Summer resources for journalists
Author: Press Office
11:08 (UTC+1) on Wed 21 Jun 2023
A handy selection of resources for journalists covering the summer weather in the UK.
Summer is the warmest season in the UK and on average, July is the warmest month and June is the sunniest while the rainfall totals throughout the UK in summer can be rather variable. The highest temperatures in summer tend to be seen around London and the southeast, with the coolest temperatures experienced throughout Scotland and Northern England.
The UK in summer can experience blocking anticyclones which can bring long spells of warm weather and create heatwave conditions.
The summer heatwave of 2022 was unprecedented and marked a milestone in UK climate history with 40°C being recorded for the first time in the UK and new national records set in Wales, Scotland and England.
What is a heatwave?
A heatwave is an extended period of hot weather relative to the expected conditions of the area at that time of year, which may be accompanied by high humidity. Find out more about how we define a heatwave.
Adverse Weather-Health Alerting system
The UK Health Security Agency (UKHSA) Adverse Weather Alerting service for England is run in partnership with the Met Office. Heat-Health Alerts are part of the Weather-Health Alerting system, and are mainly aimed at health professionals and those with long-term health conditions such as heart conditions.
Extreme heat warnings
Our extreme heat warnings are impact-based, designed to highlight the potential impacts of extreme heat to lives, infrastructure and property.
You can subscribe to get email alerts of Weather Warnings and press releases. Find instructions in our email alert service guide.
For the latest information on developing weather events, as well as the latest observations of notable weather, the Met Office Twitter account will post the information first.
Summer seasonal advice
Working with our partners we have produced information and advice to help people prepare for the summer weather:
- 4 tips for staying safe in extreme heat
- Tips for keeping cool in hot weather
- Hot weather and its impacts
- 5 tips for staying safe in a thunderstorm
- Stay safe in thunder and lightning
- What to do in a power cut