Glasgow heatwave August 2022: what temperatures does Met Office say to expect, will there be a hosepipe ban?
Some parts of the UK may see a hosepipe ban put in place amid reports of a heatwave, will Glasgow be affected?
The potential for more hot weather, and the lack of rainfall has forced water companies across the UK to issue hosepipe bans in order to conserve water.
So, will there be a hosepipe ban put in place for Glasgow?
Here’s everything you need to know about the potential restrictions.
What is the threshold for a heatwave in the UK?
The UK Met Office website states that for a heatwave to be declared a threshold must be met.
The UK heatwave threshold is described on the Met Office website as: “when a location records a period of at least three consecutive days with daily maximum temperatures meeting or exceeding the heatwave temperature threshold.”
The initial heatwave thresholds were calculated based on the 1981-2010 climatology of daily maximum temperature at the midpoint of the meteorological summer (15 July). In 2022, the Met Office updated the threshold.
The threshold for a heatwave temperature differs by county, with some areas in the southeast having a threshold of 28°C, while areas to the north and west have a threshold of 25°C.
What is a hosepipe ban?
A hosepipe ban restricts usage of water in outdoor activities like filling up swimming pools, watering plants and washing cars.
When a hosepipe ban is issued the following rules are put in place:
- Watering a garden using a hosepipe
- Cleaning a private motor-vehicle using a hosepipe
- Watering plants on domestic or other non-commercial premises using a hosepipe
- Cleaning a private leisure boat using a hosepipe
- Filling or maintaining a domestic swimming or paddling pool
- Drawing water, using a hosepipe, for domestic recreational use
- Filling or maintaining a domestic pond using a hosepipe
- Filling or maintaining an ornamental fountain
Is there a hosepipe ban in Glasgow?
While the country has seen record temperatures in recent weeks there are no plans for an immediate hosepipe ban in Glasgow or Scotland as a whole.
Scottish Water have said that there are no plans to apply restrictions such as hosepipe bans in Scotland, but have asked that people use water as efficiently as possible.
The main parts of the UK that a ban has been put in place are in the South of England for places like Isle of Wight, Kent and Sussex.
What is the current weather forecast for Glasgow?
Today will be a dry day but will remain cloudy throughout. There will be some light to moderate westerly winds picking up throughout the day.
Temperatures are forecast to hit highs of 21°C.
Dry and clear periods will continue throughout the evening. Temperatures will be mild overnight, and are expected to hit lows of 12°C.
Wednesday will be warm with good sunny spells and light winds.
Temperatures are forecast to hit highs of 25°C, and lows of 13°C.
Outlook for Thursday to Saturday
This period will be mainly dry with some cloudy and patches of rain at times throughout Wednesday.
Thursday temperatures are forecast to hit highs of 24°C, and lows of 13°C.
The remainder of the period will see the best of the sunshine. Temperatures on Friday will hit highs of 26°C, and lows of 15°C.
Saturday will see the highest temperatures of the week with highs of 27°C, and lows of 16°C.
What is the long range forecast for the UK?
Friday 12 August to Sunday 21 August
The start of this period will be mostly fine and sunny. There will be outbreaks of light rain potentially in the northwest and some mist near coastal areas.
Winds are expected to be light and temperatures will be above average for most with warm temperatures in the north and hotter conditions in the south.
The first weekend of this period will be mainly dry and settled for most. The north is expected to see the most of any precipitation, and there is also a low risk of thunderstorms developing in the south.
Temperatures will likely be very warm.
Monday 22 August to Monday 5 September
The second half of August will bring a shift from the settled conditions for many with the occasional periods of unsettled weather. There are increased chances of thunderstorms in the south.
Further into this period the unsettled conditions may spread further south and east, although northern and western areas are still likely to see the most of any precipitation.