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Britons set for 'mini heatwave'

Sun worshippers left disappointed by an average July can look forward to a "mini heatwave" lasting just a few days this week, according to forecasters.

While many were hoping for an extra-hot July, it proved to be a rather average month, with the hot summer of 2006 fading into a distant memory.

The start of August will bring with it the treat of a few hot days, mainly in the south-east.

But it is not likely to last and before the end of the week is likely to dip back to another average month.

Tony Conlan, forecaster at MeteoGroup, the weather division of the Press Association, said it was an "average" July and a poor comparison to some of the hot summers in recent memory.

"The last really good summer we had was 2006 when we had the warmest July on record," he said. "This is the fifth average or poor July we have had since then. That record July of 2006 now seems a distant memory."

But he said despite no sign of an extended heatwave in August, people in some parts of England can look forward to a few days of sunshine.

"There's no sign of any extended heatwave as we head into August," he added. "But it will certainly be locally very warm for the first three days of this week, maybe up to the high 20s, low 30s in the south east of England, East Anglia and the East Midlands. That's only for the first three days of the week then it looks like it gets much more changeable."

Figures showed the past month proved to be the coolest July overall since 2007. The highest maximum temperature was 27.5 C at Olympic Park South while the lowest minimum was minus 0.8 C at Kinbrace in Sutherland, Scotland.

Average rainfall in England and Wales was 62mm, the lowest for the month since 2006, and average sunshine was 188 hours, slightly higher than 2010 but fractionally lower than 2009.

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