BRITAIN has been hotter than Australia in a 19C sizzler today, but snow is set to hit as Greenland’s “polar plume” is due to arrive in time for Mother’s Day.
Balmy temperatures will ring in the weekend after a run of sunny days, but soak it up while it lasts – April showers are on their way.
Snow is set to hit as Greenland’s ‘polar plume’ is due to arrive in time for Mother’s Day[/caption]
A Met Office forecaster said: “Sunday will feel colder, with a frosty Monday with wet and windy weather in the North.
“Tuesday’s showers have some sleet and snow over hills in the North.
“The period is most likely to remain unsettled, with showers heaviest in the North and wintry over hills, with overnight frosts likely.
“It will also become generally windy, with gales possible, especially towards the North-West.”
Today Sheffield’s temperature soared to a whopping 19C, with other parts of England reaching 18C.
Sadly, the recent spring sunshine won’t last for long – as the jet stream pushes southwards over the coming days, bringing some rain over the weekend.
Tomorrow will be “largely fine and warm” in the South with some outbreaks of rain possible, while the North is expected to be “cold and bright with a few showers”.
On Mothering Sunday it will begin to feel colder, with temperatures dropping to around 11C in the Southwest.
A Met Office forecast said: “Next week will be off to a chilly but mainly fine start on Monday, though it will gradually become more changeable through the week.
“There will be rain and strong winds at times, mainly in the northwest of the UK, where gales are likely.
“Some rain is possible in the south too, but there will be more in the way of dry weather.
“The unsettled weather is likely to continue into mid April.”
Colder air will also feed in, with high temperatures dropping to around the 10C mark.
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But things could get hotter in the second half of April – with temperatures hitting 26C as plumes of warm air travel northwards from Africa.
The Weather Outlook’s Brian Gaze added: “With computer models strongly favouring a warm spring, there is potential for the record for the hottest spring to be challenged.
“Highs of 26C are likely in April. Plumes of warm air from Africa are expected.
“And there is an increased chance of a hot and settled summer due to the trend for more high pressure, which brings hot conditions in summer.”
The three-month outlook from the Met Office says: “For March-April-May as a whole, above-average temperatures are more likely than below-average temperatures.”
The average temperature for April is 11.5C although the highest-ever April temperature in the UK hit 29.4C on April 16, 1949, in London’s Camden Square.
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Bookies have already dropped the odds on it being the hottest spring ever.
Coral has slashed its odds from 4/1 to 5/1.
It has also given odds of 2/1 for next month being the warmest April ever.
The bookmaker also thinks this summer will also be the hottest since records began.