A HEATWAVE expected to last longer than the record-breaking July heat spell, with highs of up to 35C expected, meteorologists have revealed.
Temperatures will remain below last month’s 43C in the coming days, but the warmth will persist for an “extended period of time”, the Met Office said.
Meteorologist Tom Morgan said: “There will be plenty of sunshine for much of the UK and temperatures are rising by the day.
“It looks like an extended dry spell and that is obviously bad news for the south of England where some rain would really come in handy now.
“In terms of temperatures we are seeing a rise from 28C or 29C on Monday to a low to mid 30C from Thursday, so a fairly widespread heatwave is developing across the UK this week.
“The peak of temperatures will likely occur on Friday or Saturday.
“Not everyone will see those sunny conditions initially but towards the end of the week even Scotland and Northern Ireland will join the rest of the UK in generally having nice, sunny and very warm if not hot conditions.”
It comes as the environment secretary urged more water companies to impose hose bans during an unusually dry August.
George Eustice said some firms were “rightly” taking steps to mitigate the effects of the prolonged dry weather and he encouraged others to follow suit.
His comments, the first public intervention by ministers, signal possible restrictions on watering gardens, washing cars or filling pools with hoses for millions more people across southern England in the coming days.
Southern Water has already imposed a hose ban on customers in Hampshire and the Isle of Wight, followed exactly a week later for South East Water customers in Kent and Sussex.
Welsh Water also announced a ban for Pembrokeshire and Carmarthenshire later this month.
Meteorologist Morgan added: “The heatwave we saw in late July was relatively short-lived, with exceptionally high, record-breaking temperatures.
“We’re fairly confident that temperatures won’t be as high as July, but the difference is that this will be a fairly long period of temperatures in the low 30s, so it will still be very notable.
“The heatwave criteria are likely to be met in many parts of the UK and there will no doubt be some adverse effects from heatwave exhaustion, dehydration etc related issues during this time.”
The Met Office has urged people to take precautions to avoid overheating, including closing curtains and windows during the day and avoiding the midday sun.
People have also been urged not to host barbecues in tinder-dry conditions after 15 homes were evacuated following a garden fire that spread out of control in Essex.
Firefighters said around 40 people were forced to flee their properties as a result of a fire that damaged more than a dozen homes on Saturday.
They also warned against setting off firecrackers or sky lanterns, which could start a “widespread” blaze in parched areas.
https://www.theargus.co.uk/news/20607217.heatwave-expected-sussex-highs-35c-prolonged-dryness/?ref=rss A heatwave is expected in Sussex, with highs of 35C and a ‘persistent’ drought