UK to bask in 20C sunshine this week as bookies slash odds on hottest April ever

Brits are set to bask in 20C sunshine this week – as bookies slash the odds on the hottest April ever.

Forecasters say the wet and windy misery is about to make way for sunny skies and soaring temperatures.

It will feel like the first taste of summer for much of the UK, with the mercury rising to the late teens and beyond.

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It will come as a relief after days of heavy rain that saw Ladies Day at Aintree become a sea of plastic bags and umbrellas.

ITV weather presenter Phillipa Drew said: “‘It looks as though afternoon temperatures should be comfortably into the mid- perhaps high-teens.

“Locally we could even creep towards 20 Celsius early next week.”

Conditions will be dry and bright today in the south and east, with the sunshine moving north to cover most of the UK tomorrow and Wednesday.

Met Office spokesman Stephen Dixon said: "Things are due to settle down for many areas. It’ll be mostly dry with temperatures above average and locally well above average in some spots.

“After what’s been an unsettled spell, it will finally feel like we are getting into the later part of spring, towards more of a summery regime.

“The temperatures will feel quite pleasant.”

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It comes after bookies Coral slashed the odds from 2-1 to 5-4 on this month breaking UK records for April heat.

The firm makes it 1-2 for 2023 to be the hottest year ever, and 4-5 for the highest temperature of 40.3C being broken this summer.

Spokesman John Hill said: “It is going to feel like spring has finally arrived next week, and with temperatures set to soar, we have cut the odds on this month ending as a record-hot April.”

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