BRITS are basking in sizzling temperatures as large parts of the country enjoy a spell of glorious weather.
Dense fog overnight gave way to sunshine across the south-east of the country and forecasters say it will be hotter than the Costa del Sol, where rain is predicted to fall.
Met Office forecaster Becky Mitchell said: “In southern parts of the country there will be lovely blue skies and warm weather.
“Temperatures will reach 19C in the south-east and possibly even 20C in London. There might be a slight chance of rain in East Anglia but on the whole it will be dry.”
Scotland, Northern Ireland and the northern England will, however, remain cloudy today with the possibility of rain.
Enjoy the sunny weather while it lasts, though, as temperatures are set to drop down to around 13 or 14C in the south and 8-9C in Scotland tomorrow and rest of the week.
A Met Office forecaster said: “Sunday will feel colder, with a frosty Monday with wet and windy weather in the North.
“Tuesday’s showers have some sleet and snow over hills in the North.
“The period is most likely to remain unsettled, with showers heaviest in the North and wintry over hills, with overnight frosts likely.
“It will also become generally windy, with gales possible, especially towards the North-West.”
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But things could get hotter in the second half of April – with temperatures hitting 26C as plumes of warm air travel northwards from Africa.
The Weather Outlook’s Brian Gaze added: “With computer models strongly favouring a warm spring, there is potential for the record for the hottest spring to be challenged.
“Highs of 26C are likely in April. Plumes of warm air from Africa are expected.
“And there is an increased chance of a hot and settled summer due to the trend for more high pressure, which brings hot conditions in summer.”
The three-month outlook from the Met Office says: “For March-April-May as a whole, above-average temperatures are more likely than below-average temperatures.”
The average temperature for April is 11.5C although the highest-ever April temperature in the UK hit 29.4C on April 16, 1949, in London’s Camden Square.
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Bookies have already dropped the odds on it being the hottest spring ever.
Coral has slashed its odds from 4/1 to 5/1.
It has also given odds of 2/1 for next month being the warmest April ever.
The bookmaker also thinks this summer will also be the hottest since records began.
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