UK weather LIVE – Brits to sizzle in 30C heatwave as latest lockdown measures lift ahead of Bank Holiday weekend

BRITAIN is set to sizzle in a 27C heatwave in time for the next stage of lockdown lifting.

The balmy temperatures are also expected to get even warmer, with 32C predicted for late May.

Although, much to the disappointment of those making bank holiday plans, temperatures will stop at 15C for the long weekend next week – before rising to 27C mid-May.

A series of hot spells, each lasting up to a week, are expected just in time for May 17 – when hotels plan to reopen and overseas travel gets set to resume, The Weather Outlook has said.

Meanwhile, 30C sunshine at the start of June will set the scene nicely for when all restrictions are due to lift on June 21.

Temperatures are expected to grow even hotter later in the month, with a 33C scorcher on the way.

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

  • Chiara Fiorillo

    OUTLOOK FOR TONIGHT

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    MORE SPACE FOR NATURE

    Alastair Cameron, project manager at the National Trust, said: "By creating new wetland habitat similar to that found before the embankment was built, we can make space for nature and water.

    "All the original salt marshes and reed beds along the river would have absorbed large quantities of water and supported a range of wildlife.

    "Although the work we are doing will still be a human intervention, we are aiming to help the water to encroach naturally.

    "The new bank will mean we can protect important infrastructure and help to minimise disruption to people when we experience high tides and extreme weather events."

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    FARMLAND HANDED BACK TO RIVER

    The National Trust is handing back a patch of low-grade farmland to a Cornish river to create wetland habitat to help nature and reduce flooding.

    The scheme on a 1.7-hectare (4.2 acre) field alongside the River Tamar will effectively turn back the clock nearly 200 years, restoring the original flood plain that was turned into farmland by the Victorians, the charity said.

    It will create intertidal habitat on a stretch of the tidal Tamar at the trust's Cotehele property north of Plymouth that it is hoped will attract wildlife ranging from curlew and little egret to otters, harvest mice, bugs and worms.

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    MIX OF SUN AND SHOWERS

    Met Office forecaster Aidan McGivern said: "Tuesday is a day of bright spells and showers.

    "The showers will be on the heavy side and a rumble of thunder possible."

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    BRITS COULD BE IN FOR A BALMY MAY

    Brits could swelter in a 31C heatwave predicted for the May bank holiday as summer winds may blow in from the south, according to some forecasters.

    High pressure from the continent is forecast to sweep hot air across Britain bringing with it scorching weather to kick off the month of May.

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    UNDERSTANDING WEATHER

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    FEVER PITCH

    Millions of Brits could face a summer inside this year as hay fever symptoms are mistaken for Covid-19.

    Around six million hay fever sufferers are worried their constant sneezing and coughing will make people think that they have the virus, research found.

    Data from Well Pharmacy shows this could lead to unsure Brits self isolating and staying indoors when they aren't infected.

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    HAY FEVER SYMPTOMS

    • sneezing and coughing
    • a runny or blocked nose
    • itchy, red or watery eyes
    • itchy throat, mouth, nose and ears
    • loss of smell
    • pain around your temples and forehead
    • headache
    • earache
    • feeling tired

    OUTLOOK FOR THURSDAY TO SATURDAY

    The Met Office's weather outlook from Thursday to Saturday says: "Sunny spells and scattered showers, heavy in places.

    "Rather chilly, especially out of the sun, with occasional overnight frost."

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      AFTERNOON PLANS

      If you have any plans for this afternoon, you may need to take your umbrella with you.

      The Met Office said it will feel chilly, with scattered showers possible in places.

      The far south and southeast are expected to remain dry with pleasant sunshine.

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      END OF APRIL OUTLOOK

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      TEN FLOOD ALERTS IN FORCE FOR ENGLAND AS HIGH TIDES THREATEN COASTAL AREAS

      Despite the dry weather, the Environment Agency has ten flood alerts in force for England.

      This includes the coastline at North Morecambe Bay, with "waves expected to affect the foreshore as a result of high spring tides".

      Mersey Estuary at Warrington is expected to be affected by the high tide, which "is expected to be higher than usual. Consequently flooding of low lying land, roads and farmland is possible."

      A flood warning for the North Sea Coast at Hornsea has been issued.

      "Overtopping waves and spray are expected as a result of high spring tides between 17.30 and 7pm on Tuesday 27th April," the EA adds.

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      SUB-TROPICAL HIGH FOR START OF MAY

      May's weather will "continue to be influenced by a large area of high pressure, known as a sub-tropical high," predicts BBC Weather.

