UK weather LIVE – Temperatures soar to 19C today as Brits enjoy mini-heatwave on second weekend of freedom

TEMPERATURES are to soar to 19C today as Brits enjoy a mini-heatwave on their second weekend of freedom.

Most of the UK can look forward to a sunny and "remarkably dry" day on Saturday.

This year has seen one of the driest Aprils on record, with Britain experiencing less than a fifth of the month's average rainfall so far.

April has seen just 18 per cent of its usual 70 per cent of the rainfall that would have already fallen.

Next weekend will be a LOT warmer, however, with a Bank Holiday heatwave causing temperatures to surge as high as 32C, forecasters have predicted.

And thanks to the climate pattern La Nina, the UK could be in for an absolutely scorching summer with experts saying it could be the hottest summer for a decade with sustained high temperatures.

Read all the latest weather news and updates in our live blog below…

  • Niamh Cavanagh

    SATURDAY SAILING

    A solitary Wing Boarder sets out to sea in the breezy conditions at Winchelsea beach in East Sussex.

    Credit: Alamy
    Credit: Alamy
  • Niamh Cavanagh

    ODDS CUT ON HOTTEST MAY ON RECORD IN THE UK

    Leading bookmaker Coral has cut the odds on next month being the hottest May on record to 6-4 (from 3-1) as forecasts suggest temperatures are set to rise again in the early stages of next month.

    The firm go 4-5 for 2021 to be the hottest summer of all time, while it is 5-4 for the UK to have the hottest ever bank holiday Monday next month.

    "With the mercury set to rise again next week, the prospects of a glorious May this year are increasing all the time. We've slashed the odds on the month being a record-breaker," said Coral's John Hill.

    "It's good news for those hoping for nice weather over the bank holiday weekend as the odds suggest we could be set for record hot temperatures across the long weekend," added Hill.

  • Niamh Cavanagh

    NEXT WEEKEND TO BE A SCORCHER

    Brits will be able to enjoy a pint in the sun as next weekend will be a lot warmer, with a possible bank-holiday heatwave causing temperatures to surge as high as 32C, forecasters have predicted.

    The warm weather comes as the UK is set for the warmest summer "from the past ten years," according to experts.

    Met Office meteorologist Simon Partridge told The Sun: "It will be a very settled period with lots of sunshine — but still getting cold overnight.

    "Going into May, temperatures will rise a little bit but the weather will start to become more changeable later on."

  • Niamh Cavanagh

    SUNNY BRITAIN COULD BE WARMER THAN CORFU TODAY

    Britain is set to be warmer than Corfu today as 19C sunshine is expected.

    The Met Office says today it’ll be "dry with hazy sunshine for most" and "warm across western areas".

    UK weather forecast: Weekend will be hotter than CRETE with 15C temperatures

  • Niamh Cavanagh

    EARLY MORNING WALKIES

    Dog walkers catch the good weather this morning at St Ives in Cornwall.

    Credit: Lee Thomas
    Credit: Lee Thomas
  • Niamh Cavanagh

    MET OFFICE – FORECAST TODAY

    Another chilly start and then another fine, dry and bright day with plenty of sunshine for most.

    Mainly light winds, but breezy in the far south.

    Cooler than yesterday in the east and northeast, elsewhere similar temperatures and feeling pleasant.

  • Niamh Cavanagh

    VET WARNING FOR PET OWNERS DURING WARM WEATHER

    A warning went out to sunseekers today after vets in the West Country had to give life-saving emergency treatment to six pet dogs that were bitten by adders.

    The hot weather has lured Britain's only species of poisonous snake out of winter hibernation and they're basking in the sunshine.

    Penmellyn Vet Group in Cornwall said six pet dogs have been admitted to their hospital in St Columb the last five days after being bitten by adders. They warned that a walk with an inquisitive dog can end up at the vets.

    Hattie Algar, one of the nurses, advised "Keep your dog on a lead, especially if you're walking in sand dunes or grassland. Keep your eyes to the ground and if you do see any black and white snakes do give them a very wide berth."

  • Hana Carter

    UK COULD BASK IN 31C TEMPERATURES THANKS TO LA NINA

    Some meteorologists said the UK could hit highs of 31C in two weeks due to a weather pattern called La Nina – bringing a wave of optimism as Brits enjoy eased lockdown restrictions.

    Met Office spokesperson Graheme Madge said this had subsided and that temperatures at the start of May were looking uncertain – and it is too early to predict how hot it will get.

    La Nina, a climate pattern, will play a large part in the potential spike in warm weather in the coming months.

