UK To be Hotter Than Hawaii

BRITAIN will be hotter than Hawaii this week as summer makes a belated comeback.

Forecasters say temperatures could hit nearly 83F (28C) – and the unseasonably balmy weather is set to last well into October.

The Indian summer is expected after a weather system which usually bakes Greek and Turkish beaches was pushed thousands of miles north-west by high pressure.

Forecasters say temperatures will climb through the week, rising to 82.4F by the weekend in the South and up to 79F in the North.

The weather system will push UK temperatures higher than on the island of Kauai, in Hawaii, where they will reach just 80.6F this week.

The thermometer is also expected to beat Athens, Rome and Madrid, where temperatures are predicted to peak at 80F.

Steven Keates, of the Met Office, said: “Temperatures will be up to 80.6F, and 82.4F can’t be ruled out.”

The unusual weather could bring the hottest October temperatures for 25 years in some parts of Britain.

While there will be a gradual return to unsettled, showery conditions in the North and West after the weekend, warm weather could continue in the East and South-east for 15 days.

Jonathan Powell, senior forecaster at Positive Weather Solutions, said: “High pressure will deliver a glorious week across the UK to see September out but to the South-east it is expected to stay in charge until possibly the second week of October.

“Temperatures at this time of year should really be 59F to 63F at best, so these values are way above the average for the time of year.

“If this high had been positioned over the UK during late July and August, it is quite feasible that record temperatures could have been achieved.” The hottest October ­temperature on record is 84.9F at March, Cambs, on October 1, 1985.

The Met office said the week could start out slightly cloudy, with even some light rain and drizzle but it would continue to improve until the weekend.

Met Office forecaster Chris Almond said: “For central and eastern parts, next week will be very warm.

“Towards the second half of the week it will be clear and sunny, with temperatures in the low to mid 20Cs. It is definitely about 5C warmer than you would expect.”

After suffering the coldest July and August since 1993, crowds began to flock to parks and beaches this weekend to enjoy the Indian Summer.

Children licked at ice creams and played in the sea in East Anglia, while barbecues were dusted off across the country.

The weather has also had a ­dramatic effect on this year’s harvest of autumn produce, which has arrived a month ­early in some places.

Dorset farmers are worried their pumpkins may be long gone by ­Halloween after unusual weather ­produced a bumper crop a good four weeks early.

The weather will be welcomed ­following a disappointing summer and gales that thrashed the country earlier this month, brought by the remnants of Hurricane Katia.

But the Indian Summer will be the last chance to enjoy the garden this year. Forecasters have predicted that ­Britain is in for a particularly cold winter this year.

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