Wednesday was the hottest day of the year thus far in London and many surrounding areas. Temperatures even topped 32 C (90F) in some locations.
The stretch of 30-degree days marked the longest in seven years, but could be broken on Saturday as a strong northeast flow will result in the coolest day in over a week.
Even though the heat is taking a step back on Saturday, temperatures will still remain well above normal across all of the United Kingdom.
Scientists from the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine released a report on Thursday estimating that as many as 650 people may have died prematurely as a result of the recent heat wave.
The high pressure responsible for this recent stretch of abnormal heat will shift north Sunday into next week. This will allow the heat to build as temperatures could once again approach the highest levels of the year.
This recent heat wave has also caused transportation problems across parts of the United Kingdom as some roadway surfaces have melted, resulting in road closures. Also, several rail tracks have warped and buckled leading to delays.
The only chance for relief will be a weak storm system that will approach from the south Sunday into Tuesday. Unfortunately, the best chance of rainfall will remain to the south across France, but enough moisture could steam northward to cause a shower or thunderstorm in a couple of spots.
Otherwise, the stretch of impressive heat will go on until at least next Friday when a storm system will attempt to approach from the Atlantic Ocean.
Not only could this storm system bring an end to heat wave, but it could also bring much-needed rainfall. Much of the United Kingdom has received less than 25 percent of the normal rainfall for the month of July.
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