BBC Weather: Carol Kirkwood warns of scorching temperatures before UK faces weekend chill
On Tuesday and Wednesday temperatures will slowly pick up for many but strong gales will cause it to still feel on the colder side. BBC Weather forecaster Carol Kirkwood warned, however, as temperatures go up from Thursday and winds lighten, it will begin to feel hot again.
She warned temperatures could reach up to 25C for many in the south before dropping again into the teens over the weekend.
The BBC forecaster said: “On Thursday, high pressure still in charge but look at the isobars opening up.
“Winds will be much lighter so it’s going to feel a bit warmer as a result.
“On Thursday itself we’ll start with a few mist patches around. Clouds across the north-west Scotland will slowly slop southwards to a narrow band, so it won’t be in any one place for very long.
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“Temperatures 11C to about 23C but somewhere in the south could reach 24C or indeed 25C.
“In the lighter winds, along the eastern coast it won’t feel as chilly.
“But as we head-on into the weekend the trend is for the temperatures to come down but there will still be a lot of dry weather around.”
Some reports have suggested the UK could near over 300-year-old records. BBC Weather forecaster, Simon King, responded to reports that this month could go down as the ‘Hottest April since 1659’.
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He wrote on Twitter: “Some tabloids this morning report it being the ‘Hottest April since 1659’. Central England Temperature is a series that goes all the way back to 1659.
“April 2020 currently running at fifth in this record. Warm week to come so could definitely be one of the warmest.”
Speaking to Express.co.uk, the Met Office added the UK would likely see “wall to wall sunshine” for much of this week.
The Met Office’s Bonnie Diamond said: “It’s going to be a week of wall to wall sunshine for much of the country, very little rainfall. Temperatures warming up day on day.
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“By Thursday we could see highs of low 20C and reaching 24C on Thursday and possibly Friday.
“I wouldn’t rule out the likes of Greater London areas and southern regions even reaching 25C.”
Asked whether this week could see the hottest day of the year, beating the 26.0C recorded in Treknow, Cornwall on April 10, Ms Diamond said: “Although 26C might be a bit of a push – it’s not impossible with light winds and sun-traps.”
She added: “Likely Friday is going to be a similarly warm day but as we head towards the weekend, we are likely to lose the southwesterly wind and a return to less warm temperatures and more in the way of unsettled conditions.”
The Met Office’s long-range forecast from Friday, April 24 to Sunday, May 3, suggests the warm and dry conditions are likely to continue, with an added “risk of thunder and lightning”.
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