Record-breaking heat tipped for April but drought fears loom

UK weather: Further wet conditions forecast by Met Office

Britons can look forward to a drier April this year following last month’s rain deluge, weather forecasters have said. March was the wettest it has been since 1981, according to the Met Office. But the coming month kickstarts a long-range trend of milder conditions, with “plenty of dry weather ahead”. The forecasts come with the added risk that the country is plunged back into drought due to a “dry sequence of months”.

According to Ian Simpson, a forecaster with Netweather, the drier conditions should give people a pleasant Easter break.

While it remains broadly dry across the country, some Britons will see their days become overcast from Wednesday, April 5, with “one or two bands of rain” drifting over northwest England.

From then, “high pressure” will cause temperatures to rise into the weekend.

Mr Simpson said the weather would become “favourable for outdoor activities going into April” and “predominantly dry and settled” for April 8 and 9.


Netweather’s monthly breakdown added that the month could prove “considerably drier than average” for a “large majority of the country”.

The forecast said that “sunshine totals” could rise “well above normal” in Scotland, Northern Ireland and northwest England.

The Met Office has issued a similar prediction, with the agency’s long-range forecast for April 7 to 16 anticipating “fine and dry weather”.

The forecast adds that sunny spells will become “increasingly common with time”.

A sunny April would mean the month serves a stark comparison to March. In a recent analysis, the Met Office found that last month was the wettest in more than four decades.

The agency recorded the most rain since 1981, with Wales seeing 197.5mm (7.7 inches), England seeing 111.3mm (4.3 inches), Northern Ireland seeing 137.4mm (5.4 inches), and Scotland recording 128.7mm (5 inches).

Altogether, the totals were 91 percent more than average for England and Wales, 58 percent more in Northern Ireland, and three percent in Scotland.

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For April, the Met Office said temperatures should stay “near normal or slightly above” but could “drop quickly under any clear skies after dark”.

Recent odds released by betmakers Ladbrokes suggest that April 2023 could become the warmest on record.

With temperatures rising, the firm has cut odds from 5/1 to 3/1.

Alex Apati of Ladbrokes said: “We’ve already been forced to slash odds on this being a record-breaking hot April, with temperatures finally heading in the right direction.”

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