UK weather: Heatwave to hit Wimbledon

Warmer than average conditions predicted for second week of tennis tournament

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Wimbledon is set to see ace weather after a first week of unsettled conditions.

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The Met Office says Monday in SW9 is expected to be a mixture of sunshine and isolated showers, while Tuesday will be dry for most of the day "but with some further isolated showers possible." Wednesday is set to be mainly dry and sunny, "with perhaps a heavy shower bubbling up later."

Temperatures for the week will remain in the 20Cs, with the hottest day of the tennis tournament likely to be Friday when highs of 26C are expected.

Met Office forecaster Greg Dewhurst told the Daily Star: "It looks drier from the weekend and into the second week, with more settled weather for the southern half of the UK and a trend for temperatures warmer than the average of 22-23C.

"Most of the UK could be under the influence of largely dry and warm weather from the middle of July."

Meanwhile, bookies have slashed the odds on July being the hottest on record, with Ladbrokes giving 7/4 from 2/1, and 10/1 that there is no rain over the next two weeks at Wimbledon.

It's even money that the hottest day of the year is recorded this month, beating last month's high of 34.5C. Meanwhile, a hosepipe ban has been chalked up at 7/2 to be implemented before the summer is out.

Nicola McGeady of Ladbrokes said: "The June heatwave seems like a distant memory, but the odds suggest that Wimbledon will see the return of blue skies and sizzling sunshine."

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