Highs of 33C were reached this week, and Thursday was the hottest day of the year so far, reaching 33.4C at Heathrow. However, three days of heat have brought thunderstorms across the UK, plunging temperatures by 10C in some areas. Met Office rain warnings are in place across Sunday and Monday, and cooler temperatures have arrived.
The increased rain has triggered flooding alerts, with two warnings in place across the Midlands.
Up to 4.7 inches of rain could fall in some areas according to the Met Office yellow weather warnings.
Flooding is possible at the Loughborough Urban Watercourses and tributaries of the River Trent in Nottinghamshire.
But according to weather maps and long-range forecasts, the hot weather is due to return – just in time for the pubs to reopen across England.
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Temperature maps from Netweather turning red and showing highs of 26C in the second week of July.
Maps from WXCharts also show temperatures rising from Saturday, July 4 onwards – turning red with the increasing heat.
With pubs allowed to open in England from July 4, the hot weather will arrive just in time.
Customers will be allowed to sit and enjoy a pint from July 4, provided venues can adhere to the Government’s safety guidelines.
For the period from Thursday, July 2 to Saturday, July 11 the Met Office forecasts: “An unsettled start to the period, with showers or longer spells of rain, heaviest and most frequent for some western areas.”
“There may be a very windy, wet spell for many late next week.”
Despite temperatures varying “around average for the time of year” there will be “some drier and sunny interludes.”
The forecasters also state: “Changeable weather will probably continue through the first weekend of July although the rain may become more confined to the west and northwest.
“The best of any drier, brighter weather more likely across the south and east of the UK.”
However, it is the second week of July which will see improvement, with “signs that the weather may become drier, more settled and warmer again.”
This will be “particularly for southern and many central parts.”
Forecasts from Met Check also show hot weather in July, as despite “a mixed start to the month” the middle of the month will see “high pressure starting to become more dominant”.
This means conditions will turn “warm across many parts of Central and Southern areas with hot weather possible for parts of England.”
These areas of high pressure are forecast to push away any low pressure, bringing highs once more.
BBC forecasters explained: “What that means for the weather is that fronts will become weaker and slower-moving, and there is a greater risk for some very warm or hot southerly winds, similar to what we will see in late June.
“So, by the third full week of July we should expect a return of drier, sunnier, but hotter weather for most of the country while the western and northern fringes of Scotland cling on to some wetter weather.”