Experts at the Met Office have responded, after claims were made that the UK could see a rare Indian Summer at the end of the month.
Recent weather forecasts have predicted unreasonably warm climates for a good part of the country over the course of the next two weeks – with talks of an incoming North African ‘plume’ boosting temperatures to 23C.
And The Mirror reports that some meteorologists anticipate that the mild spell could last until Halloween (October 31), with the south enjoying the heat more than the north.
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Netweather forecaster Nick Finnis said: “Some computer models show 22C or 23C by midweek, bringing an Indian Summer.”
Responding to the claims, Met Office weather forecaster Becky Mitchell believes we are unlikely to experience a ‘typical Indian summer’ – but will still likely see the mercury nudging 4C higher than would normally be expected for this time of year.
Speaking to The Sun Online, she said: “The warmer air we are expecting in the middle of this week will originate from northern Africa. Temperatures will bit a little above average across the UK this week, with highs of 17-18C each day in the south.
“We can expect to see temperatures reach around 21C in the south on Thursday as a southerly wind draws up warm air from France.”
A warm spell for the run-up to Halloween would come at the end of a generally warm October, with Met Office figures for central England showing average temperatures this month 15C higher than usual so far. It would also help propel 2022 into the meteorological history books following a record-breaking summer which saw the UK hit 40C for the first time ever.
Dr Mark McCarthy of the Met Office’s National Climate Information Centre said: “It was the warmest year so far up to the end of September, with each month since January being warmer than average. 2022 is on track to be one of the warmest years on record if warmer-than-average conditions persist.”