BRITS are set for a 20C scorcher this week as a “Saharan plume” sweeps in – but heavy rain is to hit the country first.
The Met Office’s latest weather forecast says that the UK might have the hottest February day ever as the mercury soars in the coming days.
MetDesk A ‘Saharan plume’ is set to sweep across the UK this week, as a graph for Tuesday at 6pm shows
Ventusky Rain is set to blast parts of the UK ahead of a warmer weather front sweeping in from Africa. Map shows projections for 12pm today
London News Pictures Beach-goers enjoy the sunshine in Brighton on Monday ahead of a wave of warmer weather
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.HOTTER THAN AUSTRALIA
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.”
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.
UK weather forecast for Tuesday February 19th – Most of Britain will remain dry with spells of sunshine after a chilly morning
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That would be beaten by the sizzling heat in Britain if the current record is broken.
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.”
Becky added: “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.”
Met Office This graphic shows rain driving in from the west at 3pm today
Met Office By 6pm rain will cover Northern Ireland and most of the west coast
Met Office And by 9pm, the rainy front will have moved across much of the Midlands
WET START TO THE WEEK
But before we reach such heady heights, rain and wind are in store for the next few days in some parts of the country.
The Met Office predicts “dull, wet and windy weather” will develop in Northern Ireland at around lunchtime today before spreading later into Scotland, northwest England and Wales.
Tonight it will be “wet and windy” at times across the north, though southern areas will stay dry.
And tomorrow, outbreaks of rain will continue in the north and west accompanied by strong wends. South of England will remain drier, with some bright and sunny spells.
Current projections show that rainfall will unlikely exceed more than 2-3cm even in the heaviest hit areas in northwest Scotland.
Towards the end of the week those wet and windy spells will settle, with “exceptionally mild” conditions forecast for some areas on Friday and Saturday.
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… pic.twitter.com/ZeIiZlYPqu— 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.
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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.”
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
London News Pictures A young woman watches the sky turn pink from the top of Ilkley Moor this morning at dawn in Yorkshire
PA:Press Association The sun rises over a house on St Mary’s Island in Whitley Bay, North Tyneside, on Tuesday morning
PA:Press Association A full moon sets near Whitley Bay, North Tyneside as the sun begins to rise, ahead of the super snow moon on Tuesday evening
London News Pictures Members of the public take advantage of the sunny weather to spend time on the beach in Brighton and Hove on Monday
Alamy Live News A couple and their dog enjoy the sunshine in Guildford, Surrey, on Monday
Alamy Live News A sunny start to the week as visitors to Eastbourne enjoy balmy weather on Monday
London News Pictures Making a splash… Brighton Swimming Club swim in the sea in Brighton and Hove on Sunday morning
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