UK heatwave: Blazing temperatures before weekend washout – latest weather forecast

Hot weather has continued since the weekend, with the mercury reaching 22C on Sunday. The Met Office has said temperatures are again above average for Tuesday, and will be even warmer on Wednesday.

Grahame Madge, a spokesperson for the Met Office, said: “There is potential for 21C – possibly in London or somewhere in the south-east – today.”

“And tomorrow we might see an isolated 23C, which is obviously a lot higher than we would expect at this time of year.”

Despite the warm weather, the forecasters have been reminding Britons to stay home, as the UK continues to be in lockdown.

Lockdown measures are in place to combat the spread of coronavirus with cases continuing to grow across Britain.

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Some in the UK have been spotted flouting the rules this past weekend – sunbathing in parks, visiting beaches and not abiding by Government guidelines.

Health Secretary Matt Hancock has threatened to impose stricter measures if the rules are not adhered to.

This weekend brings Easter bank holiday, with some enjoying a four-day break.

However, the high temperatures may not remain this weekend, with unsettled conditions on the way.

Mr Madge said from Thursday, the weather will become “more unsettled” and over the weekend bring the potential for showers.

This evening will see dry weather with some good clear spells.

Across Scotland and heading to the south, there could be cloudier conditions which may perhaps head into Northern Ireland.

The could bring little light rain. The odd shower could also be seen in parts of the south.

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On Wednesday, conditions will be dry and fine for most and again feel warm.

A few heavy showers may develop in parts of southern England.

Over Scotland and Northern Ireland it will be cloudier with some spots of rain.

Heading into Thursday and towards the bank holiday weekend, the Met Office forecasts conditions will be mostly dry and warm in central and southern areas with hazy sunshine.

However, it will turn more unsettled with rain and showers in the north and west on Friday and elsewhere during Saturday.

With the hot weather, bookmakers Ladbrokes have cut odds on this month seeing the hottest April day ever recorded.

The record currently stands at 29.4C, set in 1949, but the bookies have slashed odds from 8/1 to just 3/1 for this temperature to be surpassed before the month is out.

Ladbrokes spokesman Alex Apati said: “We’re anticipating record-breaking sunshine over the next few weeks and it now looks likely a new high-temperature for April could be set.”

Met Office long-range forecast

Sunday, April 12 to Tuesday, April 21

After an unsettled start to the week with showers across central and southern parts there should be a return to drier and brighter conditions with plenty of sunshine especially across the south.

Some rain is still possible at times over parts of northern Scotland.

Towards the end of the period it is likely that the drier weather will prevail, however, they may be spells of wet and windy weather at times.

These more changeable periods are more likely across southern England with northwestern areas seeing the best of the drier conditions.

Likely to see a large day and night variation in temperature with mild days giving way to chilly nights and a risk of frost in the north.

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