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UK weekend weather LIVE – Met Office say London could see highs of 20C TODAY as wintry showers forecast for next week

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BRITAIN is set for another spring scorcher today as temperatures look set to rise with London expected to be hotter than Madrid.

According to the Met Office, London could see heat of 20C making the capital four degrees warmer than the Spanish capital Madrid – which is forecast to see temperatures of 16C today.

Meanwhile, it has also been confirmed that Sunday will see “sunny spells and scattered showers” in the east and south.

It added that conditions will be “breezy through the weekend” but it will be “rather warm in the south and west, but colder by Monday”.

Weather forecasts from WXCharts also show a large plume of snow sweeping in over Scotland and northern England on Thursday 5 May.

High winds of up to 62km/h (39mph) will then move across the country on Friday 6 May, while western and northern parts can expect speeds of 75km/h on Saturday 7 May.

The Met Office meanwhile anticipates a more modest phase of changeable weather to see in the new month, with their long range weather forecast from Wednesday 27 April to Friday 6 May reading: “Most areas remaining dry, but showers possible in the north, and later the far south. Likely to be breezy in the southwest, and the south at times.”

And, to top it all off, the mercury is forecast to plunge to -3C next week.

Met Office forecaster Tom Morgan told the Express that “some rural spots” could even see lows of -3C in overnight frosts during the first part of next week.

Read our UK weather blog below for the latest forecasts and updates

  • Coldest start to May in some time?

    Consultant meteorologist Matt Hugo said: “Will it be the coldest start to May in quite some time? Northerly weather into early May is gaining traction.”

    Ex-BBC and Met Office forecaster John Hammond of weathertrending said: “The mercury will go into reverse, with a cooler trend to end April.

    “Fresh waves of Arctic air mean a good chance, even across southern Britain, of temperatures falling close to or below freezing.

    “One or two wintry showers are not ruled out later in the week, most likely on higher ground in the North.”

    A Met Office forecaster said: “Northeasterly winds will bring cooler air, with chilly nights and widespread frosts possible.

    “Temperatures are slightly below or near normal into the start of May, with mainly dry conditions this week but showers possible in the North.”

  • Britain will be colder than Sweden on Monday

    Britain will be colder than Sweden as a 1,000 mile-wide -5C ‘Russian chill’ from Monday threatens the coldest start to May for 25 years.

    Widespread frost even for the South and the odd snow flurry in the North is forecast this week, as the weather goes “into reverse” after the 23C Easter heatwave.

    A seven-day cool burst will see winter’s surprise sting in the tail last into the May Bank Holiday weekend.

    Brits will swap shorts for coats as northeasterly windchill makes 11-16C highs for most feel like just 9-14C this week. London could be the exception some days at 17C.

    -5C nights are on the cards in the North, with -2C even in parts of the South.

    A night falling below 1.8C at Heathrow would be the coldest May temperature at the airport since 1997, data used for Met Office records shows.

    Britain will be colder than 3C nights in Stockholm, Sweden. But at least it will be mainly dry, with a mix of cloud and sunny spells.

  • Sun won’t last… sadly

    The warm weather will abruptly come to an end on Monday, with the Met Office warning of a sub-zero plunge at the start of the next week.

    London is expected to face temperatures as low as 4C, while parts of the north, Scotland and areas in Belfast could drop to below 0C.

    WXCharts are even predicting snow before the end of April, hitting the north of Scotland on Friday April 29 and the south of England and Wales from Sunday May 1.

    The dip follows from the hottest day of the year so far, recorded over the bank holiday when temperatures rose over 23C in London.

  • Britain hotter than the ALGARVE today

    BRITAIN will be hotter than the Algarve today as the mercury soars to 18C – but a cold snap will sweep in this week.

    Sunday will be filled with sunshine as the relatively balmy temperatures continue, before the weather takes a drastic turn on Monday.

    Forecasters say the heat in London will reach 18C with some sunny spells, while the Algarve manages only 17C – with plenty of showers thrown in.