      It explains: "As we head into the warmer months of the year, this high will become stronger and larger and tend to be centred near the Azores to the west of Spain and Portugal.

      "This year we have unusually warm sea surface temperatures in the Atlantic which have been helping to build this high earlier than normal.

      "For the first week of May, the sub-tropical high should strengthen and push into Western Europe, which will bring north-westerly winds for a while and help to keep temperatures a bit below average, at least at the start of the week."

    • Chiara Fiorillo

      WEDNESDAY'S FORECAST

      The Met Office's forecast for tomorrow says: "Outbreaks of showery rain, heavy at times, affecting central and western parts of England and Wales.

      "Brighter elsewhere, though further showers for Scotland.

      "Feeling chilly for most."

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      UNSETTLED CONDITIONS

      Met Office Chief Operational Meteorologist Steven Ramsdale said: “The weather heading into the bank holiday weekend is going to be a little more unsettled than we’ve seen in recent days.

      “There will be rain or showers at times for many, which is likely to be welcomed by many farmers and gardeners after a dry April so far.”

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      BEAUTIFUL COLOURS

      The late sunrise appearing over a cloud bank above a very calm sea on the coast at Reculver in Kent this morning.

      Sunrise at Reculver in KentCredit: Alamy
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      RAIN TO HIT UK LATER THIS WEEK

      A Met Office forecaster said: “It is likely to continue settled, but with the chance of rain later in the next week.

      “Into May, warmer days are most likely inland in the South and West.

      “May 7-21 has the possibility of warmer spells, with fine periods, and showers at times.”

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      PREVIOUS TOP SUMMER TEMPERATURES

      According to The Weather Outlook, these are the top summer temperatures for the last few years:

      • 2020: 37.8C, 31st July, Heathrow, Middlesex
      • 2019: 38.7C, 25th July, Cambridge Botanical Gardens
      • 2018: 35.3C, 26th July, Fathersham, Kent
      • 2017: 34.5C, 21st June, Heathrow, Middlesex
      • 2016, 34.4C, 13th September, Gravesend, Kent (Note: This was in the meteorological autumn)
      • 2015, 36.7, 1st July, Heathrow, Middlesex

      CALM MORNING

      The incoming tide covers long abandoned boats on the shoreline at Appledore.

      Today, sunny intervals and light winds are forecast for the coast of North Devon.

      FORECAST FOR TONIGHT

      The Met Office's forecast for tonight says: "Rain and showers moving southwards across the UK, though southeast England probably staying dry.

      "Turning clearer across Scotland with a frost in shelter."

      SNOW WAY

      The first week of May could be a snowy one, according to weather graphs.

      The white stuff could follow weeks of warm spring weather that has been enjoyed by millions as the lockdown lifts.

      The Weather Outlook tweeted an image of the UK with smudges of snow dotted across the map.

       "GFS06z shows the risk of snow in southern counties during the first week of May," they said.

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        HOT SUMMER

        Last summer saw the longest "extreme heatwave" since records began in 1841, with 34C daily for six days in a row from August 7 to 12.

        The sunny spell was an even longer run than 1976's drought-hit summer which saw standpipes on the streets.

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        WHAT TO EXPECT TODAY

        The Met Office's weather forecast for today says: "Cool and rather cloudy for many with outbreaks of rain or showers across central and northern parts, some heavy.

        "Brighter in the far south and southeast of England with some sunny spells, feeling warm here."

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        FULL LIST

        This is the full list of the most eco-conscious places in Britain, according to research carried out by The Hairpin Leg Company:

        • Bristol
        • Wick
        • Swindon
        • Portsmouth
        • Brighton
        • Leeds
        • Halesowen
        • Bournemouth
        • London
        • Birmingham
        • Bromley
        • Sheffield
        • Wythenshawe
        • Hove
        • Cambridge
        • Southend-on-Sea
        • Oxford

        ECO-CONSCIOUS PLACES IN BRITAIN

        The UK’s most waste-conscious places have been revealed in a study by The Hairpin Leg Company. 

        The research – which uses Google search data to find the most eco-conscious people around the UK – ranked cities and towns based on the number of people searching for ways to reduce waste in their daily lives in different locations around the UK. 

        Top of the list were Bristol, the port city in the South West of England, and Wick, a fishing town in the Scottish highlands. Also high on the list were Leeds, Swindon, Portsmouth and Brighton.  

        “It was much more of a mixed bag than we envisaged,” The Hairpin Leg Co. said.

        “We expected places like London, Manchester and Birmingham to take the top spaces; the narrative tends to be that younger, more proactive communities live in these places and are more likely to be searching for new ways to reduce waste and save the planet.”  

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