UK weather forecast – Britain hotter than AUSTRALIA this week as ‘Saharan plume’ brings 18C SCORCHER

UK weather forecast - Britain hotter than AUSTRALIA this week as 'Saharan plume' brings 18C SCORCHER

BRITAIN could be hotter than AUSTRALIA later this week as a boiling “Saharan plume” blows in.
The Met Office’s latest weather forecast says that the UK might have the hottest February day ever as the mercury soars to 18C in the coming days.
BRITAIN could experience hotter weather than Australia this week
This weather map shows the extremely warm air pushing up from the Sahara in north Africa into the UK and Europe, which is bringing with it potentially record-breaking temperatures later in the week
The current record for the warmest February day came in 1998 when highs of 19.7C were clocked.
But now forecasters think this coming Saturday could end up taking the title.
Met Office meteorologist Becky Mitchell told The Sun Online: “At the moment, we are looking to reach 18C, most likely in central southern England, or it could be in north-east Wales or north-east Scotland.
“The record is 19.7C in 1998. At this stage, there is a small chance that we could get close, but not for definite.”
Later this week, Britain could be hotter than Australia — where it is summer — as Hobart, Tasmania, is due only 17C highs from midweek.
And even on Saturday, when the UK could be in record-breaking heat, 18C is forecast for Tasmania.
That would be beaten by the sizzling heat in Britain if the current record is broken.
Becky from the Met Office said of the heat: “It is originating from northern Africa and the Canary Islands, so it is coming up from the south.
“There is a big area of high pressure moving across the UK, so it will be nice and sunny too.
“It will be mild right across the country but it’s localised spots that will get the extremely mild temperatures.”
But before we reach such heady heights, blustery showers are forecast for Scotland and Northern Ireland, with more rain and wind in the north today and tomorrow.
The Met Office predicts: “Sunny spells and showers for many today, the heaviest and most frequent showers in the northwest where it will be windy. The southeast will be cloudier with rain.
“It will be wet and windy across the north on Tuesday while the south will be drier.
“Remaining unsettled further northwest through Wednesday and Thursday, but drier and brighter elsewhere – becoming very mild.”
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Spring-like warmth will return across the UK and Ireland later this week, with a chance that the record for the UK’s warmest February day (19.7C) could be challenged. Here’s what’s happening and why…— Liam Dutton – Weatherman (@liamdutton) February 18, 2019

“It will be wet and windy across the north on Tuesday while the south will be drier.
“Remaining unsettled further northwest through Wednesday and Thursday, but drier and brighter elsewhere – becoming very mild.”
The Met Office forecast mainly mild temperatures over the month ahead.
Forecaster Simon Partridge said: “Temperatures will generally be on the milder side over the next 30 days, with short colder spells at times.
“We never said the ‘Beast from the East’ was definitely coming. We forecast settled and potentially colder conditions, and we have had colder spells.
“It’s mild rather than cold as high pressure is situated a few hundred miles further to our east, giving a southerly rather than easterly flow.”CHANGING ODDS
Bookmakers Coral cut odds on summer being the hottest ever to 5/2. Coral spokesman Harry Aitkenhead said: “Last year was a scorcher – but 2019 is already simmering and punters reckon this summer will be even hotter.”
Weather experts have scrapped forecasts of a ‘Beast from the East’ chill, blaming warm southerly winds arriving instead of expected cold easterlies.
The Weather Outlook forecaster Brian Gaze said: “Computer models show record 20C February temperatures are possible from the coming weekend.
“Families flying abroad for half-term sun could have stayed home and gone to a UK beach instead.
“Plumes of warm air from the Sahara are due in coming days and also in spring. 25C is certainly likely by April.
“There’s a good chance of another fine summer due to the past 12 months’ continuing pattern of high pressure blocking, which brings hot conditions in summer.”
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Met Office forecaster Martin Young said: “It will turn generally very mild again. Temperatures will widely be above the seasonal average.
“For the start of March, temperatures are likely to remain mild overall, with many southern and eastern parts predominantly settled. Atlantic frontal systems will affect northern and western parts.”
A statement from The Weather Company said: “Warmer-than-normal UK conditions are predicted for March and April.”
Brits will bask in very mild February weather later this week (file photo)

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