New forecast shows Milton Keynes heatwave set to continue well into July

    A new long range forecast from the Met Office has shown that high pressure will continue to bring hot, dry and sunny weather to Milton Keynes as we head into July.

    Milton Keynes has been baking in sunshine for a number of weeks now, with temperatures commonly staying well above 25 degrees every day.

    And now it seems our city is set to continue to see highs of between 24 and 27 degrees each day until at least next weekend.

    For the rest of July, the most likely scenario from the Met Office is that the fine weather will predominate across Milton Keynes, with mostly dry, sunny and warm conditions.

    Temperatures overall are likely to be above average during the second half of July, with some further very warm spells possible.

    Chief Meteorologist at the Met Office, Will Lang, said: “The heatwave conditions will continue to affect pretty much all parts of the UK over the next few days. Although peak temperatures may not be quite as high as we have seen this week, we will still see temperatures widely in the mid to high 20’s °C with 30 °C or more still possible across southern and some central parts of England.”

    The sun is at its strongest at this time of year and UV levels are currently either high or very high in Milton Keynes, so people are being advised to take care when outside enjoying the weather.  

    Dr Thomas Waite of Public Health England said: “We know that when weather like this hits many people will head outdoors and make the most of the sunshine – but for others high temperatures, over more than a day or two, can be really uncomfortable and pose a significant risk to health. This is because their bodies may struggle to adapt to working harder, as all our bodies do when the weather gets this hot, and they can become ill."

    "It’s vitally important that we keep an eye on friends, family and neighbours who may be at risk. For others the best thing to do is avoid the sun during the hottest parts of the day, carry water with you when travelling and if going out to large events, and we know lots of people will be watching football this week: think what you can do stay cool. It’s also worth remembering to think about keeping homes cool, as this can aid sleeping at night and give the body time to recover from the heat of the day."

    And we're also being warned by officials about the risk of forest fires due to the continuing hot and dry weather.

    Forestry Commission Spokesperson, Stuart Burgess, said: “Every year, fire destroys thousands of hectares of countryside. They are a threat to people, wildlife, forests, woodlands and trees.  Although some fires are started deliberately, most of them are due to carelessness.  Thankfully major forest fires are rare and we remind everyone to take care all the time, not only during dry spells.”

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