UK weather: Three month Indian summer will make autumn hotter than summer in 'once every 60 years event'

 

Forecasters say summer weather has been shifted from August to September with temperatures hitting a sweltering 32C

 

 

A three month Indian summer is heading our way this autumn with temperatures hitting a sweltering 32C.

It's good news for those with holiday blues with forecasters suggesting we'll be able to catch a tan well into November.

Britain's seasons will flip after a cool August, with the Met Office forecasting a hotter-than-normal three months ahead.

Government weathermen favour a hot September and autumn, forecasting an “increased chance of warmer-than-average temperatures” through their three-month September to November forecast period.

The upbeat forecast brings the prospect of September - the first month of autumn – being hotter than August, the last month of summer.

September’s UK average temperature is projected to be hotter than August’s, The Weather Outlook said.

The “freak” weather phenomenon has only happened once in the past 60 years, Met Office records dating back to 1957 show.

Forecasters said summer weather has been “shifted” from August to September this year, with decent dry periods and hot bursts due from next week – after soggy low pressure spoiled August.

The August just finished averaged 14.6C, 0.3C below normal. Last September was just as warm, at 14.6C. Septembers had averaged 12.7C previously.

The only time in the past 60 years that September had a hotter UK average temperature than August was in 2006, at the end of Britain’s hottest summer on record, Met Office records showed.

Britain could see 32C highs this month. Last year saw 34.4C on the hottest September day for a century.

Previous Septembers saw 2013 hit 30.2C, 2012 reach 29.3C and 2011 see 29.2C.

Up to 32C this September was also forecast by The Weather Outlook.

September began with sunshine 22C at the weekend.

The Met Office forecast warm spells through September for the South-East, with other parts also set to share in the warmth from mid-month.

But there will be more unsettled September periods too – mostly for the North and West.

Weathermen said the warm autumn will be due to hot air from Europe, high pressure in September and balmy air from the Atlantic later in the season.

The Met Office long-range forecast is being briefed to the Cabinet Office, councils, transport bosses and businesses.

The Met Office three-month forecast said: “For September and September-November, above-average temperatures are more probable than below-average.

“Increased chances of warmer-than-average temperatures are expected throughout the period, as a result of warmth associated with present high global temperatures.

“The Met Office seasonal prediction system, along with systems from other centres around the world, shows a slight increase in the likelihood of lower-than-average pressure near the UK, expected to increase the likelihood of above-average temperatures later in the season.”

A Met Office forecaster said: “From September 7-16, temperatures will perhaps become warm at times.

“From September 17 to October 1, we may see short warmer spells, especially in the South-East. There is a chance of more settled conditions towards the end of the period.”

The Weather Outlook forecaster Brian Gaze said: “It would be a freak occurrence - but September could well have a hotter UK average temperature than August this year, with forecast models showing much warmer than average temperatures for the UK for September.

“And highs up to 32C would not be a surprise this month. Europe’s warmth is likely to reach Britain.

“Summer is being shifted from August to September this year.”

 

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