TEMPERATURES are to soar to 19C today as Brits enjoy a mini-heatwave on their second weekend of freedom.
Most of the UK can look forward to a sunny and “remarkably dry” day on Saturday.
This year has seen one of the driest Aprils on record, with Britain experiencing less than a fifth of the month’s average rainfall so far.
April has seen just 18 per cent of its usual 70 per cent of the rainfall that would have already fallen.
Next weekend will be a LOT warmer, however, with a Bank Holiday heatwave causing temperatures to surge as high as 32C, forecasters have predicted.
And thanks to the climate pattern La Nina, the UK could be in for an absolutely scorching summer with experts saying it could be the hottest summer for a decade with sustained high temperatures.
Read all the latest weather news and updates in our live blog below…
WARM WEATHER AHEAD THANKS TO HIGH PRESSURE FRONT
April is well-known for its showers but this year it has, so far, been blessed with lots of sun.
Next week is expected to be sunny too with temperatures rising even further.
The Met Office tweeted: “April 2021 has recorded 174.6 hours of #sunshine (so far) across the UK, well above the average of 148.3 hours.”
SUNDAY’S FORECAST – WARM AND BREEZY
Another fine, dry and bright day in prospect.
Breezy across southern UK and most areas not quite as warm as Friday and Saturday, especially across England and Wales.
A fine end to the day but quickly turning chilly this evening.
A cold, dry night with mostly clear skies and a touch of ground frost follows.
SCOTLAND EXPERIENCES OVER A QUARTER LESS SNOW SLIDES
Scotland’s avalanche service has ended for the season with over a quarter less snow slides.
Despite the winter having the greatest dump of snow in over a decade, less people on the hills in the pandemic has triggered far fewer potentially deadly avalanches. In fact, provisional figures show there were 52 less than the previous winter.
As a result of the covid travel restrictions, hillwalkers and climbers have usually been limited to their local area. Ski centres have been shut for much of the season and the great hordes of outdoor winter enthusiasts from south of the border and abroad have been missing.
The full Scottish Avalanche Information Service (SAIS) ended its winter season’s forecasts with 189 snow slides recorded.
ODDS CUT ON HOTTEST MAY ON RECORD IN THE UK
Leading bookmaker Coral has cut the odds on next month being the hottest May on record to 6-4 (from 3-1) as forecasts suggest temperatures are set to rise again in the early stages of next month.
The firm go 4-5 for 2021 to be the hottest summer of all time, while it is 5-4 for the UK to have the hottest ever bank holiday Monday next month.
“With the mercury set to rise again next week, the prospects of a glorious May this year are increasing all the time. We’ve slashed the odds on the month being a record-breaker,” said Coral’s John Hill.
“It’s good news for those hoping for nice weather over the bank holiday weekend as the odds suggest we could be set for record hot temperatures across the long weekend,” added Hill.
NEXT WEEKEND TO BE A SCORCHER
Brits will be able to enjoy a pint in the sun as next weekend will be a lot warmer, with a possible bank-holiday heatwave causing temperatures to surge as high as 32C, forecasters have predicted.
The warm weather comes as the UK is set for the warmest summer “from the past ten years,” according to experts.
Met Office meteorologist Simon Partridge told The Sun: “It will be a very settled period with lots of sunshine — but still getting cold overnight.
“Going into May, temperatures will rise a little bit but the weather will start to become more changeable later on.”
SUNNY BRITAIN COULD BE WARMER THAN CORFU TODAY
Britain is set to be warmer than Corfu today as 19C sunshine is expected.
The Met Office says today it’ll be “dry with hazy sunshine for most” and “warm across western areas”.
MET OFFICE – FORECAST TODAY
Another chilly start and then another fine, dry and bright day with plenty of sunshine for most.
Mainly light winds, but breezy in the far south.
Cooler than yesterday in the east and northeast, elsewhere similar temperatures and feeling pleasant.
VET WARNING FOR PET OWNERS DURING WARM WEATHER
A warning went out to sunseekers today after vets in the West Country had to give life-saving emergency treatment to six pet dogs that were bitten by adders.
The hot weather has lured Britain’s only species of poisonous snake out of winter hibernation and they’re basking in the sunshine.
Penmellyn Vet Group in Cornwall said six pet dogs have been admitted to their hospital in St Columb the last five days after being bitten by adders. They warned that a walk with an inquisitive dog can end up at the vets.
Hattie Algar, one of the nurses, advised “Keep your dog on a lead, especially if you’re walking in sand dunes or grassland. Keep your eyes to the ground and if you do see any black and white snakes do give them a very wide berth.”
UK COULD BASK IN 31C TEMPERATURES THANKS TO LA NINA
Some meteorologists said the UK could hit highs of 31C in two weeks due to a weather pattern called La Nina – bringing a wave of optimism as Brits enjoy eased lockdown restrictions.
Met Office spokesperson Graheme Madge said this had subsided and that temperatures at the start of May were looking uncertain – and it is too early to predict how hot it will get.
La Nina, a climate pattern, will play a large part in the potential spike in warm weather in the coming months.
OUTLOOK FOR SUNDAY TO TUESDAY
Met Office: Dry with plenty of sunshine Sunday, although a little cloudier in the east.
Staying mainly fine in the south, but turning more unsettled elsewhere with rain and showers. Turning cooler.
Plenty of sunshine in most places, and feeling warm in the west.
Some patchy cloud in the northeast, and feeling chilly along North Sea coasts. Remaining windy in the southwest.
WARMEST SUNSHINE ON SATURDAY?
‘ONE OF THE DRIEST APRILS’
Mr Madge said this month will probably have been quite “challenging” for crop growers as it has been quite cold as well as dry.
He added: “I think there is a good chance that if the month continues in line with the forecast that we are going to be in line for seeing this as one of the driest Aprils.”
Mr Madge said it is probably going to be in the top 10, taking into account every April since 1862.
“I can’t see us getting another 18mm of rain. I can’t see us getting more than we’ve already had in the last eight days of the month.”
‘NO SIGNIFICANT RAINFALL’
Grahame Madge, climate spokesman at the Met Office, said: “Really for the rest of the month there isn’t any signal for significant rainfall.”
He said there may be some rain in the middle part of next week, but added: “That’s not necessarily going to do anything to top up these figures and get us anywhere near average.
“So I think we recognise that obviously with eight or so days to go April is going to be a very dry month.”
EVENING AND TONIGHT FORECAST
Dry with clear skies for most.
Turning chilly with a touch of frost in places. Some low cloud and isolated fog patches forming across parts of Scotland and eastern England.
Windy in southwest England.
CHILLY DAYS IN THE EAST
MET OFFICE FORECAST FOR SATURDAY TO TUESDAY
Dry with hazy sunshine for most, perhaps some patchy low cloud along North Sea coasts of Scotland and northeast England.
Warm across western areas, but feeling cooler in the east.
Dry with plenty of sunshine on Sunday, although a little cloudier in the east.
Staying fine in the south, but turning more unsettled elsewhere with rain and showers spreading southeast.
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