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UK: Cooler weekend to follow longest June heat wave in more than 40 years

By Eric Leister, AccuWeather senior meteorologist
June 25, 2017, 10:39:51 AM EDT

Cooler air will continue to pour across the United Kingdom this weekend, providing relief from the longest June heat wave in more than 40 years.

High temperatures this weekend will range from 13-17 C (55-62 F) in Scotland and Northern Ireland, 16-18 C (60-65 F) in northern England and Wales and 18-23 C (65-73 F) in the Midlands and southern England.

Whilst such temperatures are near to below normal, this weekend will feel dramatically cooler following the recent heat wave. That is especially true across Wales and England.

Temperatures surpassed 30 C (86 F) in parts of England and Wales each day from Saturday through Wednesday, resulting in the longest heat wave in June since 1976, according to the Met Office.

London also endured its hottest June day since that year as temperatures soared to 34.5 C (94.1 F) on Wednesday.

On the same day, temperatures soared to 31 C (88 F) at Glastonbury, reportedly making it the hottest day of the festival's history. Paramedics have treated dozens of festival-goers for heat-related ailments.

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The cooler air this weekend will be welcome by many attending the Glastonbury Festival.

A moderate breeze will create slightly lower AccuWeather RealFeel® Temperatures.

"A bypassing depression will kick up gusts of 45-50 mph (72-80 km/h) across coastal and exposed areas of northern Scotland this weekend," AccuWeather Senior Meteorologist Kristina Pydynowski said.

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Rainy spells will also stream into northern and western Scotland this weekend, spoiling outdoor plans.

Odd showers will lightly dampen the rest of Scotland, Northern Ireland, Wales and western England this weekend.

"Whilst the weekend will not be a washout, those heading to Glastonbury will want to pack their wellies for the occasional passing shower," Pydynowski said.

Looking ahead to next week, a turn to more unsettled weather with bouts of rain will prevent another heat wave from unfolding.

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