UK weather: Met Office forecasts warmer temperatures
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An area of high pressure will begin to move over the entire country from tomorrow with highs of 23C (73F) across the southeast of England. Sunny spells will continue on Wednesday and the mercury is on course to climb further to highs of 24C across London, Hertfordshire and Cambridgeshire, according to the Met Office.
Dry and bright weather is expected elsewhere with temperatures reaching the low 20Cs across central and northern areas and highs of 18C in Scotland over the next 48 hours.
Plumes of warm-air will begin to move in a northwesterly direction from Europe on Tuesday and are on course to persist in places into the four-day weekend, according to new weather charts.
The latest temperature maps produced by The Weather Outlook suggest the warm conditions in the UK could stay longer than first forecast as Europe remains gripped by hot weather.
By the end of the week and after the two-day heatwave conditions are expected to remain pleasant despite temperatures falling to the mid-teens.
Over the weekend, temperatures are set to stay rather mild and range between 10-17C in the UK – with some scattered showers in eastern parts.
An area of low pressure from Scandinavia had been due to take over by the latter part of the bank holiday weekend, but this could be delayed as high pressure continues to grip Europe.
Heat charts show much of southern Europe turning dark red on Easter Monday – suggesting temperatures could soar above 25C.
The latest maps show the central and southern parts of England turning a shade of orange on Easter Monday, as the UK clings onto rising temperatures on the continent.
The temperature map for the UK suggests the Mercury could remain in the low-teens rather than plummeting into single digits as forecasters initially feared.
In a post on Twitter, The Weather Outlook urged caution on the bleak forecast for cold-weather and suggested things could be on the up.
The weather channel wrote: “GEFS 06z favours a cold northerly in much of the country by Easter Monday, but I still wouldn’t want to bet my chocolate eggs on it.
“Other solutions are possible.”
Temperature charts by Netweather.TV also suggest the UK could see 18C in some parts on Easter Sunday.
Ahead of the four-day weekend, the UK is on course to push a 50-year temperature record for March.
With highs of 24C forecast, it falls just short of the all-time record of 25.6C set in Cambridgeshire in 1968.
Met Office chief meteorologist Steve Ramsdale, said: “The UK will see a few days of notably warm weather to end March, with a maximum of 24C on Wednesday in the south and east of England.
“There will also be plenty of sunshine across England and Wales however parts of Scotland will see some persistent rain over the next couple of days.
“Conditions will start to change through the day on Thursday as cooler air moves in from the northeast, highs will fall to the mid-teens before falling further by Friday, especially along the east coast.
“With pressure building from the north, however, conditions are expected to remain dry for the majority.”
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Netweather.TV forecaster Jo Farrow added: “England and Wales see lockdown restrictions easing slightly and temperatures rising.
“London could see 23C on Tuesday maybe 24C by Wednesday.
“There is high pressure over Europe to start the week which will guide the warmer flow up towards the UK.”
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