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Saharan plume set to bring 'hottest ever' Indian summer; Forecasters say a "Saharan plume" will sweep across the UK in September - with the Midlands being one of the sunniest and warmest spots.

Byline: James Rodger

The Midlands is set to bask in one of the hottest Indian summers for a century - but not before a few chilly days.

Forecasters say a "Saharan plume" will sweep across the UK in September - with the Midlands being one of the sunniest and warmest spots.

It may not feel like it now as temperatures drop and the weather turns more autumnal, the sunshine is on the way.

Next week will be cloudy and rainy as the remnants of Hurricane Dorian pass over.

But thanks to the Saharan heat plumes due next weekend, temperatures could hit 26C - that's warmer than Hawaii.

Forecasters believe the months up to November could be so warm that it will make 2019 one of the top three hottest years on record.

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The Weather Outlook forecaster, Brian Gaze, said: "Computer forecast models support the three-month period ahead being among the warmest on record.

"Indian summer-like settled and sunny weather is forecast to start in a week's time, lasting a week or more and seeing highs up to 26C.

"High pressure is expected to bring a southerly feed, with heat arriving from southern Europe and north Africa.

"The pattern of Saharan heat coming to the UK was a big feature of summer this year, and is expected to repeat again.

"The high pressure is to bring blue skies for many, with a few weeks of settled weather."

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The Met Office said the south and the Midlands would be sunniest.

Saharan heat sent the mercury soaring earlier this summer, with highs of 34C on June 29 at Northolt, north London, and 38.7C -- the hottest ever UK temperature -- on July 25, in Cambridge.

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Publication:Coventry Telegraph (Coventry, England)
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Date:Sep 9, 2019
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