Yellow Warnings Issued As Heatwave Grinds To A Halt

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The heatwave that has gripped the United Kingdom for much of the summer is finally coming to an end with thunderstorms and lower temperatures moving in.

Temperatures are expected to reach 23C in Leeds today but temperatures are then set to dip slightly to around 19C towards the end of the week.

The Met Office forecast that "patchy cloud and rain will affect many northern and western parts, with some heavier showers in the far north and west", although "very warm sunshine will continue for south-eastern areas". "Top temperatures for the next few days will be slightly below normal and around 15 to 18 degrees in light to moderate mainly westerly winds".

In the longer term, the Met Office's analysis has suggested hot, dry conditions could return and continue into the autumn.

"This also increases the chances of above-average United Kingdom temperatures, particularly in the early part of the forecast period".

"For August-October, above-average temperatures are more likely than below-average".

Bonnie Diamond, from the Met Office, said: 'This means there is an increased likelihood of warmer-than-average temperatures and below-average rainfall. The probability the United Kingdom average temperature will fall into the warmest of our five categories is around 55 per cent'.

"Sea surface temperatures close to the United Kingdom have reached near-record levels as a result of the prolonged hot and sunny weather", said the Met Office.

Temperatures could potentially peak at 34C (91.4F) in Essex or Norfolk on Tuesday, after a balmy weekend where the hottest temperature on Sunday was 30.2C (86.36F) recorded in Northolt, Greater London, the Met Office said.

It comes amid a sweltering European heatwave, with Portugal and Spain being hit by the hottest temperatures.

The three-month outlook suggests a greater likelihood of high-pressure systems near the United Kingdom, meaning settled conditions are more likely than unsettled weather.

But latest weather prediction models show heavy rain will start to blight Scotland, north-west England and south-east England from Wednesday as conditions turn "fresher and changeable".

Sheffield has been sweltering in the summer sun for weeks on end with temperatures pushing 30C on many days.