‘Extreme’ August ends with cooler conditions – and they’re set to continue into next month

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‘Extreme’ August ends with cooler conditions – and they’re set to continue into next month

Bank holiday temperatures will bring "unseasonably cool" conditions to the UK, marking the an end of an extreme month of weather which has included a heatwave and two named storms.

The chilly and cloudy spell is also in stark contrast to last year's late August Bank Holiday Monday – which was the hottest on record, when the mercury hit 33.2C (91.8F) at Heathrow.

And it comes just weeks after people flocked to the nation's beaches as temperatures reached 36.4C (97.5F) on what was the hottest August day for 17 years.

Image: People enjoy the beach at Tynemouth despite the unseasonably cooler temperatures
Surfers at the beach at Tynemouth as temperatures struggle to rise across the UK
Image: Surfers at the beach at Tynemouth

London and Cardiff are expected to reach around 18C (64F) on Monday afternoon, while Edinburgh could see temperatures struggle to hit 15C (59F). Belfast's may reach 17C (63F).

Alex Burkill, of the Met Office, said he is not expecting any records to be set with today's low temperatures.


"Monday daytime temperatures will struggle again, probably only just about getting into double figures in some places, but I'd be surprised if we broke any records," he said.

"It has been quite extreme at times, we've had some very hot weather and then the two storms (Francis and Ellen) towards the end of the month.

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"Even this bank holiday has been unseasonably cool. (The weather) has brought everything this month and that's not really going to be captured in the monthly averages.

"They're not going to show the extremes that we've had."

TOPSHOT - Beachgoers enjoy the sunshine as they sunbathe and play in the sea on Bournemouth beach in Bournemouth, southern England, on June 25, 2020. - Just days after lockdown ended and European travel restrictions were lifted, many were staying home in the cool as a heatwave hit the continent with temperatures touching 40 degrees Celcius. Britain was bracing for a flood of visitors to its beaches with the heatwave expected to last until Friday and temperatures set to climb into the mid-30s in the south and centre of the country. (Photo by Glyn KIRK / AFP) (Photo by GLYN KIRK/AFP via Getty Images)
Image: People flocked to the beaches, like this one at Bournemouth, during hot temperatures in the UK this summer….
Waves crash over a lighthouse in Newhaven. Beaches are not expected to be packed amid chilly conditions in the UK
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