Weather UK forecast today – Get ready to ROAST all week as 25c mini-heatwave will keep temperatures high for days

A MINI spring heatwave is warming up the UK – with temperatures as high as 25C expected to bake Britain this week.

The sunshine returned this weekend after a cold snap and saw pub beer gardens packed with Brits enjoying their first full weekend of eased coronavirus restrictions in England.

Saturday saw highs of nearly 20C while Brits flocked to parks, beaches and boozers as they were reunited with family and friends – and similar conditions brightened up Britain today.

But forecasters predict the mercury could rise to a scorching 25C this week as a '500-mile wide' Saharan plume engulfs the country.

And looking ahead, 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.”

Read all the latest weather news and updates in our live blog below…

  • Patrick Joseph DUGGAN

    SUNNY SPELLS 'INTO MAY'

    THERE will be sunny spells into May as Britain enters a prolonged warm spell.

    A Met Office forecaster said: “Most areas will feel warm by the afternoon.

    “After some rain on Tuesday, most will be fine and dry to the weekend, with high pressure dominating and temperatures probably warming slightly by the weekend.

    “Plenty of sunny spells are expected into May, with the possibility of warmer spells.”

    Tynemouth Longsands in North Tyneisde is bathed in early morning sunshine todayCredit: NNP
  • Patrick Joseph DUGGAN

    15C IN NORTHUMBERLAND

    SUN rises over Blyth Harbour Lighthouse in Northumberland this morning.

    There will be sunshine throughout the day in the region until dusk falls about 8pm.

    A gentle breeze will blow in from the south east, with temperatures reaching 15C.

    Dawn breaks over Blyth Harbour Lighthourse this morningCredit: PA
  • Patrick Joseph DUGGAN

    BRITAIN TO SIZZLE IN 25C HEATWAVE

    TEMPERATURES are set to soar as high as 25C by the end of the month.

    A 500-mile wide continental heat plume is set to sweep across Britain, bringing balmy sunshine.

    Warmer-than-average temperatures are forecast in the coming weeks and will continue well into May.

    Today will see temperatures hit 19C, 5C higher than average, with blue skies during most of the week, apart from showers on Tuesday.

    Sunshine breaks over Blackheath in South East London todayCredit: LNP
  • Patrick Joseph DUGGAN

    SUNNY NORTH EAST

    THE Angel of the North is wreathed in dawn light as morning breaks today.

    Early-morning ramblers take a stroll next to the sculpture designed by Antony Gormley in Gateshead.

    The mercury will soar to a balmy 15C today with sunny spells throughout the day in the North East.

    The Angel of the North welcomes the dawn this morningCredit: Reuters
  • Patrick Joseph DUGGAN

    RAINY NIGHT

    CLOUD and rain will move south-east across much of Northern Ireland and Scotland tonight.

    It will be dry with clear periods elsewhere.

    But mist, fog and low cloud will affect some eastern areas.

  • Patrick Joseph DUGGAN

    MISTY MORNING

    BOATS bob on the mist-covered River Frome at Wareham in Dorset shortly after sunrise in this stunning early-morning photo.

    Fog and low cloud is sue to settle across eastern England from early morning with clouds in the northwest and some rain.

    Sunny spells are due elsewhere, with a small chance of a shower in south-east England.

    Boats on the River Frome at Wareham in Dorset this morningCredit: Alamy
  • Alex Winter

    'FINE AND DRY' FOR MAY SAYS MET OFFICE

    The Met Office's long forecast predicts the first half of May will see good temperatures.

    It says: "Mixed weather patterns, typical of spring are most likely through the first half of May.

    "Overall, fine and dry weather is expected to be most dominant, with fair-weather cloud and plenty of sunny spells."

  • Alex Winter

    A STARRY SKY ABOVE HISTORIC CASTLE

    This stunning image, taken last night, shows the Milky War glowing brightly above Corfe Castle in Dorset.

    Nights are likely to stay cold and clear this week, and it could well be frosty when we wake up – but the days will be nice and bright for many.

    Corfe Castle in DorsetCredit: Alamy
  • Alex Winter

    A VERY WELCOME SIGHT!

    Brits can expect to see some beautiful sunshine from the end of this week, forecasters say.

    A 500 mile-wide continental heat plume will see hotter-than-average temperatures between April 24 and May 1, it's believed.

    Temperatures will soon soar, forecasters believeCredit: freetext
  • Alex Winter

    'STRONG APRIL SUNSHINE'

  • Joseph Gamp

    MET OFFICE MIDWEEK WEATHER OUTLOOK

    Tuesday will be rather dull with cloudy skies and there is a chance of spells of drizzle or rain quite widely.

    Rain will be heavy across Scotland and brighter spells will develop across Northern Ireland.

    Sunny spells on Wednesday, but there will be patchy cloud and a chance of showers developing.

