Weather forecast UK update – Temperatures to hit 17C next week in first blast of warm weather since pubs reopened

Weather forecast UK update – Temperatures to hit 17C next week in first blast of warm weather since pubs reopened

BRITAIN is set to bask in a mini-heatwave next week, with temperatures reaching 17C.

The warmer weather is a huge boost for pub beer gardens and BBQs as coronavirus restrictions ease across England.

Yesterday, outdoor hospitality was allowed to reopen after being closed for months during lockdown.

Brits were seen at pub beer gardens, outdoor bars and restaurants around the country despite cold temperatures – with some people even braving heavy snow to enjoy a pint.

Pals knocked back pints on deckchairs at The Cat and Fiddle Inn in Macclesfield, Cheshire, surrounded by snowy ground.

England recently saw its coldest April day in eight years , with the temperature hitting a freezing -7.5C in Benson, South Oxfordshire.

Read all the latest weather news and updates in our live blog below…

  • Debbie White

    APRIL 19 – 25 : CHANGEABLE WEATHER AHEAD, SAYS BBC

    "Unfortunately, as we head into late April the forecast gets a little trickier," reports BBC Weather.

    Looking ahead, from Monday April 19 until Sunday April 25, the broadcaster says "generally we expect a changeable week with the wettest weather in the northern half of the country and some dry, mild spells for southern areas."

    There are "good signals for high pressure to remain nearby or to the north.

    "We expect that in late April this high in Scandinavia will linger and begin to build north of Europe slowly.

    "Meanwhile, the storm track will be in the North Atlantic and occasionally reach western and northern areas with weak weather fronts."

  • Debbie White

    THURSDAY – SHOWERS AHEAD

    Scattered showers are possible in central and south eastern England on Thursday, warns The Weather Outlook.

    "Other parts of the UK remain dry with sunny periods" on Thursday.

    Temperatures will "continue to slowly recover but it remains chilly in the east", it adds.

    Above: Ventusky's take on Thursday's weather
  • Debbie White

    GOOD NEWS FOR PUBGOERS – FRIDAY IS 'DRY'

    Friday is "looking dry in virtually the whole of the country", reports The Weather Outlook.

    It adds that Friday has "just a risk of an odd shower in central and south eastern England.

    "The highest temperatures may be in the northern half of Scotland."

  • Debbie White

    WEDNESDAY 'COLD AND FROSTY'

    Wednesday will see "a cold start with early frost," according to meteorologists at Meteogroup UK.

    The service adds: "Any patches of mist and fog will soon lift and clear during the morning.

    "It will then be bright with sunny spells, but areas of cloud will build during the day.

    "A few showers will develop but most areas will remain dry into the evening. There will be light and variable winds."

  • Debbie White

    EXPERT TIPS TO SAVE MONEY ON HEATING

    Central heating experts at PlumbNation highlight the importance of heating your home, even in Spring, when the temperature drops below freezing:

    • Turn your thermostat down by 1C – By turning your heating down by just 1C, you can save up to 10% on your heating bill.
    • Clean your radiators – A buildup of dust can affect your health, allergies and your heating bill, as the layer of dust can prevent heat from escaping effectively.
    • Don’t block your radiators – Make sure no furniture items are in front of your radiators, as this will block the heat from escaping. Also, stop drying your clothes on the radiators, as again this restricts how far the heat can travel around the room.
    • The importance of soft furnishings – Soft furnishings such as curtains or a well placed rug can make all the difference in saving money on your heating.
    • Bleed your radiators

    FROSTS FOR THE REST OF THE WEEK – MET OFFICE LATEST

    Nights will "stay on the cold side as we go through this week," says the Met Office.

    It also tweeted: "Frosts are likely where skies remain clear, especially in the countryside and some locally severe frosts are possible in more rural northern areas."

    TEMPERATURE RISES ON THURSDAY

    The weather is set to be much warmer on Thursday.

    The Met Office said: "High pressure gives a fine day for most although a few showers are possible in the east."

    LONG-RANGE FORECAST – FINE AND DRY

    The Met Office’s long range forecast for the end of the month and the beginning of May will mostly be fine and dry.

    The forecast reads: “Fine and dry weather is likely to be more prevalent overall, especially during late-April, with this signal waning during May, although all areas are likely to see some showers or longer spells of rain at times.”

    BRITAIN TO BASK IN 22C HEAT BLAST THIS MONTH AS SUNNY WEATHER RETURNS NEXT WEEK

    Britain is set for a 22C heat blast this month with glorious sunshine expected to return next week.

    The warm weather comes as a huge boost for Brits heading to pub gardens after a cold snap yesterday.

    Temperature maps by WXCharts show the mercury soaring to the early 20s across the nation from Sunday April 25. 

    But the best weather will come the following week – with the chart showing highs of 22C in Leeds on April 28. 

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      FLOAT YOUR BOAT

      A bizarre 'floating ship' has been spotted off the British coast following a string of mind-bending optical illusions.

      The vessel was captured from a pub garden in Minster On Sea, Kent, leaving onlookers baffled. The ship appeared to be hovering in the sky, well above the horizon and seemingly out of the water.

      But a rare optical illusion is to blame for the bizarre appearance – which follows a string of similar sightings last month. One man in Falmouth, Cornwall, was left "extremely baffled" just weeks ago when he spotted a large vessel apparently floating just above the waves.

