While the UK has been under lockdown, Brits have been heeding the Government’s advice to stay at home. Over some weekends in April the UK witnessed temperature highs of more than 20C. Although forecasters are not currently predicting such heat this weekend, the end of April could prove to be much warmer than the current temperatures.
Global weather patterns are currently “really interesting”, according to Severe Weather Europe, which explained how a ridge is dividing Europe into two temperature poles.
The forecast reads: “The May forecast starts the month on a very dynamic note as well.
“The low-pressure systems are fragmented across the hemisphere, creating a very unstable and wavy jet stream.
“The exception is the jet stream across the United States, which is more zonally (west-east) oriented.
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“A ridge across the United States will bring warmer temperatures into the country, but a new cold front will already be descending from the north.
“A strong ridge will expand from the Azores into western Europe, bringing a warmer airmass into the region.
“At the same time, it helps to pull colder air into eastern Europe, dividing Europe into two temperature regions.”
As a result, some parts of Europe could be in for some much warmer weather by the end of the weekend.
BBC forecaster Phil Avery said: “Over the weekend, into the start of next, I think we’ll see a plume of heat gradually working its way up through Iberia, may even touch 30 degrees in some locations.
“It even begins to warm up in Moscow eventually.”
As a result, the UK is forecast to see much warmer weather over the coming weekend.
WXCHARTS weather maps, which use data from MetDesk, show warmer weather across the UK, but particularly in the south of England.
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According to one chart, some parts of East Anglia could see highs of 15C on Sunday.
While in lockdown the UK has witnessed multiple spells of good weather, prompting the Met Office to provisionally declare this April the sunniest on record.
The Met Office explained: “Between the 1st and 27th of April 215.8 hours of sunshine have been recorded, 46 percent above the average for April, and beating the previous record set in 2015 of 211.9 hours of sunshine.
“This has been the result of persistent high-pressure systems over or close to the UK resulting in an extended spell of fine, dry and sunny weather since late March.”
The official statistics for April will be released on May 1.
Met Office 5 Day Forecast
This Evening and Tonight:
“Further showers, some heavy with a risk of hail and thunder, this evening, although some clear spells developing tonight, leading to a touch of frost and a few fog patches in parts of Scotland and far north of England.”
“Sunny spells and showers for most areas, these heavy at times across northern and eastern areas, but lengthier drier spells towards the south with more in the way of sunshine.”
Outlook for Saturday to Monday:
“Sunny spells Saturday with showers in the north and east.
“Cloudy with rain in the far south Sunday, sunny spells elsewhere with showers in the north. Most places fine Monday.”
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