Weather forecast UK – UK hotter than Corfu today as roasting 32C temperatures predicted during hottest summer for decade

BRITS are set to soak up the sun with 15C temperatures today after shaking off a frosty start in the morning.

Thursday will start off cold and frosty but will quickly warm up with blue skies and strong April sunshine.

Lows of 1C are forecast for parts of Britain in the early am while afternoon temperatures will hit a warm 15C.

Meanwhile, 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…

  • Alice Fuller

    WIDESPREAD SUNSHINE

    Weather maps for today show sunshine spreading across almost the whole of the UK, with hardly a cloud or drop of rain in sight.

    The Met Office forecasts a "dry and sunny day" for most, with temperatures up to 16C.

  • Alice Fuller

    WHEN CAN I SEE THE LYRID METEOR SHOWER?

    Today is your best chance of seeing the annual Lyrid meteor shower, experts say.

    Rock debris left by the Thatcher comet’s tail will burn up in the Earth’s atmosphere, as it does each year about now.

    Astronomers say sunrise or sunset is the best time to spot the shower.

    Tania de Sales Marques, of London’s Royal Observatory said: “It will produce around 18 meteors per hour. The Lyrids have been observed as far back as 687BC.”

    The name comes from constellation of Lyra the Harp, where the meteors appear to originate from.

  • Alice Fuller

    SUNNY BUT FROSTY START

    Rowers went out on the river Cam at sunrise this morning on a sunny but frosty start to the day.

    Credit: SWNS
  • Alice Fuller

    'HOTTEST UK SUMMER ON RECORD'

    Bookmaker Coral has cut the odds on the UK recording its hottest summer ever this year to just 6-4, as forecasters predict temperatures of over 30C within weeks.

    Coral makes it 2-1 that next month goes on to be the hottest May since records began, having cut the odds from 3-1 last week.

    "Everything is pointing towards a sweltering summer and as we hurtle through spring, we have slashed the odds on the UK recording its hottest summer ever," said Coral's Harry Aitkenhead.

  • Alice Fuller

    SIZZLING MAY TEMPERATURES

    A Spanish plume is set to bring a 25C heatwave at the end of the month as new maps turn the whole of the UK ORANGE.

    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.

    Hotter-than-average temperatures are forecast in the coming weeks and will continue well into the month of May.

    The Met Office's long forecast predicts the first half of next month will see warm temperatures.

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

  • Alice Fuller

    SUNRISE SWIM

    It was a beautiful start to the day in Edinburgh this morning.

    A wild swimmer went for a dip in the cold waters at Portobello Beach as the sun rose behind North Berwick Law.

    Credit: Euan Cherry
  • Alice Fuller

    APRIL RAINFALL

    Up to and including April 20, the UK as a whole had only recorded 18% of its average April rainfall, the Met Office reported.

    Just 0.88mm fell in Charterhall, Berwickshire, yesterday.

  • Alice Fuller

    NO SEVERE WEATHER WARNINGS

    There are no severe weather warnings in place across the UK for the next seven days.

    It is in stark contrast to earlier in the month when Britain was battered with snow, sleet and hail and severe flooding.

    There were also warnings for high wind in places, wreaking havoc across the country.

  • Alice Fuller

    'PLENTY OF SUNSHINE' TODAY

    The sun is set to shine in most areas today, with the Met Office forecasting "fine" weather.

    There will be "plenty of sunshine" throughout the day, with temperatures reaching 16C.

    It will be warmer than yesterday, especially in the east.

  • Alice Fuller

    WORLD'S MOST POWERFUL WEATHER SUPERCOMPUTER

    The Met Office and Microsoft have joined forces to build the world’s most powerful weather and climate forecasting supercomputer in the UK.

    The forecaster has signed a multimillion-pound agreement with the tech giant for the provision of the world-leading supercomputing capability that will "take weather and climate forecasting to the next level and help the UK stay safe and thrive", announced today on Earth Day.

    It is expected to be the world’s most advanced dedicated to weather and climate – and twice as powerful as any other in the UK.

