A scorching summer could give way to an autumn of “above-average” temperatures, the Met Office has said.
The three-month outlook – covering August, September and October – shows “an increased chance of high-pressure patterns close to the UK”.
Sea surface temperatures at “near-record levels” following the hot weather also make above-average temperatures more likely, according to the long-range prediction system.
The report said: “This would result in more settled UK weather conditions overall.
“The likelihood of above-average temperatures is greater than normal, but while the chances of below-average temperatures are considerably smaller, they remain a realistic possibility.”
While a weather warning is not looking likely, thunder and hail storms could hit the UK on Friday, a Met Office spokeswoman said.
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“On Thursday we are looking at some heavy showers for the northern half of England. There’s some potential for thunder and hail,” she said.
“Also on Friday that becomes a little bit more widespread with a chance across much of the country.”
Temperatures are forecast to be in the high teens and early 20s towards the weekend.