    The recent heavy rain in Spain and Portugal has put a dampener on Brits’ holidays after thousands jetted off for an Easter break.

  • Afternoon, Milica Cosic now taking over the blog. I’ll be with you until 10pm tonight.

  • April 28 – 7 May forecast

    The start of this period is most likely to be dry with variable cloud and some clear and sunny spells.

    Frosty mornings possible after colder nights for inland and rural areas.

    Most areas remaining dry, but showers possible in the north, and later the far south.

    Likely to be breezy in the southwest, and the south at times. The start of May is most likely to be settled across much of the UK with clear or sunny spells under an area of high pressure.

    Most places remaining dry, but a few showers are likely at times particularly for the north and east, where they could be heavy.

    Winds generally light with the greatest chance of strong winds probably along the east coast. Temperatures near to or slightly below normal.

  • Tuesday to Thursday forecast

    Mainly fine, with variable amounts of cloud but also some spells of sunshine, with the warmth tempered by the continuing breeze.

    Temperatures close to average, but with chilly starts possible.

  • This evening’s forecast

    Any showers from earlier on will begin to fade out.

    Cloud breaking to allow clear spells, with a touch of frost across sheltered parts of the north and west.

  • Edinburgh forecast for today

    Another dry day with mist and low cloud dispersing this morning.

    Then sunny spells and becoming warm away from east coast where there will be a brisk northeast wind with maximum temperatures of 17 °C.

  • Not good news for gardeners

    Forecaster Tom Morgan warned that the cold weather isn’t “great news for gardeners”.

    He told MailOnline: “They may have spent the weekend planting beneath the sun but we could see patchy frosts by Wednesday which could undo all of their hard work.

    “Some rural spots could drop to -3C through the first part of the week.

    “It will feel more spring-like during the day, despite the occasional showers, but not in the mornings or overnight.”

  • Tomorrow will be mostly dry but temperatures will drop

    Most parts dry with variable amounts of cloud and sunny spells.

    Scattered showers developing through the afternoon, mainly across the east and southeast but feeling a little cooler for most.

  • London could hit 20C today

    The Met Office have said that London could hit 20C today as temperatures are set to rise.

    The Met Office say: “On the cloudy side first thing with a northeasterly breeze, however a fine day should develop, with variable cloud and some sunny spells.

    “Feeling warm in shelter from the breeze, with winds generally easing a little later. Maximum temperature 20 °C.”

  • UK forecast today

    There will be patchy rain soon clearing the far southwest early on.

    It is expected to remain mostly dry with broken cloud and sunny spells, though a few afternoon showers developing across central and eastern England.

    Feeling warm in sunshine in the west, but rather cool along North Sea coasts.

  • Britain will be hotter than the ALGARVE today

    BRITAIN will be hotter than the Algarve today as the mercury soars to 18C – but a cold snap will sweep in next week.

    Sunday will be filled with sunshine as the balmy temperatures continue, before the weather takes a drastic turn on Monday.

    Forecasters say the heat in London will teeter to 18C with some sunny spells, while the Algarve will stagnate at 17C – with plenty of showers thrown in.

    The recent heavy rain in Spain and Portugal has put a dampener on Brit’s holidays after thousands jetted off for an Easter break.

    Sun worshippers have been able to make the most of this weekend in the UK by basking in the sunshine on beaches and in parks.

    Northwest England, western Scotland and Northern Ireland are set to get the best of the sunshine.

    Those in the east and south of the country were told to expect “sunny spells and scattered showers”.

    But the warm weather will abruptly come to an end on Monday, with the Met Office warning of a sub-zero plunge at the start of the next week.

  • Forecast for today

    Early cloud and rain or showers will slowly clear from the south-west during the day.

    Elsewhere will be fine as it will be dry with long spells of sunshine although variable amounts of cloud will build and there is a chance of a few isolated showers.

    Thick cloud will build across northern Scotland.

