to 26C in Portsmouth and Brighton.

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BBC Weather’s long-range forecast confirmed that some short-lived spells of “warmer than normal” temperatures could arrive in July, but only after a period of unsettled conditions next week.

Now, the Met Office has rebuffed suggestions that another heatwave will take bake the UK.

Stephen Dixon, a spokesman, said: “In short, our current long-range forecasts don’t indicate a heatwave on the immediate horizon, although looking as far ahead as the June 25, obviously brings a level of uncertainty into the forecast.

“Current indications suggest spells of warm, settled conditions from late June heading into July, but rainfall amounts are also expected to be at around average levels for the time of year.”

Mr Dixon also gave an idea of what temperatures we can expect next month.

He said: “Temperatures should be close to normal for the time of year, but that doesn’t rule out cooler spells or warmer for the long-range period in question, with most of the warm weather likely to be in the southeast of the country.

“There is also a continued risk of thunderstorms developing in some of the warmer periods, although we’re obviously looking a long way ahead.”

Thunderstorms are set to batter Bristol tonight (Wednesday, June 16) as a pay-off for all the hot weather we have enjoyed in May and June.

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