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The UK's hot weather could last until October, the Met Office has said.In a briefing for local authorities it said above-average temperatures were more likely than below-average temperatures for the next three-month period. Fresher, cooler temperatures are expected from the middle of this week, lasting throughout the weekend. But the Met Office predictions suggest hot, dry conditions could return and continue into the autumn.
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Temperatures are set to top 30C in some parts of the UK on Monday.
On Tuesday temperatures could peak at 34C in Essex or Norfolk, the Met Office said.However much of Scotland and Northern Ireland will start the week with some rain. And maximum temperatures are likely to dip to around the mid-20s by Wednesday.
UK hot weather could last until October, Met Office warns

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Forecaster Dean Hall said there will be "quite a marked change to the feel of things" from the middle of the week as conditions turn "fresher and more changeable".It is likely to stay cooler throughout next weekend, he said, with "no real sign of any return of the heat that we have been seeing over the recent days".
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It comes amid a sweltering European heatwave, with Portugal and Spain being hit by the hottest temperatures. British holidaymakers are being warned to avoid spending time in the sun during the hottest part of the day and to keep hydrated.Last week local records were smashed in eight areas of Portugal, while Lisbon broke a 37-year-old record with temperatures reaching 44C on Sunday.Red health alerts for extreme heat have been issued for more than half the country and hot, dry conditions have led to several wildfires.
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In Spain, heat warnings were issued for 41 of the country's 50 provinces.The conditions played a part in the deaths of two men, one in Barcelona and the other in the southern region of Murcia, according to Spanish authorities.
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