June was one of the coldest for years - but a heatwave is on its way to Northamptonshire!

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June was the second coolest in Northamptonshire for 22 years, according to experts at Pitsford School Weather Station, but July will be hot, hot, hot!

Rainfall was also below average in Northamptonshire, with the driest June locally since 2006.

The month began well, with the county enjoying 12 hours of sunshine on June 3 and 4, however this went on to be the most sunshine Northamptonshire would experience in one day all month.

The following days saw a deterioration from this promising start, and across the county it was often cloudy with some spells of light rain or drizzle.

However, latest reports says the good weather expected on Friday, July 4, will be the start of a heatwave.

A spokesman for the weather station said temperatures on Friday would reach 23C, adding: “There will be little wind, probably no more than a light and variable air. Lows overnight will fall to 14C. Likewise, a fine day is expected on Saturday. There will perhaps be a touch more cloud around, but essentially it will be another sunny day, warm too with highs reaching 24C. There will be just a light northerly breeze. It will continue dry overnight with lows falling to 14C. As for Sunday, more of the same: it will remain dry, warm and sunny. In fact this high will remain with us right through the coming week. It will be dry, apart from some possible sharp showers triggered by the warmth through Tuesday afternoon.”

Pitsford School Weather Station underwent improvements throughout July, replacing furniture and equipment to give the station a cleaner look and enabling some additional features to the website, including real-time graphs.

The weather station also launched a Twitter feed, @northantswx, which will be provide a daily forecast as well as weather updates throughout the day.