Published On: Mon, Apr 15th, 2019

HOT weather forecast: Britain to be hit by SIX WEEK HEATWAVE starting with Easter SCORCHER | Weather | News

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Two colossal regions of high pressure will converge at the end of this week opening the floodgates to a swathe of tropical air to flood in from the Continent and the Azores Islands off the coast of Portugal. Temperatures will rocket more than 10C higher than average for the end of April as experts predict Good Friday will be the hottest day of the year so far. Meteorological forecast models suggest parts of the country will bake in around 10 hours of unbroken sunshine at times this weekend.

They largely agree on sweltering conditions holding out through the Easter weekend amid long-range predictions for weeks of hot weather to follow.

Thermometers will rocket ‘day by day’ this week hitting a summer-like 24C (75F) by Good Friday, according to some temperature charts.

Met Office meteorologist Sophie Yeomans said: “Through to the end of the week it is going to get brighter and by Wednesday it will be sunny widely across the UK.

“Good Friday shows signs of turning out to be a pretty decent day with temperatures reaching into the 20Cs, it is going to get warmer day by day through the week.

“There is a bit of uncertainly in the forecast for the rest of the weekend but many models are going for warm, dry and sunny weather to hold out with similar temperatures to Friday.

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UK weather forecast: Britain is facing a six-week heatwave (Image: WXCHARTS)

“There is high pressure over Scandinavia and Norway which will bring tropical continental air up from the Mediterranean, Italy, and that region.

“This high will work with another area of high pressure which to the southwest of the UK and close to the Azores, this is going to keep things settled and adding a southwesterly influence to the flow of air.

“There is still a lot to play for in terms of a definitive outlook for the weekend, but some of the models are going with warm and dry weather through Easter.”

Friday is expected to be the hottest day of the year so far smashing the 21.2C (70.16F) set at Kew, London, in February.

It is also likely to beat the 23C (73.4F) recorded last Good Friday although Easter fell in March when temperatures were generally lower.

Weather models reveal the mercury hitting a balmy 24C (75.2F) in parts of the country this weekend with highs touching 20C (68F) or above around the UK.

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UK weather forecast: Hot weather is forecast for large parts of the UK (Image: WXCHARTS)

Meteorological charts also predict southeastern and eastern England will enjoy 80 per cent of the maximum sunshine expected for the time of year – around 10 hours.

John Hammond, meteorologist for online forecasting service Weathertrending, said temperatures will start to rise from mid-week.

It will follow a chilly and at times rainy couple of days before bitter easterly winds give way to a warmer Continental airflow from Wednesday, he added.

He said: “There is going to be quite a transformation in our weather and I suspect by the end of the week I will just be wearing a t-shirt.

“It is going to get a lot warmer at long last, we start the week with easterly winds and we will end the week with easterly winds, the key is the source of the winds by the end of the week which will be well south across Europe and the Mediterranean, hence that rise in temperatures.

“Eventually a band of rain across central areas will break up and we will be left with some cloud, but by Wednesday most of us will be dry and that’s when the warmth begins to build.

“It’s really the second half of the week when we will se increasing amounts of sunshine and increasing temperatures as well.

“Some places, especially across central and western parts by the end of the week will get into the low 20Cs, which will be the warmest weather of the year so far.”

Some long-range forecasters reckon this weekend will just be the start of a long, hot run up to summer.

The Met Office’s 30-day outlook predicts a growing chance of dry, sunny weather through the start of May with temperatures unlikely to take another chilly plunge.

A spokesman said: “On balance, there is a slightly greater chance that some longer dry spells are likely for most places.

“There will however be some brief, more changeable interludes for all parts.

“Temperatures into May will probably be near or slightly above average.”

Exacta Weather forecaster James Madden reckons further periods of sweltering warmth will bake Britain through next month and into the start of summer.

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UK weather forecast: Hot temperatures are forecast across Britain and Ireland (Image: WXCHARTS)

While there will be a risk of cooler, wetter interludes, forecasts point towards further bouts of late-spring heat he added.

He said: “Later in April we are likely to see some further potentially substantial warm spells and these will continue at times through May.

“This will pave the way for what could be a warm start to summer, although this comes with some caveats sue to deviations in the jet stream.”

Eleanor Bell, meteorologist for The Weather Company, said Britain is about to enjoy ‘plenty of sunshine’ with temperatures to hit a sizzling peak over the weekend.

She said: “Temperatures are expected to rise above normal across the British Isles this week peaking over the Easter weekend for the British Isles.

“A drier end to the week is expected with high pressure over Scandinavia ridging westwards across Britain.

“Plenty of sunshine is expected for Good Friday with maximum temperatures expected to lift into the high teens to low 20Cs widely.

“On Saturday high pressure will remain in charge with another dry day with variable cloud amounts and temperatures again lifting into the low 20Cs, locally 23C will be possible.”

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