Weather forecast UK latest: Brits bask in glorious 19C scorcher but Met Office warns snow & ice will hit NEXT WEEK

BRITS are in for another weekend of 20C temperatures as the clocks go forward – but temperatures are set to drop to below freezing next week.

The current spring highs are expected to continue over the next few days, with this weekend "one of the sunniest" of the year so far.

Met Office meteorologist Alex Deakin said: "It may well be the shortest weekend of the year, because the clocks go forward, but it will be one of the sunniest.

"It's going to be blue skies almost across the board on both Saturday and Sunday thanks to a chunky area of high pressure that's just wobbling around across the UK."

However, a cold air mass pushing in on Tuesday is forecast to bring unsettled and wet conditions and lower temperatures from the middle of the week.

The Met Office added wintry showers are also possible across the country, especially in the North and East.

Read our weather live blog for the latest news and forecasts…

  • Joseph Gamp

    The dreaded ‘cold snap’

    Change is coming following the early summer warmth as the airflow shifts from south-easterly to north and north-easterly.

    The high pressure area will move south, ushering in cool weather in its wake.

    This is set to bring a more wintry feel to most of the country by Tuesday next week.

    Sharp frosts are then expected to send temperatures plummeting to as low as -3C across the country – throwing Britain into a bitterly “cold snap”.

    There is even the possibility of snow falling in some areas.

    Wintry showers are forecast in Scotland which could extend into north–east England.

    While patchy low cloud could also be drawn in off the North Sea, smothering coastal areas.

    Met Office meteorologist Becky Mitchell said: “Temperatures are due to fall to around the average for the time of year but it will be noticeably colder than at present.

    “Showers on Tuesday and Wednesday could turn to hill snow in Scotland and some of those wintry showers could spread into north-east England.”

  • Joseph Gamp

    It’s hay fever season

    Experts have warned rising temperatures may cause tree pollen levels to spike in the UK.

    And a third of people with hayfever admitted to staying indoors because their allergies are too severe, a poll found.

    It is thought climate change is increasing temperatures and elongating the pollen season.

    Jin Zhang, global medical director at Kimberly-Clark UK, said: “When temperatures rise, primary sources of pollutants tend to increase, making the air quality even more challenging for millions of hay fever sufferers. 

    “As such, global warming will likely cause pollen seasons to start earlier and last longer.”

  • Joseph Gamp

    Britain facing 60mph gales

    Brits will be faced with stormy weather and winds of close to 60 miles per hour hitting the UK, after a week of high temperatures.

    The high pressure which has brought this nicer, milder weather will then drift off westwards, according to the latest BBC Weather for the Week ahead report.

    It will be replaced by lower pressures and lower temperatures.

    On March 31, rainy weather and high winds will pick up across much of the UK.

    Northern Ireland could see a max wind gust of 50 miles per hour.

    Conditions will be even worse on April 3, with winds expected to be stronger.

    Maximum gusts of around 51.6mph are likely to hit parts of northern Wales, according to maps from WX Charts.

    And in London, the speed is predicted to reach just shy of 60 miles per hour (59.5).

    Jim Dale from the British Weather Services said low pressures with air from Scandinavia will take over from next week.

    Mr Dale added: “[There will be] snow too by the middle of the week for the mountains of Scotland and Scotland as a whole.”

  • Joseph Gamp

    Easter could be WETTEST EVER, bookies say

    This Easter could go down as the wettest on record, according to the latest odds from Ladbrokes.

    Despite temperatures reaching 20C throughout March, the bookies have slashed odds to just 2/1 on next month playing host to the wettest Easter EVER, with things set to take a turn for the worse on the weather front.

    Alex Apati of Ladbrokes said: "Our scorching spring soon looks set to come to an abrupt end with a record-breaking wet Easter seemingly on the cards."

  • Joseph Gamp

    Hot weather is contributing to high pollution levels

    In London, Mayor Sadiq Khan has urged those with health conditions – including heart and lung problems – to limit “strenuous physical exercise”.

    Elsewhere, official advice has warned Brits that anyone else “suffering discomfort” amid high pollution levels should remain indoors too.

    In a bid to cut pollution levels, Londoners who usually drive have been urged to walk or cycle instead.

    High levels of pollution have also been recorded in Leeds, Sheffield, Kent and Sunderland, Defra data reveals.

    In areas of South East England, especially Essex and Norfolk, levels will be “very high”, reports claim.

  • Joseph Gamp

    Brits to bask in sizzling sunshine ALL WEEKEND

    Brits are set to bask in sizzling sunshine ALL week – with yesterday’s high of 19C expected to continue throughout the weekend.

