A Mini Spring Heatwave From Africa Could Be On Its Way Next Month
The weather's been teasing us with sunshine and blue skies in recent weeks, but it looks like the warmer spells could be here to stay for a while.
It could be time to put away your winter wardrobe as, according to forecasters, a mini spring heatwave from Africa might be on its way for April.
Temperatures could rise up to 26C and the warmer weather could even last for three months, a far cry from our usual April showers which are the norm at this time of year.
Plumes of warm air from Africa will send temperatures "well above average" for spring.
"For March-May, above-average temperatures are more likely than below-average," said a Met Office spokesperson. "The probability UK average temperatures will fall into the warmest of our five categories is 50 per cent. The coldest category is 10 per cent."
They continued: "Some long-range prediction systems indicate an increased chance of high pressure to the south of the UK."
And the temperatures could even see this spring be the hottest on record.
The Weather Outlook's Brian Gaze explained: "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."
Things are set to get warmer from this week, with temperatures predicted to reach 17C in some parts of the UK.
Met Office meteorologist Becky Mitchell said: "It is warming up - it's not going to be exceptionally warm but it'll be better than the past couple of days."
She added: "A band of high pressure will mean it will be dry across most of the country, with patches of cloud in some places but with sunny spells.
"The best sunshine will be in the south and east, continuing through to Friday.
"By Thursday, we should be looking at temperatures of around 17C."
Needless to say, sunshine and blue skies sound glorious to us.
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