40+C heat & wildfire continues for Iberia, UK eyes 5-straight 30C days, a 1st in June for 20 yrs!

The torturous heat remains across Iberia with central/southern Portugal and Spain holding in the 42-44C range.

Cordoba, Spain has hit 44.5C a few times since Friday including yesterday which comes within striking distance of city and national all-time record for June.

Alcácer do Sal in Portugal reached 44.9C yesterday.

Hot, dry and windy conditions have led to a devastating wildfire situation in central Portugal which has killed over 62 people.

Several places in central/southern Spain recorded their warmest June day and night.


As for the UK…

After a very warm to hot weekend, the new work week has started even hotter from the Midlands to Kent as well as Wales but slightly cooler over Scotland as a stalled frontal system begins to sink south.

The Northwest Highlands has been stuck beneath cool, dreary conditions all weekend.

Saturday saw the UK’s first 30C of the year and earliest since June 2006.

Saturday’s visible satellite showed the bank of cloud draped across NW, N Ireland and NW Scotland while southern Scotland and all of England and Wales enjoyed largely unbroken warm to hot sunshine.

Met Office

Check out Saturday’s contrast across Scotland as a result.

Sunday was warmer than Saturday from Midlands to Kent but once again it stayed cool in the Northwest Highlands. The UK hot spot Sunday was Hampton water works where the thermometer touched 32.1C.

Today saw the thermometer rise a touch further still, again in the south. For a second straight day, Hampton water works took the prize, surpassing yesterday 32.1 with 32.5C.

These were today’s highs and note the amount of 30s in comparison to the widespread mid 10s covering the west Highlands.

Fresher, clearer air over Scotland tonight means a much cooler one with even a chance of frost in some sheltered Highland glens. Quite amazing given how warm it’ll be in the south.

Met Office

Given the cooler night ahead and position of the cold front across the Midlands tomorrow, temperatures won’t be nearly as warm across Northern England as today but should remain equally as warm to the south of the front from Cardiff to London where another day between 28-32C is expected.

Credit: BBC Weather

Given the chance of another two 30+C days Tuesday and Wednesday, we may see the first 5-straight 30C days for June since 1976.

There’s a degree of uncertainty over Wednesday/Thursday with a approach of a pattern changing Atlantic system. This system shall bring a significant change to all by Friday/Saturday but during Wednesday, a warm front pushing into a highly unstable hot, humid atmosphere could trigger strong to severe weather. CAPE values go to extreme levels according to the models.


As for Thursday, as Southeast England is positioned within the system’s warm sector with warm front east and cold front west, a SE flow off a very warm continent which bring the warmest weather of all from Kent to Birmingham. As for further north, windy, showery conditions shall take hold.

Tropical Tidbits

The ARPEGE model indicates 35C Thursday along the shores of the River Severn/upper Bristol Channel. Hum


Incidentally the UK June record is 35.6C recorded back on June 28, 1976.


Watch this morning’s video.

FEATURED IMAGE CREDIT: Pat T-B‏ @Patpinkpanther

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