    • Alice Peacock

      DRY, BUT CHILLY AFTERNOON FOR MOST

      Many regions over the UK are staying dry, with sunny spells for a lucky few.

      Some parts of Scotland and south-west England are in for scattered showers as the afternoon progresses, with a few of these being on the heavy side.

      It's still a little chilly for most – but pleasant enough in the sunshine and light winds.

    • Alice Peacock

      THE WILD WEATHER OF SPRING

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      WHAT'S AHEAD FOR TUESDAY AFTERNOON?

    • Niamh Cavanagh

      WEDNESDAY'S FORECAST – STARTING BRIGHT WITH FEW SHOWERS

      A dry and bright start to the day with early sunshine and patches of mist and fog will soon lift and clear.

      It will then be a fine day as it will be dry with lengthy spells of sunshine but variable amounts of cloud will tend to build.

      A few isolated showers may develop and will be increasingly mild.

    • Niamh Cavanagh

      ODDS CUT ON HIGHS OF 20C LATER THIS WEEK AS MERCURY RISES

      Leading bookmaker Coral has cut the odds to 5-4 (from 5-2) on temperatures reaching as high as 20C by the end of the week in the UK.

      The firm is offering 2-1 that this spring is the hottest on record, while it is 4-5 that 2021 is a record hot year in the UK.

      “Temperatures are set to rise over the next few days and our betting suggests we could even get highs of 20C before the week is out,” said Coral’s John Hill.

      “With a more positive outlook, we have cut the odds on this being a record hot spring and for 2021 finishing as the hottest year since records began,” added Hill.

    • Niamh Cavanagh

      LIFES A WAG

      Blue skies and sun for Raich Keene and Raphael the Retriever on Perranporth beach in Cornwall.

      Credit: Alamy
    • Niamh Cavanagh

      SIMPLE LIFE

      Brits have revealed the top 50 ‘simple pleasures’ in life – including hearing nothing but birds tweeting, feeling the sun on your face – and having dinner made for you.

      Researchers polled 2,000 adults to determine all the little things that bring people joy.

      Sleeping in a big comfy bed, receiving a compliment from a stranger, and having a good hair day all feature in the list.

      Other favourites include a roaring fire, getting a cuddle from your children and sitting in a pub’s beer garden.

      For the full list click here.

    • John Hall

      WEATHER WARNINGS FOR THE WEEK AHEAD

      Woohoo – there are no weather warnings in place for the UK for the rest of the week.

    • John Hall

      LONG-RANGE FORECAST – FINE AND DRY

      The Met Office’s long range forecast for the end of the month and the beginning of May will mostly be fine and dry.

      The forecast reads: “Fine and dry weather is likely to be more prevalent overall, especially during late-April, with this signal waning during May, although all areas are likely to see some showers or longer spells of rain at times.”

    • John Hall

      TODAY’S FORECAST – MOSTLY SUNNY

      Most parts dry with sunny spells and light winds, so feeling a touch warmer than recently despite temperatures being below average.

      A few showers, mainly for central and western areas.

    • John Hall

      TODAY’S FORECAST 

      It’s set to be a dry day for most with sunny spells and light winds making things feel slightly warmer than recent days – despite temperatures being below average. 

      There will be a few showers, although mainly for central and western areas.

    • John Hall

      BORIS JOHNSON HAILS ‘SIGNIFICANT MILESTONE’ AS ALL OVER 50S OFFERED COVID JAB

      All adults in the UK aged over 50 have now been offered a first dose of a coronavirus vaccine, paving the way for the next phase of the rollout, the Government has said.

      Boris Johnson hailed another “hugely significant milestone” in the programme to protect the country against the disease.

      It means the Government has met its target of offering the jab to all of its top nine priority groups, including the clinically vulnerable and health and social care workers, three days ahead of its target date of April 15.

      The Joint Committee on Vaccine and Immunisation will shortly set out its final advice for the completion of the programme, expected to begin this week with those in their late 40s.

      The announcement comes after Ireland became the latest country to restrict the use of the AstraZeneca vaccine, saying it should not be given to people under the age of 60, amid concerns over possible links to rare blood clotting events.

    • John Hall

      ‘LIKE VE DAY’ – REVELLERS GATHER IN LONDON’S SOHO TO CELEBRATE PUBS REOPENING

      Revellers have tasted the first signs of freedom with a pint in London’s Soho, as crowds of people gathered in the heart of the West End – but some warned of “very little” social distancing.

      Police officers patrolled busy areas in London on Monday night as hordes of people flocked to Old Compton Street and neighbouring areas to enjoy al-fresco dining and drinks after coronavirus restrictions eased in England.

      Several West End streets were closed to traffic between 5pm-11pm to create outdoor seating areas as part of measures implemented by Westminster City Council to support hospitality businesses.

      Pictures and videos being shared online show people packed onto tables laden with food and drinks, while several dozen more stood on the streets cheering the first night of pubs and bars reopening.

    • John Hall

      TEMPERATURES ARE SET TO RISE ON THURSDAY AFTER A CHILLY START TO THE WEEK

      Monday's lockdown milestone was bright, but cold, with many wrapping up warm as they sunk pints and shopped til they dropped.

      But thankfully, the weather is set to be much warmer on Thursday.

      The Met Office said: “High pressure gives a fine day for most although a few showers are possible in the east.”

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