An update from the Met Office has crushed hopes over the potential of a heatwave early in August.
It now looks any prolonged sunshine will be delayed.
Previously the long-term forecast had predicted “warmer and drier-than-average conditions” returning to much of the UK during early August.
The national weather service had originally said we could see warmer conditions from August 2 to August 16.
But now it looks more likely that any long spells of sunshine will come later in the month.
The Met Office says mixed conditions will likely remain for a few more days from August 6, with no dominant weather type and “sunny spells likely to be interspersed with showers or longer periods of rain”.
But there is good news after that, with the long term forecast saying: “As we head further towards mid-August, it is most likely to become more settled with drier and warmer conditions developing.”
However, as with all long range forecasts, confidence become lower towards longer timescales.