At last, it's summer: Britain to bask in hottest day since early July this week after Storm Antoni misery

7 August 2023, 11:05 | Updated: 7 August 2023, 12:47

Brits could soon see the return of the summer sunshine
Brits could soon see the return of the summer sunshine. Picture: Alamy

By Will Taylor

The UK could soon see its warmest day for weeks - after a wet and mild start to August and soaked July left Brits wondering where the summer went.

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Forecasters say Thursday could bring temperatures as high as 28C in some parts, the hottest day since July 8.

That would come after Wednesday climb to a high of 25C.

It would be a welcome rise after Britain was battered by strong winds and rain as Storm Antoni rolled in, drenching Brits that were roasting in the joint-hottest summer ever recorded in England last year.

Read more: Exact date UK to hit 27C as Met Office makes new forecast for ‘much warmer’ weather as Storm Antoni eases

But the warmer temperature will only be temporary respite from the otherwise disappointing weather in recent weeks.

The Met Office predicts rain for the day after.

"A southerly flow will allow temperatures to rise above average, by day and night, with a high of around 28C likely on Thursday," said Sky's weather producer Joanna Robinson.

Brits could be basking in 28C
Brits could be basking in 28C. Picture: Alamy

"However, it will be short-lived, with rain moving through on Friday, returning the cooler airmass that's been dominating."

Simon Partridge, a meteorologist at the Met Office, said the south east will get the bulk of the warm weather.

Read more: Storm Antoni batters Britain as ‘unseasonably' strong winds up to 65mph hit Bibby Stockholm asylum barge

The Met Office's forecast for Wednesday to Friday said: "Drier and brighter on Wednesday and Thursday, perhaps with a few showers.

Brits will not get respite on the rain for long
Brits will not get respite on the rain for long. Picture: Alamy

"Temperatures rising, reaching into the mid to high twenties briefly. Turning cooler Friday as cloud and rain returns."

Its long range forecast, which runs between August 21 and September 4, said: "A changeable pattern is most probable through the latter part of August and into early September.

"This is likely to bring a mixture of some dry, settled weather but also some spells of wetter, more unsettled conditions."

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