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Met Office gives official Indian summer verdict with date for ‘late season’ heat

Summer in the UK this year has been something of a washout with sunny spells sadly being few and far between.

August may have gone by under a miserable rain cloud but the sunshine did finally emerge earlier this month with a scorching heatwave reaching 30C highs for seven consecutive days.

The heat was somewhat short-lived as much of the country has been hit with thunderstorms in recent days, but the good news is the sun is expected to make a return.

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The Met Office is predicting a return to more settled conditions later this month bringing some late season warmth to the UK, with temperatures tipped to be above average heading into October.

For the dates Thursday 28 September to Thursday 12 October, the national forecaster says: “Confidence remains low in late September and early October; however there are signals emerging of low pressure often being centred to the west of the UK, with higher pressure close to or just east of the UK, indicating a greater chance of more in the way of settled conditions.

“There is an increased chance of some late season warm spells, with above average temperatures most likely.” As temperatures are expected to be hotter than average late in the season it could be dubbed an ‘Indian Summer’, which refers to the late arrival of summer conditions.

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It means the UK is likely to enjoy a last stint of hot weather when temperatures would normally be cooling down as we head into the autumn season. But before the sunshine returns, conditions across the country look a little more gloomy for this week, with cloud and spells of rain forecast.

Northern areas are expected to get the heaviest showers with temperatures remaining quite cool. As for the south, conditions become increasingly warm over the weekend although there could be some thunderstorms and rain showers.

The outlook doesn’t look much better from Monday, but the weather should gradually start to improve over the course of the week. The Met Office said: “This is likely to be a predominantly unsettled period beginning with fairly widespread rain or thundery showers, the latter especially for parts of England and Wales. These will be tied into a warm, humid air mass which should clear to the east early in this period.

“Thereafter, more of an Atlantic influence looks most likely, with the potential for quite deep areas of low pressure run close by or even over the UK, bringing with them the risk of strong winds and heavy rain. How this evolves is currently very uncertain and tied into systems currently in the subtropical Atlantic.

“After a warm start to the period, especially in the south, temperatures generally look to be close to average, although some further warm spells are likely at times.”

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