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2017 UK summer forecast: Prolonged heat to once again dodge Britain

By Jillian MacMath, AccuWeather staff writer
May 12,2017, 7:37:06AM,EDT
Those hoping for blazing summertime heat may want to book a flight out of Britain, as prolonged periods of temperatures over 30 C are not in the forecast.
For the second summer in a row, a lack of intense heat is expected with temperatures likely to end up seasonal across most of the British Isles.
Forecasters predict fewer than five days with temperatures that reach 32 C (90 F), according to AccuWeather Meteorologist Tyler Roys.
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“And this is mainly for Southern England,” he said.
“As you go farther north, the chance of reaching 32 C goes down to zero around Manchester.”
Though prolonged heat is not in the forecast, dry weather is predicted across southern Wales, the Midlands and Southern England.
Paired with the occasional hot day, this will allow for a handful of decent beach days along the south coast, including in Cornwall and Devon.
However, the dry weather isn’t all good news.
“It is very possible for drought conditions to develop across this region by the summer’s end if very little precipitation accumulates,” Roys said.
In turn, this could put crops in danger leading to another bout of shortages. Those most likely to be affected include barley, rapeseed, rye and wheat along with household gardens and fruit tree crops.
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Elsewhere in the U.K., spells of rain will become more common following a particularly dry autumn, winter and spring.
“As storm systems bypass the United Kingdom to the north, we do expect Scotland to be the wettest region of the United Kingdom this summer,” Roys said.
Many locations across Scotland and northern England have only received around 50 percent of their normal amount of precipitation.
“You will need a very rainy period to make a dent in the deficit already in place. It could be autumn before they get rid of it,” Roys said.

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