UK weather forecast: Britain braced for 72F blast as mini-heatwave turns map red – chart

UK weather: Met Office forecasts warmer temperatures

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Maximum temperatures will today rise to as high as 19C across large parts of southern England, with other areas comfortably in the mid-teens. But the mercury is set to surge higher tomorrow, increasing hope of a mini heatwave leading up to the long Easter weekend. Large parts of Britain will bask in glorious sunshine on Tuesday, with temperatures hitting 23C in London.  Many southern areas will make it into the low-20s, dipping only slightly below that in other surrounding areas.

This mini heatwave will continue into Tuesday, with the mercury hitting 22C in London, according to BBC Weather, with most of the country set to continue enjoying the hot weather.

New weather maps from WXCHARTS showing Britain turning red, indicating a stream of hot air.

The forecaster’s temperature anomaly chart, indicating the difference in temperature to the average expected at this time of year, shows the country turn blood red.

This indicates higher temperatures than usually expected at the end of March.

The Met Office said tomorrow will be an “exceptionally warm day; likely the hottest day of the year so far for many”.

The forecaster added Wednesday will be “another very warm day across much of England and Wales, especially in the south-east”, although it will begin to feel cooler as the week progresses.

The Met Office said: “Tomorrow will be an exceptionally warm day; likely the hottest day of the year so far for many.

“Lots of cloud and further rain in north-west Scotland.

“Wednesday will be another very warm day across much of England and Wales, especially in the south-east.

“A chillier feel in the north however as colder air moves in from the north, with some light spells of rain here.

“Thursday will be a widely dry and bright day, albeit for a few showers in the far north.

“Feeling cooler on Friday with some northerly breezes, but largely dry.”

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BBC Weather has forecast that while Scotland will not be so lucky with the warmer weather, it will become “very warm inland England and Wales”.

Wednesday will see dry and sunny spells, and will be “very warm in the south”.

The forecast said for Tuesday: “Rain in north of Scotland and some low cloud and fog affecting Irish Sea coasts.

“Elsewhere, dry with long sunny periods developing and becoming very warm inland England and Wales.

Looking ahead for Wednesday to Friday, BBC Weather said: “Rain in the north edging south and easing on Wednesday. Otherwise dry with sunny spells.

“Very warm in the south on Wednesday, becoming cooler from the north.”

Netweather senior forecaster Jo Farrow said temperatures could soar to as high as 23C in London on Tuesday and even 24C in the capital on Wednesday.

She said: “There is high pressure over Europe to start the week which will guide the warmer flow up towards the UK.

“The winds ease over southern England today and for many areas, it will be fine and dry with sunshine.

“For Northern Ireland temperatures will be in the teens, Belfast up to 17C but other areas further north and west sticking at 13 or 14C.

“For England and Wales also 13 to 17C with eastern Britain seeing the higher values with 18 or 19C likely in a few posts including for London.”

Looking ahead to Tuesday, the senior forecaster added: “A glorious sunny, warm day for much of England and Wales.

“Temperatures in the mid to high teens with central, eastern areas and the SE inland seeing 20 to 23C.

“Bit of breeze from the S or SE for Devon and Cornwall and still the SW flow off the Irish Sea bringing low cloud and dampness to Cumbria, Dumfries& Galloway and Isle of Man coastline.

“Northern Ireland will have a fair day with temperatures of 14 to 18C but cooler for Scotland.

“During Tuesday night the frontal band in the north begins to edge southwards. This will bring rain to more of Scotland, Northern Ireland and Cumbria and temperatures fall for Scotland but ahead of it, another fine day.

“More widely into the low 20s for England and possibly 24C for London.”

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