  • Joseph Gamp

    MET OFFICE: MONDAY MORNING TO 'START ON COLD NOTE' – BUT TEMPERATURES WILL QUICKLY RISE

    The Met Office tweeted: "Monday morning will start on a cold note with some #frost and patchy #fog.

    "But temperatures will quickly rise under the strong April #sunshine.

    "More in the way of cloud across Northern Ireland and western Scotland with a chance of some #rain at times."

  • Joseph Gamp

    MET OFFICE FORECAST FOR MONDAY

    A fine and dry day for most with good sunshine, the Met Office has predicted on its website.

    It will be cloudier over Northern Ireland and west Scotland with some rain, but it will be mostly light.

  • Joseph Gamp

    CONTINENTAL HEAT PLUME HEADING TO THE UK NEXT WEEK

    A continental heat plume is forecast to bring warmer temperatures to the UK next week.

    Hotter-than-average temperatures are forecast for next weekend and will continue well into the month of May.

  • Joseph Gamp

    ODDS CUT ON NEXT MONTH BEING THE COLDEST MAY ON RECORD IN THE UK

    Bookmaker Coral have now cut the odds on next month being the warmest May on record in the UK to just 3-1.

    Spokesman Harry Aitkenhead said: "We've endured plenty of cold days this April but the sun is beginning to shine and the long-range forecast looks good. 

    April is on track to be the coldest for 31 years after Arctic buffetings this month.

  • Joseph Gamp

    BBC WEATHER: 'NOT MUCH' RAIN FORECAST THIS WEEK

  • Joseph Gamp

    MET OFFICE PREDICTS FINE AND DRY WEATHER IN FIRST HALF OF MAY

    The Met Office's long forecast predicts the first half of May will see good temperatures.

    It says: "Mixed weather patterns, typical of spring are most likely through the first half of May.

    "Overall, fine and dry weather is expected to be most dominant, with fair-weather cloud and plenty of sunny spells."

    It reached 17C today and will continue to rise tomorrow and Tuesday, with highs of 18C expected across both days.

    Thrilled Brits have been snapped messing about on rivers, riding horses through brightly coloured fields and strolling in parks.

  • Joseph Gamp

    TEMPERATURES COULD HIT 19C ON MONDAY

    Monday is forecast to see 19C a total of 5C above average with a week of blue skies for most apart from showers on Tuesday.

    Highs ease to 15C in midweek but the Met Office predicted temperatures warming up again by the weekend.

    The mercury could rise up to 18C next Saturday and Sunday.

    Met Office forecaster Marco Petagna said: “Daytime temperatures will rise a little over the next few days.”

    “Computer models show a lot of dry weather now, then warmer spells in late April and into May seeing 25C possible in the South," The Weather Outlook forecaster Brian Gaze said.

  • Joseph Gamp

    SOAR POINT

    TEMPERATURES are set to rocket to 25C this week as a 500 mile-wide continental heat plume is forecast to engulf Britain.

    Hotter-than-average temperatures are forecast for next weekend and will continue well into the month of May.

    Read more here.

  • Joseph Gamp

    MET OFFICE: RURAL FROST ACROSS ENGLAND AND WALES TONIGHT – PLUS FREEZING TEMPERATURES IN NORTH WEST

  • Joseph Gamp

    WATCH: UK WEATHER – TEMPERATURES TO ROCKET TO 25C

    UK weather – Temperatures to ROCKET to 25C as 500-mile wide heat plume engulfs Britain in hottest week of year

  • Joseph Gamp

    MET OFFICE FORECAST FOR MONDAY

    A fine and dry day for most with good sunshine, the Met Office has predicted on its website.

    It will be cloudier over Northern Ireland and west Scotland with some rain, but it will be mostly light.

  • Joseph Gamp

    MET OFFICE FORECAST FOR SUNDAY NIGHT

    Good clear spells for England, Wales and east Scotland, says the Met Office.

    However, frost is likely overnight and fog will develop in east England.

    Northern Ireland and west Scotland cloudier with a little light rain.

  • Niamh Cavanagh

    STORM ALERT

    The Philippines is bracing itself for flash floods and landslides as Super Typhoon Surigae closes in on its east coast.

    The tropical storm intensified over sea this morning hitting wind speeds of 190 mph – the equivalent of a category 5 hurricane.

    Surigae is now the strongest typhoon on record for the month of April, surpassing Typhoon Maysak in 2015 which brought winds of 173 mph.

    In just 36 hours, the storm’s peak gusts have now more than doubled and it is now expected to "sideswipe" the island nation.

    It is currently looming over the Philippine Sea to the east of the Bicol region, the nation’s weather bureau has revealed.

     

  • Niamh Cavanagh

    LET IT SHINE

    Groups of people enjoy the beautiful views at Durdle Door in Dorset making the most of the spring sunshine.

    Credit: ©Graham Hunt
    Credit: ©Graham Hunt

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