Residents living in coastal beauty spots like Lytham St Anne’s are bracing for a fresh stampede of visitors as a major ‘African heat flare’ is set to roast the country during an anticipated ten-day heatwave starting on Thursday. Tourists are expected to flock to beaches across the country as high temperatures sweep in from central Europe by the end of the week. The weather map below shows the anticipated temperature for Lytham St. Anne’s at 1.00 p.m. on Friday 7th August.
These high temperatures are the result of southerly winds moving from Europe and high pressure patterns will start the period of Summer sunshine from around Thursday. Meteorological Office weather forecaster Bonnie Diamond said, ‘The pressure pattern is generally high, so in combination with the southerly winds and high pressure we get settled, sunny and hot weather.’ She continued by describing an ‘African heat flare’ coming in from Thursday until mid-August, bringing ‘drier, brighter and very warm’ weather towards the end of the week
Ex-BBC and Met Office forecaster John Hammond of weathertrending added, ‘The great news for millions on staycation is August looks kinder than summer so far. Plenty of fine weather is further ahead, with more potential for heat than for much of summer so far.’
Although Greater Manchester has been placed under the status of ‘a major incident’ in respect of Covid-19 infections, and other areas like East Lancashire are facing restrictions – there are no constraints on people travelling out to enjoy a weekend in the sun. This has brought deep concerns for some Lytham St. Anne’s residents, whilst, on the other hand, many businesses need the visitors to ensure that they do not fail as a result of the Covid-19 crisis.