People enjoy the warm weather on West Kirby beach in Merseyside, earlier this month – and the heat could return (Image: REUTERS)
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Hot summer weather could return to Britain next month with reports of an African plume heading towards the country.
The UK experienced high temperatures, with the mercury rising above 30C last week before the weather turned cooler, with thunderstorms and flooding at the weekend.
The Met Office also issued its first-ever extreme heat warning as Brits flocked to parks and beaches during last week's heatwave.
Forecasters predict dry and warm conditions next month, with temperatures above average for this time of the year.
The first half of August will see changeable weather, with a mixture of sunny spells and showers.
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The second half of the month will be dominated by high pressure, with more settled, drier and warmer conditions, experts say.
The Met Office said: "There would still be a risk of showers or thunderstorms at times.
"Temperatures are most likely to be above average."
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Meteorologist Stephen Dixon said: "It's too early to say if we will have another heatwave in August, but by mid-August there are signals of high pressure bringing drier and warmer air.
"Temperatures will be above average, but the average temperatures for England in August is 21C so still too early to know if it will become a heatwave."
AccuWeather forecaster Alyssa Smithmyer said hot air from Africa could send temperatures rising once again in August.
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She told the Express : "As we move forward through the remainder of July, temperatures are anticipated to shift closer to normal for this time of the year.
"During the first week of August, temperatures are expected to likely do the same and return to near normal, with a few slightly warmer days possible later in the week as the jet stream influence transports some warmer air from Africa."
The Met Office issued two yellow weather warnings for thunderstorms today, covering North Wales, the Midlands, northern England and Scotland.
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Thunderstorms and heavy rain could lead to "flooding and transport disruption", forecasters have warned.
The warning in Scotland is in force from midday to midnight, while the one in England and Wales begins at 9am today and ends at 6am tomorrow.
There are also two separate rain warnings in force in Scotland from midnight to 6am tomorrow and on Thursday.
There's more wet weather to come this week
The Met Office said: "Heavy showers and thunderstorms are expected to develop during Tuesday across much of Wales, northern and central England.
"These will last well into the night across north Wales and north-west England in particular where they could be prolonged in places."
Experts said that as much as 30 mm of rain could fall in as little as one hour and that some places could see 60 mm in a few hours.
UK 5 day weather forecast Today
Cloud and showery rain focused in the south and west at first. Cloud breaking to allow some sunnier gaps but further heavy downpours affecting some places by afternoon, the focus moving north and east. Reasonably warm in the east.
Showers continuing in places, especially in the north and towards western coasts. Showers probably merging into some longer spells of rain across parts of northern UK.
Rain, heavy and persistent in places continuing across parts of Scotland. Elsewhere sunshine and showers, these heavy with possible thunder in some central areas. Cooler for most. Breezy in south.
Outlook for Thursday to Saturday
Sunny spells and showers for many. Showers heavy at times, with hail and thunder possible. A spell of rain, perhaps heavy, likely to affect the far south for a time.