UK weather: Is a hot spell on the way? Here

Forecasters have given their verdict on whether the UK is set for a hot spell – revealing there’s no sign that prolonged sunshine is on the way.

Much of the UK will see more cooler weather in the coming days, with forecasters expecting “calmer conditions” on Tuesday ahead of a damp and blustery day on Wednesday.

Sky News weather producer Chris England said: “It’s looking to stay rather cool and unsettled, with a particularly wet and windy spell on Wednesday, which may trigger some Met Office yellow wind and rain warnings.

“There’ll be some drier days of course, but there’s no real indication of any prolonged dry and sunny spells.”

The Met Office said southern coastal areas could see gales on Wednesday as the jet stream – the fast-flowing ribbon of air high in the atmosphere – drives more low pressure towards the UK.

More persistent rain will combine with the windy conditions on Wednesday, while sunshine and showers are expected on Thursday and Friday.

Uncertainty about the position of the jet stream later this week means it is still not clear which areas can expect less windy and unsettled weather.

The cooler UK conditions comes as much of southern Europe has endured a heatwave which will still see temperatures reach 36C (96.8F) in Spain and Greece this week.

Mr England added: “As for the Mediterranean, it’s mostly hot and dry, but most places have temperatures around the average for the time of year.”

July is set to become the hottest month on record, with the extreme heat also hitting parts of the US, Canada, France and Italy.

Temperatures in China soared to as high as 52.2C (125.96F), breaking the national record.

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