‘Flaming June’ forecasts not from the Met Office

Several media outlets are reporting that we are likely to see a heatwave in June and in some cases throughout the summer.  Some of the headlines attribute the June forecast to the Met Office.

These forecasts were based on comments from other forecasting organisations, not the Met Office.  At no time has the Met Office said that the whole of June will be hot nor have we issued forecasts for Wimbledon and Glastonbury or a summer forecast.

This weekend (3-5 June) will be warm in many places at first, with top temps in the mid to high 20s. But we do expect it to cool down later and into next week.

The longer term 6-15 day forecast issued on the Met Office website on 1 June for the period up to the middle of June said:

The UK entering the new week rather unsettled with a cooler feel when compared to the first few days of June. Some sunny spells are expected, but also rain or showers, with rainfall most persistent and heaviest towards the north and west, giving slightly below average temperatures here. Meanwhile the southeast may become locally warm, with a risk of heavy or thundery showers, whilst the best of any dry weather more likely in the west. Later in the week, conditions look to remain unsettled, with showers perhaps turning heavy at times with a risk of thunder. It should remain rather cool for many, although again, perhaps warmer towards the southeast. Towards the end of the period, conditions continue rather unsettled with rain or showers, separated by drier and brighter interludes.

Met Office weather forecasts for the next five days, 6 to 15 days ahead and 16 to 30 days ahead are available on the Met Office website.

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