Climate Change News
Published on Apr 15, 2018
HOT WEATHER FORECAST: Blast of AFRICAN summer will make April feel like AUGUST this week.
Thermometers will gradually start to rise this weekend with plenty of blue skies and sunshine lifting spirits across the nation.
The mercury could rocket past 25C (77F) in parts next week as a plume of roasting air from Africa and the Continent engulfs the nation.
Some weather charts show a chance of the odd spot touching the 29C (84.2F) mark if the sun is strong enough.
A two-pronged tropical blast will push the mercury more than 15C higher than the 11C (52F) average maximum for the time of year.
Met Office meteorologist Craig Snell said temperatures are likely to hit 18C (64.4F) in the south today with 13C (55.4F) of 14C (57.2F) expected further north.
While tomorrow may be slightly cooler, much of the country will enjoy double-digit highs, he added.
He said: “It looks like today is going to be the better day of the weekend, there is a bit of cloud around but it will gradually burn away.
“We expect it to be much brighter across much of the UK and compared to the last few days and under the clear skies it will fee warmer, especially across the east coast.
“There will be a few showers around and these will turn heavier in places tomorrow.”
The start of next week will see southwesterly tropical maritime air pulled into Britain by a huge area of low pressure swirling in the Atlantic.
A switch to tropical Continental airflow from Wednesday will see drier, easterly winds sweep in from Europe, forecasters say.
High pressure over Europe will build through next week keeping the low pressure to the west at bay bringing largely clear skies across Britain.
A tussle between the two will create a battle ground allowing drier, warmer air to sweep in from the Continent.
Mr Snell said: “There is a deep area of low pressure out in the Atlantic which could bring some wind and rain to Scotland and Northern Ireland.
“The weather is not looking bad but the really sunny skies will come from mid-week onwards and we expect temperatures in the 20Cs.
“High pressure to the east will start to build creating a bit of a battle ground with low pressure the the west.
Once we get rid of the rain on Sunday it looks pretty dry for the rest of the week.”
Some forecasters say April records could topple next week with thermometers potentially creeping into the high 20Cs.
Exacta Weather’s James Madden said: “Temperatures could soar into the low 20Cs at the very least from Wednesday onwards as southerly winds prevail .
“Southern parts of the country could see maximum temperatures exceeding the mid to high 20Cs in the best of the sunshine.
There is an increasing chance that we could see or go close to the all time maximum day temperature for April being broken.”
Sarah Thornton, meteorologist with online forecasting service weather trending, next week could bring the warmest spell of weather since last summer.
She said: “The last time we saw [25C] was last August.
“There will be a bit of a switch in wind direction and that’s the key, it’s going break the cloud up, the cloud will recede and we will get some nice, warm, wafting air slowly feeding up towards us.
There is an increasing chance that we could see or go close to the all time maximum day temperature for April being broken
James Madden, Exacta Weather
Sarah Satya Sammy, meteorologist for The Weather Company, added: “Over the next week, high pressure will become dominant over Europe, centred over southern Scandinavia and extending towards Iberia.
“At the same time a slow moving area of low pressure, located south of Iceland will move closer toward Europe.
“The south-westerly flow between the established high pressure and the incoming low pressure will bring a flow of warmer air.”