Weather weekend UK forecast – Met Office predicts April heatwave scorcher with three days of 17C on the way

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A MINI heatwave is continuing to warm up the UK this weekend with temperatures set to soar to 17C today and into next week.

The sunshine is returning after a cold snap and is a boost for pub beer gardens and BBQs as Brits enjoy their first full weekend of eased  coronavirus restrictions in England.

Saturday saw highs of 17C, as Brits flocked to parks, beaches and boozers as they were reunited with family and friends

Forecasters say this summer could be the hottest in a decade as a 32C blast is set to hit the country within weeks.

La Nina, a climate pattern, will play a large part in the spike in warm weather.

Jim Dale, meteorologist for British Weather Services, said: “There will definitely be some spikes of heat as we go into summer when I expect to see temperatures in the high 20Cs or even the low 30Cs.

“This is largely because of a balancing effect which, after the colder period of weather over the past couple of months, dominated by a northerly airflow, should revert and come from a more southerly direction.

“This will bring more in the way of hotter weather as we go through the end of spring and into summer.

“This summer could be up there with the warmer ones from the past ten years, it is more likely to turn out one of the warmer ones that to be cooler.”

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LONDON FORECAST FOR NEXT WEEK

After a blissful weekend of sunshine, Brits will be glad to know the good weather is rolling over into next week.

With highs of 17C expected, it will remain dry with spells of sunshine and variable cloud in London tomorrow.

Next week could see the mercury soar to 18C, as the wacky but welcomed weather continues.

BBC WEATHER: 'NOT MANY APRIL SHOWERS IN COMING WEEKS - AND NOT TOO MANY TO COME EITHER'

The UK is experiencing what's been dubbed "mini heatwave" this weekend, with sunny temperatures hitting 17C in some areas.

Forecasters have predicted the mercury will rocket up later this month - meaning Brits could be in for an early start to summer.

And BBC weather have also backed up the forecast, claiming there will not be many April showers in the coming weeks - and "not too many to come either".

The broadcasters weather agency tweeted: "Very few April showers for the first half of the month and the forecast shows there not too many to come either."

UK WEATHER: BRITAIN TO BASK IN MINI HEATWAVE AS TEMPERATURES TO SOAR TO 17C AFTER SNOWY WEEK

UK weather: Britain to bask in mini heatwave as temperatures to soar to 17C after snowy week

WEATHER IS WARMING UP

DRY AND SUNNY SPELLS BUT OVERNIGHT FROST FOR NEXT FEW DAYS – MET OFFICE

The next few days are going to be dry with sunny spells and overnight frost.

The Met Office warns “cloud and outbreaks of rain will be affecting Northern Ireland and Scotland on Sunday and Monday, moving southeast on Tuesday. “

IN PICTURES: PEOPLE ENJOYING THE SUN IN SOHO AND CHINATOWN, LONDON

Londoners enjoying the sunshine in Soho and China Town

Londoners enjoying the sunshine in Soho and China TownCredit: w8media

MET OFFICE OUTLOOK FOR MONDAY TO WEDNESDAY

Continuing mostly dry with the rain affecting the far northwest dying away as it moves southeast on Tuesday, according to the Met Office.

Daytime temperatures close to or above average, but still some cold nights.

LADBROKES SLASHES ODDS ON WEATHER HITTING 20C NEXT WEEK

It looks like the temperature could reach 20C over the next week, according to Ladbrokes.

The bookies make it just 7/2 that the mercury sizzles past a scorching 20C, and it’s also only 6/4 that Spring 2021 goes down in history as the hottest ever.

Jessica O’Reilly of Ladbrokes said: “The sunshine’s here to stay all week and with the thermometer rising we’ve been forced to slash the odds accordingly.”

BRITS ENJOY WEEKEND OF SUN, 17C FORECAST FOR TOMORROW

BRITS soaked up the sun in parks and beaches as temperatures soared on the day of Prince Philip's funeral.

Sun-lovers flocked outside to make the most of the sunny weather today - with the warm weather set to continue with the mercury to soar to 17C tomorrow and 18C next week.

A spokesperson for the Met Office said: "Tomorrow we could see max temperatures in the London area of 15 or 16, with an outside chance of 17C.

"As we go into Monday, Tuesday and possibly Wednesday we could see temperatures reach 16 to 18C in southern parts of England and Wales. 

"The north is going to be a bit colder. We’ve got cold air coming down the north of the UK on Sunday, with northerly winds picking up through Monday."

DRY AND SUNNY EVENING FOR MOST - BUT RAIN AND CLOUD IN NORTHERN IRELAND AND THE WESTERN ISLES

IN PICTURES: LONDONERS BASK IN 14C SUNSHINE ON PRIMROSE HILL

Sun seekers flock to Primrose Hill, London where temperatures hit 14c for Super Saturday

Sun seekers flock to Primrose Hill, London where temperatures hit 14c for Super SaturdayCredit: LNP

TEMPERATURES COULD HIT 20C NEXT WEEK

Temperatures could hit 20C over the next week, according to Ladbrokes.

