Who needs foreign trips? Forecasters say the UK is likely to enjoy warmer than average temperatures this summer.
The Chief Meteorologist at the Met Office, Ewen McCallum, said: "After two disappointingly-wet summers, the signs are much more promising this year. We can expect times when temperatures will be above 30 °C, something we hardly saw at all last year."
He said prolonged spells of warm weather were likely. He warned that while there was a two in three chance the forecast would be right, that meant there was a one in three chance it would be wrong.
Although the forecast is for a drier and warmer summer than average that does not mean that we will not get some heavy downpours at times, say long-range forecasters. However, a repeat of the wet summers of 2007 and 2008 is unlikely.
They even say we can look forward to a 'barbecue summer'.
The Government Services Director, Rob Varley, stressed: "Our long-range forecasts are proving useful to a range of people, such as emergency planners and the water industry, in order to help them plan ahead. They are not forecasts which can be used to plan a summer holiday or inform an outdoor event."Reuse content