BBC Weather: UK set for warmer temperatures and cloud
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Strong winds and heavy rain have smashed into the UK in recent weeks, with below-average temperatures also gripping the nation. But the latest weather maps reveal a sharp 19C plume of hot air sweeping across the country heading into April. The temperature anomaly map from WXCHARTS for the next week shows the UK remaining orange and even turning blue as bitterly cold temperatures continue to linger over much of the country.
This takes a turn for the worst next Friday, when the map quickly turns dark blue as freezing air sweeps over the Atlantic across Ireland, and into England and Wales.
However next Saturday, the chart dramatically changes, with warmer air covering the UK, driving temperatures up and beginning to turn the map bright red in a welcome relief for tens of millions of Britons.
The positive trends continues at pace into Sunday March 28, with England and Wales rapidly turning red throughout the course of the day.
By the following morning on Monday, almost all of the UK map is covered by dark red shades, as a result of a warm plume of air that will see temperatures surging towards 20C.
The latest weather maps from WXCHARTS also show maximum temperatures quickly increasing following an unusually cold week for this time of year.
Temperatures are set to surge 15C in London and parts of East Anglia, as well as 14C across large southern parts of the country and as high as 13C in the northeast.
Tuesday, March 30 will see maximum temperatures dip slightly to a low of 13C in London and 12C across the Midlands and south coast.
But in another boost for tens of millions of Brits as the country heads towards Easter, the mercury is forecast to surge again.
Maximum temperatures in London are forecast to edge up to 15C on the afternoon of Wednesday, March 31, falling to as low as 11C for more of the country.
However, the mercury is set to surge on the first day of next month, with the latest weather maps by Netweather showing maximum temperatures hitting 19C around London.
It looks set to be warm throughout the bottom half of England and Wales, with the mercury remaining well into double figures.
Maximum temperatures are forecast to only edge down slightly to around 17C in areas around the capital, with large parts of the Midlands basking in 15C heat and Wales dipping just a degree lower at 14C.
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The Met Office has forecast temperatures that will be “near to or a little above average” next towards the end of this month, but also warned, “although short-lived cooler interludes could occur in the showery conditions following any weather fronts”.
However, at the start of April, a band of high pressure could sweep throughout the country, that will see most of the UK experience “settled conditions”.
This could be followed by “drier than average and brighter conditions, with temperatures likely to be above average in the days following.
The Met Office said in its weather forecast for April 2-16: “At the start of this period, unsettled and changeable conditions are likely to continue across northwestern areas.
“However, high pressure may spread northwards through early April, which will bring a period of settled conditions for most.
“Following this, drier than average and brighter conditions may prevail, with areas away from the far northwest of the country receiving below average rainfall.
“Temperatures will mostly be around average or above, with any cooler periods likely to be short-lived, and mostly across northern areas.”
For the week from March 29 until April 4, Netweather has warned of some heavy showers and possible thunder, with temperatures becoming “much colder”.
But warmer temperatures are forecast to make a quick welcome return, with conditions turning “drier and sunnier at the end of the period with milder more spring-like days”.
Netweather said in its forecast: “Showers locally heavy with a risk of thunder. Mild at first then turning much colder possibly even wintry from the North.
“Some sleet or snow possible in the North and East chiefly on hills.
“Perhaps turning drier and sunnier at the end of the period with milder more spring-like days.”
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