  • Long range forecast from April 27 – May 6

    The Met Office anticipates a more modest phase of changeable weather to see in the new month.

    Their long range weather forecast from Wednesday 27 April to Friday 6 May reads: “Most areas remaining dry, but showers possible in the north, and later the far south.

    “Likely to be breezy in the southwest, and the south at times.”

  • Umbrella’s at the ready

    Weather forecasts from WXCharts also show a large plume of snow sweeping in over Scotland and northern England on Thursday 5 May.

    High winds of up to 62km/h (39mph) will then move across the country on Friday 6 May, while western and northern parts can expect speeds of 75km/h on Saturday 7 May.

  • UK weather outlook for Monday and Tuesday

    Monday will bring spells of sunshine however variable amounts of cloud cover will tend to build during the day bringing a chance of a few light showers.

    There will be early sunny spells on Tuesday although cloud will build during the day and there is a chance of a few showers across eastern areas.

  • Gardeners, you’ve been warned…

    Forecaster Tom Morgan warned that the cold weather isn’t “great news for gardeners”.

    He told MailOnline: “They may have spent the weekend planting beneath the sun but we could see patchy frosts by Wednesday which could undo all of their hard work.

    “Some rural spots could drop to -3C through the first part of the week.

    “It will feel more spring-like during the day, despite the occasional showers, but not in the mornings or overnight.”

  • It’s going to get colder from Monday

    The warm spells will subside by Monday, when it’s expected to get colder.

    And the balmy 18C conditions won’t last – as the Met Office warns of a sub-zero plunge at the start of the next week.

    London is expected to face temperatures as low as 4C, while parts of the north, Scotland and areas in Belfast could drop to below 0C.

    WXCharts are even predicting snow before the end of April, hitting the north of Scotland on Friday April 29 and the south of England and Wales from Sunday May 1.

    The dip follows from the hottest day of the year so far, recorded over the bank holiday when temperatures rose over 23C in London.

  • Bookies cut odds this spring ending as the hottest on record

    Leading bookmaker Coral has cut the odds to 1-2 (from 5-4) on this spring ending as the hottest on record in the UK.

    The firm go 5-4 for next month to be a record hot May, while it is 4-6 for 2022 to be the hottest year the UK has ever had.

    “It has been a glorious start to spring and our betting suggests things could get better, as we make it odds-on to end as the hottest spring on record in the UK,” said Coral’s John Hill.

    “Hopefully the sun remains shining as we head into the new month. The early odds point to soaring temperatures in May,” added Hill.

    • Hottest spring on record in the UK = 1-2
    • 2022 to be hottest year on record in the UK = 4-6
    • Hottest May on record in the UK = 5-4
  • Tonight’s weather

    Daytime showers will ease across most areas this evening to reveal late spells of sunshine.

    Cloud will tend to linger across southern and central England bringing a chance of showers although this will slowly clear south-westwards overnight.

    Elsewhere will be dry with lengthy clear spells.

  • Showers to start the new week

    A few showers on Monday, mainly for England, otherwise dry with sunny spells.

    Breezy along some south and east coasts; light winds elsewhere up until Wednesday.

    Chilly by night with some rural frost.

  • Thank you for reading my coverage this evening. Louis Allwood will be back with you tomorrow morning.

  • Snow on the cards?!

    Advanced weather modelling maps show that the UK could be in for some shock flurries of snow at the start of next month.

    The first band of snow will sweep in across the north of Scotland late on Friday April 29, before moving down the north-east coast of England on Saturday, April 30.

    May then begins with widespread snow across the United Kingdom, with flakes falling in the south of England and Wales on Sunday and Monday, May 1-2.

    Snow will hit Scotland in the early hours of May 1, starting in Inverness, Aberdeen and Edinburgh before slowly moving southward throughout the day.

    Newcastle, Manchester and Birmingham could follow with millions of Brits in northern and central England set to see some of the white stuff.

    Unfortunately, the potential dumping is too far away for the forecaster to predict exactly how many inches we can expect to settle on the ground.

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