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Event Details

Heatwave event report

Category: Heatwave
Observation: 05.07.2010
Continent: Europe
Country: United Kingdom
Area: Statewide
Severity: Moderate
Event details
Britan’s heatwave is set to continue with scorching temp-eratures forecast for the rest of July and August. After a bright end to May and a dry June, July has wobbled on the weather front. But experts have now predicted a summer that will last for the next seven to eight weeks. Temperatures could hover around 27C (80F) in the south and 24C (75F) in the north. And it is expected to be so hot, independent forecasters Positive Weather Solutions warn of a widespread drought. A spokesman said: “The south-east and east of the country will see the best of the weather, where through the latter part of July and August, it will be glorious. “But there will be significant drought issues during August, with a very dry month in prospect.” The Wimbledon tennis tournament was uninterrupted by rain for the first time since 1955. It is only the fifth time since 1922 that no play was lost to the weather. Spectators at Centre Court have basked in a heatwave over the fortnight, with temperatures reaching 29C (84F). Chris Tubbs, one of the Met Office’s on-site forecasters for the championships, said: “We’ve had high pressure for much of the two weeks. “For the first week we weren’t alone, as much of the country had good weather. “The second week has been unsettled across the British Isles, but the south-east has clung on to this fine weather. “There has been some rain this week but when it’s fallen it’s been overnight or in the morning.” A Wimbledon spokesman said: “It’s very special for the players and spectators to have a year without rain.” Bookies William Hill said it had been “hammered” after offering odds of 8-1 for a completely dry fortnight. The firm’s spokesman Rupert Adams said: “We have taken a bath on this one. Oh how we have missed the Borg vs McEnroe replays.”
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