    It comes after the mercury reached 20.5C on Monday as daytime temperatures soared 10C above the March average.

    And this morning’s smog will likely clear by the afternoon, leaving “another warm day with plenty of sunshine for most”, forecasters claim.

    So far, highs of 16C have been recorded in Lincoln.

  • Joseph Gamp

    Chilly but bright start today before sun

    The Met Office said it was a chilly start this morning – but the sun is beginning to make it feel much warmer.

    It tweeted; "A chilly but bright start Saturday Morning but the abundance of spring sunshine will make it feel warm for many by late morning.

    "A small amount of cloud may affect some windward coastal areas."

  • Joseph Gamp

    In pictures: Sunrise over Blackpool Tower

    This stunning image shows the world-famous Blackpool Tower piercing a multi-coloured sky during sunrise over the seaside resort.

    It followed a heatwave which saw all day sunshine and blue skies send temperatures to nearly 21C in London on Wednesday – the hottest day of the year so far.

    And this fine, settled weather is set to continue through Sunday and into Monday.

  • Joseph Gamp

    Weather outlook for Monday to Wednesday

    Remaining warm initially, but gradually turning more unsettled with showers and rain.

    These turning wintry in the north as colder conditions filter southwards.

    Light winds; patchy fog and frost overnight.

  • Joseph Gamp

    Next week 'will be noticeably more colder than at present, says Met Office

    Met Office meteorologist Becky Mitchell said: "Temperatures are due to fall to around the average for the time of year but it will be noticeably colder than at present.

    "Showers on Tuesday and Wednesday could turn to hill snow in Scotland and some of those wintry showers could spread into north-east England."

    But the meteorologist said most parts of England and Wales are still due to stay fine and dry.

    She also warned gardeners not to be too tempted to get the trowel out as the potential sharp frosts could affect plants.

  • Joseph Gamp

    Meteogroup forecast for tonight

    The Meteogroup has released a detailed summary of the UK's weather this evening.

    It will be a "dry evening with clear spells and little in the way of any cloud cover".

    It continued: "Overnight will continue to be dry with clear spells although patches of mist and fog will form and thick cloud cover will build in from the east.

    "Thick cloud cover will spread across much of England and Wales by dawn."

  • Joseph Gamp

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    Joe Gamp here, signing in to our live UK weather coverage.

    I'll be bringing you the latest updates and news right until 2pm this afternoon.

  • Joseph Gamp

    What's in store tonight?

    A clear night for most but less cold than recent nights with more breeze in the south.

    Becoming cloudier in the east with some low cloud and fog in places.

  • Joseph Gamp

    Short weather summary this weekend

    Dry with plenty of warm sunshine for most parts after a chilly start.

    Becoming breezier in the southwest.

    Some low cloud affecting the far north of Scotland, perhaps also affecting some North Sea coasts towards evening.

  • John Hall

    London weather forecast for this weekend

    Mainly dry with sunny spells, prolonged at times, and light winds.

    Mist and fog patches possible in the mornings.

    Warm by day, but remaining chilly overnight with some frost possible.

  • John Hall

    Britain facing 60mph gales

    Brits will be faced with stormy weather and winds of close to 60 miles per hour hitting the UK, after a week of high temperatures.

    The high pressure which has brought this nicer, milder weather will then drift off westwards, according to the latest BBC Weather for the Week ahead report.

    It will be replaced by lower pressures and lower temperatures.

    On March 31, rainy weather and high winds will pick up across much of the UK.

    Northern Ireland could see a max wind gust of 50 miles per hour.

    Conditions will be even worse on April 3, with winds expected to be stronger.

    Maximum gusts of around 51.6mph are likely to hit parts of northern Wales, according to maps from WX Charts.

    And in London, the speed is predicted to reach just shy of 60 miles per hour (59.5).

    Jim Dale from the British Weather Services said low pressures with air from Scandinavia will take over from next week.

    Mr Dale added: “[There will be] snow too by the middle of the week for the mountains of Scotland and Scotland as a whole.”

  • John Hall

    Hot weather is contributing to high pollution levels

    In London, Mayor Sadiq Khan has urged those with health conditions – including heart and lung problems – to limit “strenuous physical exercise”.

    Elsewhere, official advice has warned Brits that anyone else “suffering discomfort” amid high pollution levels should remain indoors too.

    In a bid to cut pollution levels, Londoners who usually drive have been urged to walk or cycle instead.

