By Mark Duell
10 April 2018
Settled conditions will begin to develop by midweek, and should last through the weekend into next week
Temperatures in the sunshine to reach up to 66F (19C) by this Friday then 68F (20C) is possible on Saturday
Sunday could then get even warmer to to 72F (22C) – hotter than the 70F (21C) expected in Kefalonia, Greece
Britain is set to be hotter than parts of Greece next week as temperatures soar towards 72F (22C).
The country is set to get an early taste of summer with the first decent spell of warm sunshine this year, following a miserable past few months that have brought deep snow, flooding and heavy rain to much of the UK.
Forecasters say settled conditions will begin to develop by midweek, and should last through the weekend into next week – with the Met Office expecting temperatures in the sunshine to reach up to 66F (19C) by this Friday.
The weather could then be warmer on Saturday in the South East with 68F (20C) possible, before conditions get even more pleasant on Sunday with 72F (22C) – hotter than the 70F (21C) expected in Kefalonia, Greece.
It therefore looks likely that this weekend could see the highest temperature of the year so far, beating the previous 2018 record in Britain of 66.9F (19.4C) which was recorded in Gravesend, Kent, only last Saturday.
Met Office forecaster Nicky Maxey said Sunday should bring temperatures of up to 61F (16C) more widely, but those in a dry spell with sunshine and a break of cloud in the South East could see 72F (22C).
She added: ‘Those warmer temperatures certainly look as though they’re continuing into next week. So as we go through much of next week the indications are generally for warm weather, perhaps very warm in places.’
‘There’s some cooler conditions returning to some eastern coastal areas but mainly we’re looking at fairly pleasant temperatures. The signal is for some nice warm temperatures as we go though the weekend and into next week.’
But more rain is expected before the settled weather develops, with Met Office warnings in place for up to 1.2in (30mm) in six hours in North East and South West England today, along with the chance of flooding and lightning.
The warning for the North West is in place between 2am and 4pm today, saying: ‘An area of persistent rain is expected to move northwards across northeast England during the early hours of Tuesday.
‘Outbreaks of heavy rain can be expected at times before rain eases and clears northwards during Tuesday afternoon. Rainfall totals of 10mm-20mm (0.4-0.8in) are likely and 30mm (1.2in) is possible in a few locations.’