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Heatwave is forecast...but don't hold your breath

By South Wales Evening Post  |  Posted: May 06, 2014

A penguin is given a cooling off during a previous spell of hot weather. But is another heatwave on the way?

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SO we survived the ‘horror winter’, now it’s time to ready ourselves for the heatwave.

At least that’s according to a report in the Mirror which suggests we could soon be bathing in 82F temperatures.

But don’t rush out and strip the supermarket shelves clean of sun screen just yet - it’s just an opinion.

The opinion of Exacta Weather to be precise, which predicts the heatwave could last for around two weeks after the forthcoming May bank holiday.

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James Madden of Exacta told the Mirror: "It's going to get particularly warm from the middle of the month.

"The temperature could climb into the mid and high 20s in southern England and it will be above average for the rest of the country.

"Within the next ten days we should begin to see lots of sunshine and pleasant weather and that is set to continue until the start of June.

"This is going to be the first big heatwave of the year.

"Temperatures could get up to 28C (82.4F) which will give the second half of May a Mediterranean feel.

"It's being caused by a build up of high pressure from Spain and should stick around for at least two weeks.”

But some long-range weather forecasters also predicted, last year, we would be waist deep in snow at times during a ‘horror winter’, the worst of modern times.

What happened instead was that some of us were waist deep in water, with torrential rain, strong winds and exceptionally high tides battering the Welsh coastline.

As far as the Met Office is concerned, there is nothing exceptional on the horizon, so far, for the end of May.

Its forecast for day 16-30 from now, says: “In the absence of any strong signals for any particular weather type to dominate during this period, the most likely scenario is for conditions to be fairly typical for the time of year.

“As such, there are likely to be periods of fine and dry weather interspersed with occasional more unsettled spells with rain or showers.

“By day, temperatures are most likely to be near, or just above, average which at this time of year would leave conditions feeling warm in the sunshine when winds are light.”

In other words - typical british weather.

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