  • Hana Carter

    OUTLOOK FOR SUNDAY TO TUESDAY

    Met Office: Dry with plenty of sunshine Sunday, although a little cloudier in the east.

    Staying mainly fine in the south, but turning more unsettled elsewhere with rain and showers. Turning cooler.

  • Hana Carter

    BRIGHT IN BRIGHTON

    Revellers soaked up the sunshine on Brighton beach
  • Hana Carter

    SATURDAY FORECAST

    Plenty of sunshine in most places, and feeling warm in the west.

    Some patchy cloud in the northeast, and feeling chilly along North Sea coasts. Remaining windy in the southwest.

  • Hana Carter

    WARMEST SUNSHINE ON SATURDAY?

  • Hana Carter

    ‘ONE OF THE DRIEST APRILS’

    Mr Madge said this month will probably have been quite “challenging” for crop growers as it has been quite cold as well as dry.

    He added: “I think there is a good chance that if the month continues in line with the forecast that we are going to be in line for seeing this as one of the driest Aprils.”

    Mr Madge said it is probably going to be in the top 10, taking into account every April since 1862.

    “I can’t see us getting another 18mm of rain. I can’t see us getting more than we’ve already had in the last eight days of the month.”

  • Hana Carter

    ‘NO SIGNIFICANT RAINFALL’

    Grahame Madge, climate spokesman at the Met Office, said: “Really for the rest of the month there isn’t any signal for significant rainfall.”

    He said there may be some rain in the middle part of next week, but added: “That’s not necessarily going to do anything to top up these figures and get us anywhere near average.

    “So I think we recognise that obviously with eight or so days to go April is going to be a very dry month.”

  • Hana Carter

    EVENING AND TONIGHT FORECAST

    Dry with clear skies for most.

    Turning chilly with a touch of frost in places. Some low cloud and isolated fog patches forming across parts of Scotland and eastern England.

    Windy in southwest England.

  • Hana Carter

    BOOZERS IN BLOSSOM

    People enjoy drinks in the sunshine at the Fox on the Hill pub in South LondonCredit: Chris Eades
  • Hana Carter

    SWIMMERS IN THE SKY

    A swimmer enjoys a sky pool across two residential blocks in South LondonCredit: PA

     

  • Hana Carter

    CHILLY DAYS IN THE EAST

  • Hana Carter

    MET OFFICE FORECAST FOR SATURDAY TO TUESDAY

    • Saturday:

    Dry with hazy sunshine for most, perhaps some patchy low cloud along North Sea coasts of Scotland and northeast England.

    Warm across western areas, but feeling cooler in the east.

    • Sunday to Tuesday:

    Dry with plenty of sunshine on Sunday, although a little cloudier in the east.

    Staying fine in the south, but turning more unsettled elsewhere with rain and showers spreading southeast.

    TROPICAL STORM EXPECTED OVER TANZANIA

    SUN SEEKERS ENJOY THE BEACH

    • Joseph Gamp

      BRITS COULD SWELTER IN 31C HEATWAVE OVER MAY BANK HOLIDAY DUE TO LA NINA WEATHER SYSTEM

      BRITS could swelter in a 31C heatwave predicted for the May bank holiday as summer winds may blow in from the south, according to some forecasters.

      High pressure from the continent is forecast to sweep hot air across Britain bringing with it scorching weather to kick off the month of May.

      Read more here.

    • Joseph Gamp

      MET OFFICE WEEKEND WEATHER FORECAST: DRY WITH SUNNY SPELLS FOR MOST

    • Joseph Gamp

      MET OFFICE LONG RANGE WEATHER FORECAST APRIL 27 – MAY 6

      “A settled regime will likely be in place across much of the country at first with high pressure likely to be centred to the west or northwest of the UK,” the Met Office said.

      “However, there is the threat of some rain and a few showers in the north and east, as well as the chance of some rain moving up from the south and affecting southern parts of the country later.

      “Throughout this period, there is also a continued threat of rural frost and patchy fog where winds fall light.

      “Temperatures are quite uncertain depending on where the area of high pressure resides, particularly in the east where temperatures are likely to struggle above average.

      “Warmer days are most likely to be further inland towards the south and west.”

    • Joseph Gamp

      ‘NO SIGNIFICANT RAINFALL’ FOR THE REST OF APRIL, SAYS MET OFFICE FORECASTER

      Grahame Madge, climate spokesman at the Met Office, said: “Really for the rest of the month there isn’t any signal for significant rainfall.”

      He said there may be some rain in the middle part of next week, but added: “That’s not necessarily going to do anything to top up these figures and get us anywhere near average.

      “So I think we recognise that obviously with eight or so days to go April is going to be a very dry month.”

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