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UK's coolest August for 21 years but heatwave is on the way

Three days ago more than one-and-a-half inches of rain fell in 24 hours in Windsor. Photo: Steve Parsons/PA Wire

By Becky Mantin: ITV Weather Presenter

The Met Office has just released the UK statistics for this summer.

Across the country as a whole, June and July were both drier and warmer than average and we were well on course for one of its best summers for years.

But it's been the truly dismal weather throughout August - probably the coolest since 1993 and with 142 per cent of its expected rainfall making it the 18th wettest August on record - that has brought the average for the whole summer down so dramatically.

We could be back eating ice creams when the sun comes out next week. Credit: Ian West/PA Wire/Press Association Images

This ended our eight month run of warmer than average months and with blustery winds and showers, there's now a definite touch of autumn in the air as summer 2014 draws to a close.

So it might actually surprise you that the first week of our first autumnal month promises to bring warm, dry, sunny weather.

With pressure building across the UK throughout the week, many areas could see highs into the mid 20's by the end of the week.

Now that's well above average.