    "The data it generates will be used to provide more accurate warnings of severe weather, helping to build resilience and protect the UK population, businesses and infrastructure from the impacts of increasingly extreme storms, floods and snow," the Met Office said.

    "It will also be used to take forward ground-breaking climate change modelling, unleashing the full potential of the Met Office’s global expertise in climate science. The precision and accuracy of its modelling will help to inform Government policy as part of the UK’s fight against climate change, and its efforts to reach net zero by 2050."

  • Alex Winter

    RED SKY AT NIGHT…

    It's going to be a beautiful day today with plenty of sunshine – but any good shepherd could have told you that just from looking at yesterday's sunset.

    The skies lit up last night during sunsetCredit: Alamy
  • Alex Winter

    BARELY A CLOUD IN THE SKY AS UK WAKES UP

    Highs of up to 17c are expected today
  • Alex Winter

    I DO LIKE TO BE BESIDE THE SEASIDE

    This lovely shot of beach-goers enjoying the spring sunshine was taken in Lyme Regis, Dorset.

    Graham Hunt/BNPSCredit: ©Graham Hunt
  • Alex Winter

    WHAT WILL THE WEATHER BE LIKE TODAY?

  • Niamh Cavanagh

    TODAY'S FORECAST

    After a chilly start, most areas will be dry and sunny.

    Cloudier for the far north of Scotland though. Warmer than today, especially in the east.

    Breezy in the south.

  • Niamh Cavanagh

    POLLEN FORECAST HIGH ACROSS THE UK TODAY

  • Niamh Cavanagh

    WEEKEND WEATHER OUTLOOK

    Friday will be dry with lots of sunshine and just some patchy fair-weather cloud.

    There will be areas of cloud across northern Scotland with a chance of an isolated shower.

    A fine day on Saturday as it will be dry with lots of sunshine and just some patchy cloud cover around from time to time

  • Niamh Cavanagh

    MET OFFICE – COLD START TO TOMORROW

  • Niamh Cavanagh

    EVERYWHERE THAT YOU CAN SUNBATHE NAKED AROUND THE WORLD

    Brits wanting an even tan this summer can head to one of many nudist beaches around the world.

    A new global map has revealed which countries allow naked sunbathing across where tourists shouldn't be afraid to strip off.

  • Niamh Cavanagh

    MET OFFICE – THURSDAY FORECAST

  • Niamh Cavanagh

    WEEKEND WEATHER MAP – SATURDAY HAS PLENTY OF SUN

  • Niamh Cavanagh

    SUNRISE THIS MORNING

    Wild swimmers enjoyed the sunrise behind North Berwick Law on Portobello beach in Edinburgh this morning.

    Credit: Euan Cherry
    Credit: Euan Cherry
  • Niamh Cavanagh

    FORECAST – THIS EVENING AND TONIGHT

    Residual daytime cloud will thin and disperse this evening leaving a dry night with mostly clear skies.

    It will quickly become chilly this evening and then a colder night than last night will follow with widespread ground frost.

  • Niamh Cavanagh

    PM URGED TO SET TOUGHER POLLUTION TARGETS IN LAW IN WAKE OF SCHOOLGIRL'S DEATH

    The Prime Minister has been urged to set tougher legal pollution targets "to stop people from dying" after the death of a schoolgirl exposed to toxic air.

    The mother of Ella Kissi-Debrah called for action to tackle deadly air pollutants "immediately", after a coroner's report recommended stricter legally binding targets for dangerous particulate matter pollution to prevent more deaths.

    Philip Barlow, the assistant coroner for Inner South London, ruled in a landmark second inquest last year that air pollution contributed to the death of the nine-year-old from a fatal asthma attack in 2013.

    In a report to prevent future deaths on Wednesday, he said lower legal limits for particulate matter in line with World Health Organisation (WHO) guidelines would reduce the number of deaths from air pollution in the UK and the Government should take action to address the issue.

  • Niamh Cavanagh

    ORCHARD WALK

    People enjoy the weather at the Taihaku Cherry Orchard at the Alnwick Gardens, which has the largest collection of Taihaku in the world, comprising of 329 trees, in Alnwick, Northumberland.

    Credit: Reuters
    Credit: Reuters

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