UK Weather: Indian summer set to stay for two weeks

Britain is set to bask in sunny weather for the next two weeks, the Met Office has forecast.


by Ellie Hooper |
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Finally, we’re actually going to have some constant good weather - and that means it is time to crack open the BBQ.

Following a washout summer, Britain can look forward to two weeks of sunshine, with the mercury set to his 22 degrees in the last week of September and the first of October.


Met Office forecaster Daniel Panton-King said: ‘There will be plenty of dry, sunny, warm weather through the week, with temperatures creeping up and a chance of 22C on Tuesday and Wednesday.’

King added that this is close to being classed an Indian Summer, with warm temperatures looking to hold out until the middle third of October.

‘Dry conditions could continue longer in the South-East,’ the Met added.

What is an ‘Indian Summer?’

An Indian Summer is a period of unseasonably warm and dry weather in autumn in the Northern Hemisphere.

Though the origins of the phrase are disputed, there are several theories as to how it came about, including that it was Indians who first described it to Europeans, or because it was when native Americans usually hunted.

More used in American literature than English, it doesn’t seem to be mentioned often in Britain until the 50s.

In Germany, Austria and several other European nations, an Indian summer is called ‘old women’s summer.’

Time to crack out the BBQs everyone!

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