Positive Weather Solutions, a forecasting outfit, have predicted that Britain is heading for a record-breaking scorching summer with temperatures set to soar. However, the predictions are meeting scorn and disbelief with the public following the Met Office’s promises last year of hot summer that turned into a pathetic washout of wind and rain. They then failed to warn us of the freezing winter that hit six months later, the coldest in 30 years. PWS, however, reckon they have accurately predicted the weather of the last two summers and therefore we could be in for some fun in the sun this time around.
PWS predicts that the average temperatures for June, July and August will exceed those of 1976, the UK’s hottest summer on record. June will start with fine weather, PWS claim, leading to mid-month rain but consistently warm temperatures. It will end with heavy rain. July will start off unsettled but become dry mid-month with hot temperatures and plentiful sunshine. The end of the month may see thunderstorms and flash floods. August is the month to watch out for, with supposedly unbroken sunshine and record temperatures. Apparently the predictions are informed by warm currents in the Pacific Ocean, which when mixed with the weather pattern of the Atlantic jet stream weather pattern and high pressure in the Azores, leads to extremely hot weather in the UK.
Paddy Power have various markets open regarding the weather of 2010. Odds are 10/1 that this year will be on average the hottest the UK has on record, with 8/1 that it will be the driest. The chances of the top UK temperature exceeding 38.5°C, the highest temperature recorded, are at odds of 4/1. We may even be in for the equivalent of a foreign holiday at home this year, with the UK’s odds of recording a higher summer temperature than anywhere in Spain at a possible 18/1. It could happen!