Much of Britain basked in summery conditions last month with temperatures over Easter weekend hitting 25C. And thermometers are expected to rocket once again this week, with forecasters claiming temperatures could hit 25C once again on Friday. The warm weather is expected to rise northwards from the Spanish region, where it has broken temperature records in the past few days – before baking the country.
Britons will be able to enjoy the sunshine in their gardens on balconies on bank holiday Friday, this year marking the 75th VE Day anniversary.
Forecasters have said temperatures will start to pick up this week – before peaking on Friday.
BBC Weather forecaster Ben Rich said: “There are some dramatic swings in temperatures to come this week.
“Initially temperatures will be heading upwards.
“This weather set up with low pressure to the west and high pressure drifting to the east – allows us to tap into some warm temperatures from the south.
“We have had record-breaking temperatures for the time of year in parts of Spain, and southern France through this week and some of that will be dragged into our direction.”
The BBC Weather forecaster claimed temperatures could reach 22C on Thursday as they increase this week.
Looking towards Friday, he added: “A lot of fine weather around, some spells of sunshine.
“We see some patchy rain into northern Scotland – and where southern parts will get up to 25C, it will start to feel cool in the far north.”
Mr Rich, however, did warn in a big shift in the weather towards the weekend – as Arctic air drifts southwards across Britain.
Brian Gaze, forecaster for the Weather Outlook, said Wednesday would see a continuation of a “risk of rain in the far South West” while “elsewhere it will be dry with sunny periods”.
Mr Gaze added in the “afternoon sunshine it feels warm”.
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There are some dramatic swings in temperatures to come this week
BBC Weather forecaster Ben Rich
Moving towards the end of the week, the forecaster insisted that temperatures would begin to rise.
He said: “Thursday and Friday bring warm sunny periods to much of the country. However, showers bubble up with the heaviest ones probably in the north and west.”
Temperature charts by Netweather claim thermometers will peak at 24C on Friday.
While the Met Office suggest temperatures will nudge towards 25C on Saturday in Britain.
Met Office spokeswoman Nichola Maxey told Express.co.uk: “In the South East we can expect to see temperatures reach 24C on Friday.
“Friday is going to be quite a warm day. Saturday will see something similar with highs of 25C in the south of the country. Most places will be a nice warm day in the mid-20s.”
But, the Met Office note that temperatures will quickly fall away at the weekend.
The Met Office outlook for Thursday to Saturday, reads: “Turning increasingly cloudy, showery, and warm from the southwest.
“More organised rain developing across Scotland then coming south on Saturday with markedly colder conditions; wintry showers for the far northeast.”
Some leading bookmakers have slashed odds on this spring to go down as the hottest on record.
Alex Apati of Ladbrokes said: “This could go down as a record-breaking hot spring if the latest odds are anything to go by.”
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