Summer roars back with temperatures due to soar towards 80F

Summer roars back with temperatures due to soar towards 80F thanks to Tropical Storm Gabrielle amid fears of new mosquito plague

  • UK is about to warm up with 79F (26C) highs following country’s seventh wettest summer on record
  • Spell of early autumn sunshine is on the way for Britain thanks to remnants of Tropical Storm Gabrielle
  • Storm will bring high pressure in its wake, leading to warm and settled conditions across the country
  • But unexpected shift to tropical humid weather could lead to an invasion of ‘aggressive’ mosquitoes

Britain is set for a September sizzle with temperatures hitting 79F (26C) thanks to an incoming tropical storm.

Following the UK’s seventh wettest summer on record, the country is about to warm up courtesy of the arrival of a spell of early autumn sunshine thanks to the remnants of Tropical Storm Gabrielle.

The storm originated in the warm South Atlantic and, travelling at only nine mph, it arced west of the Azores and turned towards the North Atlantic – rather than the Caribbean.

Gabrielle is now reduced to a heavy band of rain, which will cross Scotland tonight and into tomorrow morning. But in its wake, it will bring high pressure, leading to warm and settled conditions across the country.

Meanwhile, bite prevention experts revealed that the unexpected shift to tropical humid weather could lead to an invasion of potentially millions of ‘aggressive’ mosquitoes, bees, wasps and midges. 

Sunshine at Tynemouth in Tyne and Wear today as forecasters said temperatures could close in on 80F in the next week

Northern gannets on Bass Rock are silhouetted at dawn at North Berwick in East Lothian this morning

Storm clouds gather over the pier just off the North East coast at South Shields this morning

Northern gannets viewed from Tantallon Castle this morning on Bass Rock, which has the largest colony in the world

Temperatures will warm up tomorrow with 75F (24C) in the South East of England, before 77F (25C) on Sunday and even 79F (26C) on Monday. Even Scotland will feel the heat, with a high of 20C (68F) in Aberdeen this weekend.

Met Office forecaster Oli Claydon said: ‘We are not really into ‘Indian Summer’ territory just yet. That is a description more appropriate for October. 

‘But high pressure will build after ex-Tropical Storm Gabrielle moves through on Thursday. Gabrielle is now so degraded, it is just a bit of rain now. The highest temperatures will be in the South East.

‘But many parts of Scotland are in line for a spell of fairly decent weather, especially the east coast. By Friday, things could get a bit blustery the further north you go, but Saturday is looking like a really decent day.’

The top UK temperature yesterday was 71.4F (21.9C) at London Heathrow Airport while the low was 32.5F (0.3C) at Katesbridge in County Down, Northern Ireland.

On the mosquitos, bite prevention expert Howard Carter said: ‘This unexpected change in weather conditions could lead to potentially millions of aggressive, biting insects, including mosquitoes, bees, wasps and midges.’ 

Temperatures of up to 66F (19C) are expected during this evening’s rush hour (left) before hitting 75F (24C) tomorrow (right)

Temperatures are expected to reach 72F (22C) on Saturday (left) and 77F (25C) on Sunday (right)

Speaking to The Sun Online, he added: ‘Don’t pack away your insect repellent and sun cream just yet as insects will be biting and stinging us well into October, if not November as well. 

‘That’s not something we’re used to doing in this country at this time of year. And it’s especially important to be protected at the weekend, as everyone is likely to be outdoors enjoying the sun.’

Over the weekend, climate prediction experts told The Sunday Times that England will be hit by one of the coldest winters in 30 years at the start of 2020.

The scientists, from University College London, analysed sea temperatures and weather systems over the north Atlantic to make a long-range winter forecast.

They said freezing Arctic air will descend early next year as the Gulf stream sidesteps Britain, leaving the country without the warmer weather it normally brings from the Atlantic and Caribbean.

Professor Mark Saunders, who led the study, said: ‘This would rank the 2020, January-February central England temperature the coldest winter since 2013, and January-February 2020 as the seventh coldest winter in 30 years.’ 

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