The Met Office warns the UK will bake in ‘Portuguese plume’ through until October

The Met Office  : The latest forecast predicts that although it will cool this week temperatures will soar and last for weeks to come

It is being forecast that the UK could bask in a ‘Portuguese plume’ of sweltering sunshine right through until October.

The sweltering summer of 2018 looks like it might not be over just yet.

The Met Office has warned Britain to prepare for an Indian summer that could break previous records and that comes after one of the hottest and driest periods this summer for some time, reports the Mirror.

Temperatures in parts of the country are due to soar as high as 33C tomorrow and Tuesday making the UK hotter than the Maldives.

It is thanks to a plume of hot air from the continent and continuing high pressure over most of Western Europe.

The same weather system brought record 46C heat to parts of Portugal and Spain over the weekend.

El Grenado in Spain recorded the highest temperature of 46.6C on Saturday afternoon.

It fell short of Europe’s hottest ever temperature of 48C, which was set in Athens, Greece, in August 1977.

Things are to cool down later this week – with thunderstorms predicted for parts of the south by Tuesday.

Some areas will a 10C drop in temperatures, with Carlisle struggling to reach 16C by Friday.

Met Office forecaster Steven Keates said: “It’s certainly been a true hot spell in Spain and Portugal.

“We’ll tap into some of that very hot air across the continent on Monday and Tuesday.

“But thunderstorms are a risk on Tuesday and into Wednesday in the South.

“There is the potential for travel disruption from torrential downpours, lightning, hail and gusty winds, with fresher temperatures following.”

Forecasters say it will only be a temporary blip and are predicting more hot weather in the latter part of August.

The Met Office says the UK is much more likely to see hotter than normal temperatures until October.

July’s average UK maximum temperature was 22.5C, hotter than the summer of 1976, which recorded an average of 21.6C.

Sun-seekers made the most of the weather by heading to British seaside resorts over the weekend.

More than 400,000 visitors flocked to Brighton, where the annual Pride festival was taking place.

A further 200,000 tourists travelled to Bournemouth and 175,000 in Great Yarmouth, Norfolk.

Our record-breaking summer has helped seaside resorts pocket bumper profits.

Bournemouth has already hit its annual income target for beachfront attractions four months early.

Hotels and restaurants in the UK’s top beach resort are enjoying as much as a 40% upturn in trade.

One hotelier said guests have even started to reserve sunbeds by getting up early to put their towels down like in Spanish hotels.

It is estimated that 100,000 people are currently visiting Bournemouth every weekend.

But not everyone is enjoying the hot weather, with Britain’s islanders facing a water crisis.

The heatwave has caused a water shortage headache for islands from the Isles of Scilly to the Outer Hebrides.

In the Isles of Scilly the council has urged people to reduce their water consumption and drawn up emergency plans for rationing.

It fears freshwater boreholes are so depleted that they face inundation by seawater, leaving them unusable for years.

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