    High levels of pollution have also been recorded in Leeds, Sheffield, Kent and Sunderland, Defra data reveals.

    In areas of South East England, especially Essex and Norfolk, levels will be “very high”, reports claim.

  • John Hall

    UK weather outlook for Sunday and Monday

    Patches of mist and fog will soon clear on Sunday to reveal a dry and bright day with sunny spells however there will be more cloud across southern areas.

    Monday will be mainly dry but dull with large areas of cloud and a chance of a few showers developing. Bright spells will break through at times.

  • John Hall

    Closest photo of the Sun EVER taken reveals incredible secret

    THE Sun has been revealed as you've never seen it before.

    A spacecraft has managed to snap the closest photo yet of our flaming star, marvelling scientists with superior detail.

    It exposes the fiery outer atmosphere – known as the corona – in amazing high quality that we haven't seen before and could help experts unlock hidden secrets about the Sun.

    The picture was taken on March 7 by the European Space Agency's Solar Orbiter as it reached a very special point in its journey.

    More than two years after launching, the spacecraft reached the halfway spot exactly between Earth and the Sun.

    That's about 46million miles away from both.

    The photo wasn't a fast feat either, taking over four hours to be captured.

    This is because the orbiter got so close it needed to take 25 separate pictures, each taking about ten minutes, and piece them together into one big complete photo.

    The image contains more than 83million pixels in a 9148 x 9112 pixel grid, which is ten times better than what a 4K TV can display.

  • John Hall

    Tomorrow's weather

    Early patches of mist and fog will soon clear during the morning.

    It will then be another fine spring day as it will be dry and warm with lengthy periods of spring sunshine although some patchy cloud will build during the afternoon and sunshine may turn increasingly hazy.

    A dry and clear evening.

  • John Hall

    Tonight's weather

    Any daytime showers will soon clear during the evening to leave it largely dry with clear spells.

    Overnight will then be dry with clear spells although patches of mist and fog will form and will be most frequent across northern Britain.

    There will be variable amounts of cloud in the north.

  • John Hall

    London forecast for tonight

    Dry with largely clear skies and light winds, allowing temperatures to quickly fall.

    Becoming chilly with perhaps some patchy mist and fog forming, particularly in rural locations with minimum temperatures of 1 °C.

  • John Hall

    The dreaded 'cold snap'

    Change is coming following the early summer warmth as the airflow shifts from south-easterly to north and north-easterly.

    The high pressure area will move south, ushering in cool weather in its wake.

    This is set to bring a more wintry feel to most of the country by Tuesday next week.

    Sharp frosts are then expected to send temperatures plummeting to as low as -3C across the country – throwing Britain into a bitterly "cold snap".

    There is even the possibility of snow falling in some areas.

    Wintry showers are forecast in Scotland which could extend into north–east England.

    While patchy low cloud could also be drawn in off the North Sea, smothering coastal areas.

    Met Office meteorologist Becky Mitchell said: "Temperatures are due to fall to around the average for the time of year but it will be noticeably colder than at present.

    "Showers on Tuesday and Wednesday could turn to hill snow in Scotland and some of those wintry showers could spread into north-east England."

  • John Hall

    Mid April forecast

    The weather is likely to turn more unsettled in early April.

    Showers or longer spells of rain are more likely to be seen across the UK, although short drier and more settled interludes are still possible.

    Showers may be heavy at times, with thunder and hail. Moving into mid-April, there is a trend for a return to more settled weather again, although some rain and showers are still possible in places.

    Temperatures are likely to be near average, with the south and southeast on the slightly warmer side.

  • John Hall

    Weekend is heating up

    Brits can expect highs of 19C this weekend making us hotter than Madrid as Britain's heatwave continues.

    Londoners can expect warm temperatures all weekend, but those in Madrid can only expect a cool 14C according to the Met Office.

    The Met Office said Brits can expect 'fine, sunny' weather and 'feeling warm for most.'

    The news comes as many could face a drastic change in weather conditions in the coming few days as the warm weather could be replaced by a cold -8C snap.

    WXCHARTS weather forecast service warns the UK’s 20C heatwave could be replaced by a -8C cold snap as we enter April, suggesting parts of Scotland could see chills of between -6C and -8C.

    The rest of the UK could see equally cold temperatures, however, they do not look set to tip mercury into freezing.

    Parts of Wales instead look set to see temperatures vary from 1C to 3C.

    England could see highs of 4C in Cornwall.

    And to top it all off, snow is also forecast to fall across England on April 1, according to WXCHARTS.

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