Monday, May 16, 2011

Two-week heatwave on its way as forecasters predict hottest May in 350 years - 16th May 2011

A two-week heatwave is on its way to the UK as a result of warm weather sweeping in from Europe, say forecasters.

If temperatures continue to stay high then experts believe records will show May to have been the hottest on record since records began 353 years ago.

Although cooler conditions are predicted for this week, by Saturday forecasters believe temperatures will rise and 29C will be the average for the next two weeks.

But while many people will be celebrating the continuous dry weather there are fears over the impact it is having on agriculture and environment.

Environment Secretary Caroline Spelman has called for an emergency drought summit due to take place today.

So far, May has been 2.6C warmer than average with central England recording 13C - already ranking May inside the top six per cent of hottest months since records began in 1659.

Ms Spelman will meet with members of the water industry body Water UK, the National Farmers' Union, the Environment Agency and Natural England.

Jonathan Powell, forecaster for Positive Weather Solutions, said: 'This is an astonishing year so far and may well continue to turn up more surprises. May is outperforming expectations, as did March and April. Read More