UK will miss out on a baking heatwave in May, say forecasters

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While Europe bakes in a heatwave this May, forecasters think that the UK will be cooler than normal.

The Weather company’s 3 month forecast indicates above average temperatures for Europe, except UK, France, Spain and Norway during May.

However, the UK could see hot temperatures climb during June before they dip again in July.

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Dr Todd Crawford, chief meteorologist at The Weather Company, said: “As we look ahead to summer, the ‘elephant in the room’ is the fact that nine of the last 10 summers have been characterised by North Atlantic blocking and low pressure across western Europe.

“This has resulted in cooler, wetter summers across northwestern Europe and hotter, drier summers across south-eastern Europe.

“Our theory is that the historically low Arctic sea ice levels are driving this pattern, which would argue for a similar summer again this year.

“However, many of the other models and indicators are suggesting a warmer, drier summer across northern Europe, with cooler, wetter conditions across the south.

“We have compromised between these two ideas in our summer forecast for now and will monitor conditions heading into our next update later this month.”

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