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Met Office gives verdict on 'late dose of summer' heatwave

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The UK could see one last attempt at a hot summer this week as temperatures are set to reach 32°C.

Oxfordshire, Gloucestershire and the Bristol Channel will be the hottest areas on Tuesday as they’re forecasted to see highs of 30°C.

Berkshire and the midlands could see temperatures of 32°C on Wednesday.

Southern England and Wales could reach 29°C and 28°C respectively on Monday.

Average temperatures in Scotland and Northern Ireland are expected to remain slightly cooler at 25°C and 23°C respectively, the Independent reports.

These highs could break the record for the hottest day of 2023. The record of 32.2°C was set in Coningsby in Lincolnshire on June 25, matching an earlier record set on June 10 in Chertsey in Surrey.

Met Office meteorologist Jonathan Vautrey described the predictions as a ‘late dose of summer’, but added ‘not everyone might be able to make the most of it with school activities’ as pupils return to classrooms this week.

Mr Vautrey also warned of the health risks of hot weather to the vulnerable, stressing that the temperatures will be 10°C above the average for September.

He urged people to stay hydrated and use sunscreen, with UV levels being moderate to high.

‘It does bring health risks to people who are vulnerable,’ he added.

The September sunshine marks a welcome break from a disappointing few months, as July marked the UK’s sixth wettest on record and the wettest in Northern Ireland’s history. The UK averaged 140.1mm of rain across the month.

Areas in England also set new rainfall records, including Greater Manchester, Lancashire and Merseyside, which all experienced their wettest July since records began in 1836.

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