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Weather UK forecast today – Get ready to ROAST all week as 25c mini-heatwave will keep temperatures high for days

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.”

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

  • RAINY NIGHT

    CLOUD and rain will move south-east across much of Northern Ireland and Scotland tonight.

    It will be dry with clear periods elsewhere.

    But mist, fog and low cloud will affect some eastern areas.

  • MISTY MORNING

    BOATS bob on the mist-covered River Frome at Wareham in Dorset shortly after sunrise in this stunning early-morning photo.

    Fog and low cloud is sue to settle across eastern England from early morning with clouds in the northwest and some rain.

    Sunny spells are due elsewhere, with a small chance of a shower in south-east England.

  • 'FINE AND DRY' FOR MAY SAYS MET OFFICE

    The Met Office's long forecast predicts the first half of May will see good temperatures.

    It says: "Mixed weather patterns, typical of spring are most likely through the first half of May.

    "Overall, fine and dry weather is expected to be most dominant, with fair-weather cloud and plenty of sunny spells."

  • A STARRY SKY ABOVE HISTORIC CASTLE

    This stunning image, taken last night, shows the Milky War glowing brightly above Corfe Castle in Dorset.

    Nights are likely to stay cold and clear this week, and it could well be frosty when we wake up - but the days will be nice and bright for many.

  • A VERY WELCOME SIGHT!

    Brits can expect to see some beautiful sunshine from the end of this week, forecasters say.

    A 500 mile-wide continental heat plume will see hotter-than-average temperatures between April 24 and May 1, it's believed.

  • 'STRONG APRIL SUNSHINE'

  • MET OFFICE PREDICTS FINE AND DRY WEATHER IN FIRST HALF OF MAY

    The Met Office's long forecast predicts the first half of May will see good temperatures.

    It says: "Mixed weather patterns, typical of spring are most likely through the first half of May.

    "Overall, fine and dry weather is expected to be most dominant, with fair-weather cloud and plenty of sunny spells."

    It reached 17C today and will continue to rise tomorrow and Tuesday, with highs of 18C expected across both days.

    Thrilled Brits have been snapped messing about on rivers, riding horses through brightly coloured fields and strolling in parks.

  • TEMPERATURES COULD HIT 19C ON MONDAY

    Monday is forecast to see 19C a total of 5C above average with a week of blue skies for most apart from showers on Tuesday.

    Highs ease to 15C in midweek but the Met Office predicted temperatures warming up again by the weekend.

    The mercury could rise up to 18C next Saturday and Sunday.

    Met Office forecaster Marco Petagna said: “Daytime temperatures will rise a little over the next few days.”

    “Computer models show a lot of dry weather now, then warmer spells in late April and into May seeing 25C possible in the South," The Weather Outlook forecaster Brian Gaze said.

  • SOAR POINT

    TEMPERATURES are set to rocket to 25C this week as a 500 mile-wide continental heat plume is forecast to engulf Britain.

    Hotter-than-average temperatures are forecast for next weekend and will continue well into the month of May.

    Read more here.

  • MET OFFICE: RURAL FROST ACROSS ENGLAND AND WALES TONIGHT - PLUS FREEZING TEMPERATURES IN NORTH WEST

  • WATCH: UK WEATHER - TEMPERATURES TO ROCKET TO 25C

    UK weather - Temperatures to ROCKET to 25C as 500-mile wide heat plume engulfs Britain in hottest week of year
  • MET OFFICE FORECAST FOR MONDAY

    A fine and dry day for most with good sunshine, the Met Office has predicted on its website.

    It will be cloudier over Northern Ireland and west Scotland with some rain, but it will be mostly light.

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