UK weather: 'Extreme' August ends with cooler conditions - and they're set to continue into next month

31 August 2020, 10:39 | Updated: 31 August 2020, 12:46

Bank holiday temperatures will bring "unseasonably cool" conditions to the UK, marking the an end of an extreme month of weather which has included a heatwave and two named storms.

The chilly and cloudy spell is also in stark contrast to last year's late August Bank Holiday Monday - which was the hottest on record, when the mercury hit 33.2C (91.8F) at Heathrow.

And it comes just weeks after people flocked to the nation's beaches as temperatures reached 36.4C (97.5F) on what was the hottest August day for 17 years.

London and Cardiff are expected to reach around 18C (64F) on Monday afternoon, while Edinburgh could see temperatures struggle to hit 15C (59F). Belfast's may reach 17C (63F).

Alex Burkill, of the Met Office, said he is not expecting any records to be set with today's low temperatures.

"Monday daytime temperatures will struggle again, probably only just about getting into double figures in some places, but I'd be surprised if we broke any records," he said.

"It has been quite extreme at times, we've had some very hot weather and then the two storms (Francis and Ellen) towards the end of the month.

"Even this bank holiday has been unseasonably cool. (The weather) has brought everything this month and that's not really going to be captured in the monthly averages.

"They're not going to show the extremes that we've had."

The not-so-summery weather looks set to continue into September, which the Met Office says is "likely to start breezy and cool with scattered showers".

Wetter conditions are expected in northern and western parts, while southern areas are likely to see the best of any dry weather over the next few days.

In its long range forecast for the first half of next month, the Met Office adds: "Temperatures should be around average, although it's likely we could see some chilly nights."

Last week, the UK was battered by Storm Francis, which saw gusts of 81mph hit The Needles near the Isle of Wight, coming just days after Storm Ellen had struck.

Forecasters said it was "unseasonable" to have two named storms occur in August within such a short period.

"It's not that usual for us to get these types of storms in August, in fact it's the first time we've ever had a named storm in August," said Mr Burkill.

"To then have another one week after the other is even more extreme."