BRITAIN is set to bake in 20c heat this week as warm air from the Azores will make the UK weather forecast hotter than Madrid, according to the Met Office.
The hot air will cause the mercury to rise 10 degrees higher than the average for this time of year.
Forecasters claim it will also feel a lot warmer because strong winds a long with torrential rain and snow which battered the country has eased.
Temperatures in Madrid, Spain, are set to reach 19c while UK forecasters have said parts of London, East Anglia and Lincolnshire could be warmer.
The average maximum temperature for the UK in March is 8.9C.
Eastern parts of the country, which are sheltered from westerly winds, are likely to see the best of the sunshine and warmer weather, the Met Office said.
The warm weather will be a welcomed break from the wind and rain[/caption]
“If the sun comes out in sunny spells they could get up to that 17C peak temperature, but the majority of temperatures are going to be more around the mid-teens,” said spokesman Richard Miles.
“It will pretty much be mild everywhere but it’s just that those peak temperatures are more likely to be on the eastern side of the country.”
Aberdeen could hit 17C, while the Midlands is likely to see 15C and west Wales around 12C.
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Northern Ireland will continue to experience some showery, blustery weather, especially along the coast, and temperatures are unlikely to rise above 15C.
Temperatures are expected to cool slightly towards the weekend but the weather will remain settled, Mr Miles added.
“There will be some rain possibly in the very north west but most places will be reasonably dry and fairly mild,” he said.
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“On Saturday there are some showery outbreaks possible in the south.”
The drier and warmer weather will come as a welcome relief after heavy downpours at the weekend, with parts of Wales having half a month’s rain in the space of a day.
The highest temperature of the year so far is 21.2C, recorded last month in Kew, south-west London.
The highest March temperature on record is 25.6C in Cambridgeshire in 1968.
Londoners could bask in sunshine and enjoy warmer than normal temperatures[/caption]
The recent sunny snap saw Brits rush outdoors and enjoy the weather, like this woman in St James’ Park, London[/caption]
The average temperature will be in the mid-teens, but some areas could hit nearly 20C[/caption]
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