The bookies make it just 7/2 that the mercury sizzles past a scorching 20C, and it’s also only 6/4 that Spring 2021 goes down in history as the hottest ever.

Jessica O’Reilly of Ladbrokes said: “The sunshine’s here to stay all week and with the thermometer rising we’ve been forced to slash the odds accordingly.”

SATURDAY EVENING TO BE DRY WITH LATE SUNNY SPELLS

It will be a dry evening with late sunny spells and variable amounts of cloud cover, according to Meteogroup.

Thick cloud will build across Northern Ireland and western Scotland bringing drizzle and rain.

Overnight, thick cloud cover will build in from the west and rain will push eastwards across Northern Ireland and Scotland.

LADBROKES SLASHES ODDS ON WEATHER HITTING 20C NEXT WEEK

It looks like the temperature could reach 20C over the next week, according to Ladbrokes.

The bookies make it just 7/2 that the mercury sizzles past a scorching 20C, and it's also only 6/4 that Spring 2021 goes down in history as the hottest ever.

Jessica O'Reilly of Ladbrokes said: "The sunshine's here to stay all week and with the thermometer rising we've been forced to slash the odds accordingly."

MET OFFICE: FINE AND DRY THIS AFTERNOON

DRY AND SUNNY SPELLS BUT OVERNIGHT FROST FOR NEXT FEW DAYS – MET OFFICE

The next few days are going to be dry with sunny spells and overnight frost.

The Met Office warns “cloud and outbreaks of rain will be affecting Northern Ireland and Scotland on Sunday and Monday, moving southeast on Tuesday. “

TEMPERATURES TO REACH 17C OVER THE WEEKEND

The Met Office has said temperatures could reach 17C by the end of the weekend before peaking on Monday.

Met Office forecaster Grahame Madge said: “A signal for more settled weather is when an area of high pressure begins to develop.

“But it all rests on where the centre of the high pressure falls. If it’s Norway then as air circulates we will get air from the south which is warmer.

“We would say the indication is it’s likely to be around average for April but it’s likely the temperature would pick up.

“Mid 16C, possibly 17C is in the realms of possibility for London.”

ODDS SLASHED ON HOTTEST SPRING ON RECORD

Leading bookmaker Coral has cut the odds to 5-4 (from 5-2) on this spring being the hottest on record as forecasts point to even warmer temperatures next week.

The firm makes it odds-on at 1-2 that 2021 is a record hot year, while May is 2-1 to be a record hot month.

“The outlook for next week suggests temperatures are going to keep rising so as a result we have cut the odds on this being a record hot spring,” said Coral’s John Hill.

“Looking further ahead, we may be set for a glorious summer so there is a strong chance 2021 could be a record hot year,” added Hill

WEATHER TO TURN EVEN WARMER BY END OF APRIL

By April 27, the weather is set to get even hotter with temperatures of 18C in the South East.

The Met Office’s long-range forecast for April 19 to 28, the outbreaks of rain will subside before the dry spells hit the country.

“Cloudy and breezy across Northern Ireland and Scotland with outbreaks of rain through Monday, later spreading briefly to Wales, the South West and Northern England,” forecasters have said.

LADBROKES SLASHES ODDS ON WEATHER HITTING 20C NEXT WEEK

It looks like the temperature could reach 20C over the next week, according to Ladbrokes.

The bookies make it just 7/2 that the mercury sizzles past a scorching 20C, and it's also only 6/4 that Spring 2021 goes down in history as the hottest ever.

Jessica O'Reilly of Ladbrokes said: "The sunshine's here to stay all week and with the thermometer rising we've been forced to slash the odds accordingly."

WEATHER IS WARMING UP

TEMPERATURES COULD HIT 20C NEXT WEEK

Temperatures could hit 20C over the next week, according to Ladbrokes.

The bookies make it just 7/2 that the mercury sizzles past a scorching 20C, and it’s also only 6/4 that Spring 2021 goes down in history as the hottest ever.

Jessica O’Reilly of Ladbrokes said: “The sunshine’s here to stay all week and with the thermometer rising we’ve been forced to slash the odds accordingly.”

SATURDAY EVENING TO BE DRY WITH LATE SUNNY SPELLS

It will be a dry evening with late sunny spells and variable amounts of cloud cover, according to Meteogroup.

Thick cloud will build across Northern Ireland and western Scotland bringing drizzle and rain.

Overnight, thick cloud cover will build in from the west and rain will push eastwards across Northern Ireland and Scotland.

'FINE AND DRY'

It will be "fine and dry" for most Brits this afternoon with plenty of sunny spells, according to the Met Office.

The forecaster added that could would increase from the North West later.

BRITS HIT THE BEACH

Brits have been seen out and about today enjoying the first weekend of lockdown freedom.

Bournemouth Beach was seen packed this morning - with sunseekers enjoying a game of volleyball.

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