The UK is on the cusp of experiencing some warmer weather in its first taste of spring. That’s according to meteorologist Jim Dale, who is predicting highs of up to 18C this weekend. If his predictions come to fruition, it’s likely the south east will see the warmest temperatures as it harnesses warmer air from the continent.
Mr Dale, senior meteorologist at British Weather Services, told Express.co.uk: “It is starting to feel like spring and summer and it probably will start to look like that.
“There is a slight difference of where that centre will be but we are looking at between 17C to 18C, or maybe even 19C – but it might be a slightly colder start at 13C to 14C.
“There’s a lot of dry weather coming, it’ll be like a sumo-summer if you like.”
Looking beyond Easter, according to weather maps on WXCHARTS, the mercury will start its upward trajectory on Monday, March 17, with temperatures lingering in double-digits the week prior.
London and south eastern counties such as Cambridgeshire, Hertfordshire, Essex, Kent and Sussex are set to see highs of 14C during the day with a colder setting at dusk.
But Mr Dale adds that while temperatures will move in the right direction, there will still be a “mixed” period after Easter where varying conditions will be felt across the nation.
“There will be a mixed period but afterwards it will remain mostly dry”, he said. His predictions echo that of the Met Office – as – from April 9 to 19 it says there will be more rain expected.
“Possibly some light rain and drizzle across western areas on Sunday, these conditions being most likely in the far northwest.
“Remaining dry elsewhere, though with a small chance of isolated light showers in the south. Temperatures around average or slightly above, with light winds, but with winds strengthening in the northwest, feeling cooler as a result.”
From mid-April onwards it adds: “Dry, settled conditions are most likely in southern and eastern parts, with winds most likely to be light.
“However, across northern and western areas, there will likely be more in the way of cloudy conditions, presenting a greater chance of wet and windier weather. During this period, temperatures are most likely to be close to average or slightly above.”
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Towards the end of the month, as the nation edges closer to May – one of the warmer months of the year – the Met Office says its confidence remains lower.
But looking at April 19 to May 3 it adds: “Confidence in the forecast remains quite low for the second half of April and early May.
“Generally, a continuation of conditions through mid-April is most likely. However, there is potential for more widely unsettled and perhaps windy weather at first, before settled conditions re-establish later in the month.
“It is most likely that temperatures will be close to or just above average.”
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