Britain could be set for its hottest heatwave in nearly a decade.
The Met Office has released its three-month forecast for June to August with meteorologists expecting the UK to enjoy hotter than normal temperatures and below average rainfall.
It is now briefing the Government, councils, emergency services and transport chiefs on its predictions so contingency plans can be put in place.
The Met Office said: "For June to August, above-average temperatures are more probable than below-average, although uncertainty is large.
"The probability temperatures will fall into the into warmest category is around 20%. The coldest category is 1%.
"Below-average seasonal rainfall is more probable than above-average for June to August, although uncertainty is large."
The meteorological summer started this week, on Monday (June 1). The Met Office says a much hotter than normal summer is classified as a UK average temperature over 15.05C.
A temperature over 2013’s 15.17C would make this the hottest summer since 2006's 15.78C, the hottest summer since records began a century ago in 1910.
Even a temperature over 2014's 14.83C would make this the second hottest summer since 2006.
July 2006 was the warmest on record over much of the UK with the heatwave placing a strain on emergency services, transport infrastructure and utilities.
On July 19 that year, a high of 36.5C was recorded at Wisley, in Surrey.
Experts are forecasting hotter temperatures and lower rainfall this summer due to cool north Atlantic ocean temperatures boosting high pressure, which brings summer sunshine.
The Met Office added: "Cooler sea temperatures south of Greenland are thought to increase the probability of above-average pressure over northern Europe - associated with above-average temperatures - and increase the probability of below-average rainfall.
"Computer model have a slight preference for higher-than-average pressure across northern Europe, lending support to the increased likelihood of above-average temperatures. Higher pressure is often associated with drier-than-average conditions."
Originally published on Mirror Online.