A MINI spring heatwave is warming up the UK – with temperatures as high as 25C expected to bake Britain this week.
The sunshine returned this weekend after a cold snap and saw pub beer gardens packed with Brits enjoying their first full weekend of eased coronavirus restrictions in England.
Saturday saw highs of nearly 20C while Brits flocked to parks, beaches and boozers as they were reunited with family and friends – and similar conditions brightened up Britain today.
But forecasters predict the mercury could rise to a scorching 25C this week as a ‘500-mile wide’ Saharan plume engulfs the country.
And looking ahead, forecasters say this summer could be the hottest in a decade as a 32C blast is set to hit the country within weeks.
La Nina, a climate pattern, will play a large part in the spike in warm weather.
Jim Dale, meteorologist for British Weather Services, said: “There will definitely be some spikes of heat as we go into summer when I expect to see temperatures in the high 20Cs or even the low 30Cs.
“This is largely because of a balancing effect which, after the colder period of weather over the past couple of months, dominated by a northerly airflow, should revert and come from a more southerly direction.
“This will bring more in the way of hotter weather as we go through the end of spring and into summer.
“This summer could be up there with the warmer ones from the past ten years, it is more likely to turn out one of the warmer ones that to be cooler.”
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