Bookies have made it odds-on for the UK to experience more 40C temperatures in August with another heatwave expected to arrive later this month.
Bookmakers Coral have set an odds-on price of 4-5 for thermometers to hit the 40C mark again before the end of the month after the Met Office predicted temperatures will be back in the 30s as soon as Thursday (August 11).
“Very little meaningful rain” is expected in England, forecasters have warned, with much of the country already parched.
By Friday (August 12), London is expected to be basking in 33C sunshine, which is likely to be hotter than Lisbon in Portugal, as Brits enjoy – or possibly endure – another spell of hot weather.
Met Office chief forecaster Steve Willington said: “We could see parts of the UK entering heatwave conditions if the above-average temperatures last for three days or more.
“Many areas of the UK, especially the south, will witness temperatures several degrees higher than average.”
Nick Finnis, weather expert with Netweather.tv, added: “Temperatures will be close to average in the north-westerly flow over the next few days but will rise through next week, potentially reaching the low 30s across southern England from Tuesday through to Friday. This meets heatwave criteria.”
The north will also enjoy a spell of hot, dry weather with temperatures in Manchester hitting 29C by Friday.
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During last month’s heatwave, Pitsford in Northamptonshire broke records two days in a row.
On July 18, the village was the UK’s joint-hottest place at 38.2C, while the following day it hit 40.2C.
Coral’s John Hill said: “July was a record-breaking month in the UK, and our betting suggests we could be set for something similar in August. Not only have we cut the odds on August ending as the hottest ever in the UK, we make it odds-on for the temperature to reach 40C.”
This week, South East Water became the latest company to introduce a temporary hosepipe ban due to the prolonged hot weather.
It said it had been “left with no choice but to restrict the use of hosepipes and sprinklers” in Kent and Sussex from midnight on August 12 “until further notice”.
Southern Water is also asking customers to limit their water usage to reduce the risk of restrictions.
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