Original article from Kent Live
August could end with a sizzling heatwave which lasts through to September, an optimistic forecast has predicted.
It has been suggested that warmer conditions could arrive towards the end of summer.
Kent has been one of the many parts of the UK to have received cooler and wetter conditions than usual this month, and it has been predicted that this spell could continue for the next two weeks.
However, high pressure in the Atlantic is set to build over the UK towards the end of the month, as the Mirror reports.
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The MeteoGroup long-range forecast, published by the BBC, says: "This should give us a warmer, drier, and sunnier end of meteorological summer.
"Heading into September, the forecast confidence remains pretty low. We think low pressure will return, but the timing is proving tricky to pin down and we may see prolonged dry weather to start out the autumn."
Conditions are expected to remain unsettled for the coming week, as a low pressure system pushes into the UK from the west.
The forecast adds: "For northern areas, the low pressure centre will bring some bands of heavy rain, strong winds even up to gales on some Scottish coasts, and chances for heavy, thundery showers.
"Southern areas will tend to be breeze with a stalling cold front keeping it cloudier with patchy rain. Towards the end of the weekend clouds should begin to clear as the low heads east into Scandinavia."
Towards the end of the month the low pressure is likely to become 'less influential'.
In the meantime, high pressure looks set to build in the southwest which will bring cool winds and wet weather to eastern parts of the UK, but things could well change in the second half of the week.
The forecast says: "High pressure is expected to be more influential and shift overhead, bringing some increasingly dry, sunny, and warmer days.
"Temperatures will gradually climb a bit above average for most areas and as we approach late August we can expect some decidedly more summer-like weather for most.
"The timing of the arrival of the high is still a little bit uncertain, and our computer models have recently been in some major disagreements on the exact day.
"However, we are starting to see some encouraging signals for high pressure to arrive in the second half of the week, with cooler, wetter weather for the first half.
"There is a roughly 30 per cent chance of high pressure arriving a bit earlier, perhaps even as early the start of the working week. This would mean dry, sunny, and warm weather would be present throughout the entire week instead.
"Confidence is still medium overall due to the inconsistent signals for the timing of high pressure arriving, but we have high confidence that it will arrive eventually and be in place by the weekend."
The high pressure is expected to continue into September and bring summer-like weather "for a time".
"The high will be an extension of the sub-tropical high that lingers near the Azores through summer, so it will bring in some warmer air and sunnier skies.
"As it sits overhead for a few days, temperatures should quickly climb above average. This final week of August brings the best chances for a lengthy stay of high pressure and with it a slight risk of a heat wave.
"It's still a bit difficult to pin down the heat chances at the moment, largely due to the persistent inconsistencies in the computer models for this time frame."
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