UK weather forecast – August Bank Holiday getaway warning – as ‘record breaking’ heatwave increases your chance of a breakdown

BRITS are gearing up for a 33C heatwave which could smash Britain’s record for the hottest ever August Bank Holiday.

But as millions prepare to take to the road for short breaks to escape the heat, experts have warned the soaring temperatures could more breakdowns.

RAC spokesman Rod Dennis said: “With summer returning in time for the weekend for many of us, it’s going to mean millions of us take to the road for day trips and short breaks.

“Unfortunately, as the temperature rises so can the chances of a breakdown – so it’s important drivers check over their vehicle before setting out.

“Tyre pressure and tread, as well as oil and coolant levels, should all be looked at and doing so can really cut the chances of breaking down.

“Hungry, thirsty or tired passengers can also be recipes for in-car irritability – and ‘carguments’ – so pack enough food and water to keep your passengers happy, and plan in enough breaks along the way.”

The mercury could hit 33C which would smash the previous high set two years ago – by FIVE DEGREES.

Chief Met Office meteorologist Steve Willington said: “By Bank Holiday Monday itself temperatures will rise further with around 33 Celsius possible in the southeast – which would set a new record for the coming Bank Holiday weekend.”

The current highest temperature on record for the UK is 28.2˚C at Holbeach, Lincolnshire in 2017.

Tomorrow will stay windy in the northwest on Thursday, with outbreaks of rain in some areas.

Central and eastern areas will be mostly cloudy, with the best of the sunshine in the far south.

Weather forecasters and health experts have warned Brits to take care when the potentially dangerous temperatures peak.


The current August Bank Holiday record of 31.5C could be smashed when the mini-heatwave sweeps in.

A sunny long weekend will be welcomed by Brits bored with the cooler and damper weather we have seen for the past few weeks.

The Met Office forecast 26C by Friday and nudging 30C by Monday, with 31C predicted by The Weather Outlook.

The hottest August Bank Holiday Monday since the holiday day began in 1965 is 28.2C, on August 28, 2017, at Holbeach, Lincs.

The hottest overall August Bank Holiday weekend temperature on record is 31.5C, on August 25, 2001, at Heathrow, Met Office records show.

This blast of hotter air follows June and July roasts which saw 34C on June 29, at Northolt, north London, and the 38.7C hottest day since records began 178 years ago in 1841, on July 25, in Cambridge.

Met Office forecaster Grahame Madge said: “The August Bank Holiday record is 28.2C and that will easily be challenged. Above the high 20s is quite possible in the odd spot. The high 20s are forecast reasonably widely.

“There is also a low chance of beating the overall August Bank Holiday weekend record of 31.5C.

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“The fine Bank Holiday weekend will provide a good opportunity for people to be outside after a very wet August.

“It will turn progressively warmer through the week, with 26C by Friday and temperatures climbing as a ridge of high pressure from the Azores influences all parts of the UK.”

Temperatures are forecast to build until Sunday, meteorologist Emma Smith said.

Showers will continue in northern areas of the UK until Friday, with isolated outbreaks of rain also expected in some southern areas before high pressure moves in, bringing warmer and drier weather.

Central and southern England are expected to see the warmest weather of the bank holiday, while temperatures across northern areas of the UK will be lower, with conditions likely to be more changeable.

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