UK weather: Hottest day of the year so far confirmed thanks to ‘mini-heatwave’

People are set to head to the beaches with sunshine ‘up and down the country’ and temperatures will build on Friday’s peak

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Temperatures have reached 19.3C, making it the hottest day of the year so far for the UK, BBC Weather says.

The warm temperature was recorded at Kinlochewe, making it the warmest day of the year so far for both Scotland and the UK.

People are set to head to the beaches with sunshine “up and down the country” and temperatures will build on Friday’s peak.

BBC weather forecaster Chris Fawkes said: “Our settled weather is due to this big area of high pressure.

“We do have a weather front coming in on Sunday and Monday, very weak affair, could bring an odd shower but the emphasis nevertheless remains on an extended run of dry weather with lots of sunshine in the forecast as well. It is going to be mild for the time of year.”

A sunbather enjoying the sunny springtime weather today in Greenwich Park, London


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BBC weather colleague Helen Willetts said that there may be some frost first thing in the morning on Saturday but after that it will feel “really quite warm”.

The Met Office also said the mercury could hit 20C in north-west Scotland and the Moray coast on Saturday, beating Friday’s high of 17.5C recorded in the West Sussex village of Wiggonholt.

A high pressure system is bringing the hot weather from the continent



Met Office forecaster Alex Deakin “A cracking day on Saturday if you like sunny skies, there are plenty of blue skies up and down the land thanks to high pressure.”

He said that the hottest temperatures are set to be in Scotland where it could hit 20C.

“Temperatures will be well above average inland in the sunshine … 16C, 17C maybe in Cardiff and Glasgow,” said Mr Deakin.

People walking their dogs on a bright morning on Wimbledon Common


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“That breeze though will be more noticeable on the east coast, even here the temperatures are above average but feeling a little fresher 11C or 12C compared to Friday’s values.

“The top temperature actually likely to be across the Highlands of Scotland where we could easily get to 19C or possibly squeak up to 20C for the first time this year.”

If 20C is reached it will be the first time the mercury has risen that high since October, according to forecasters.

Met Office meteorologist Annie Shuttleworth said: “Today lots of areas will be seeing a very warm day for March, especially in north-west Scotland and parts of the Moray coast. We could see temperatures up to 20C in that area this afternoon.

“Away from that we’re likely to see temperatures of the mid to high teens, so highs of about 15C in London, and then in more western areas, so the north coast of Devon and Cornwall and the north coast of Wales, we can see more like 16C or 17C in those areas.

“It’s because we’ve got high pressure bringing wall-to-wall sunshine for much of the UK today.

“Having said that, for some southern and eastern areas of the UK it is feeling a little bit cooler than it did yesterday because of a stronger breeze, and sea temperatures aren’t that warm at the moment.”

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