Britain is set to bask in glorious 66F sunshine today and tomorrow with ‘extreme’ wildfire warnings in Scotland – as bookies slash odds on May being the hottest ever
- Balmy temperatures are forecast for West Midlands, North-West England, South and West Wales and Ayrshire
- Bookmaker Coral has slashed odds to 2-1 on next month ‘entering the record books’ as the hottest May ever
- But dry conditions could lead to wildfires, with Scottish and Fire Rescue Service issuing an extreme warning
- The mini-heatwave this weekend comes after the UK shivered through the coldest start to April since 2013
Britain is set to bask in glorious 66F (19C) sunshine today and tomorrow with ‘extreme’ wildfire warnings issued for parts of Scotland until Monday.
Balmy temperatures are forecast for the West Midlands, North-West England, South and West Wales and Ayrshire this afternoon with sunshine for most parts on Saturday, according to the Met Office.
Bookmaker Coral has slashed the odds to 2-1 on next month being the hottest May ever, and also made it 11-8 that the UK will record its highest ever temperature at some point this year.
But the dry conditions could lead to wildfires, with the Scottish and Fire Rescue Service (SFRS) issuing an extreme warning covering Southern and Central Scotland, and warning of a very high risk across North West Scotland.
The warm break comes after the UK shivered through the coldest start to April since 2013. The Met Office said mean temperatures were 2-4C cooler than average for the time of year between April 1 and April 18.
Commuters in central London jog in the sun this morning as the capital enjoys warm weather today. Balmy temperatures are forecast for the West Midlands, North-West England, South and West Wales and Ayrshire this afternoon
Commuters walk across London Bridge in the sunshine this morning as fine weather hits the capital. Bookmaker Coral has slashed the odds to 2-1 on next month being the hottest May ever
A map from the Met Office showing the maximum temperatures forecast across the UK for Saturday. Much of the nation can also expect to bask in daytime temperatures in the mid-to-late teens today
SFRS’ local senior officer Bruce Farquharson said: ‘We are asking the public to exercise extreme caution and think twice before using anything involving a naked flame.
‘Many rural and remote communities are hugely impacted by wildfires, which can cause significant damage.
‘Livestock, farmland, wildlife, protected woodland and sites of special scientific interest can all be devastated by these fires – as can the lives of people living and working in rural communities.’
He added: ‘These fires can also have a hugely negative impact on the environment and the release of greenhouse gas emissions into the atmosphere.
‘Human behaviour can significantly lower the chance of a wildfire starting, so it is crucial that people act safely and responsibly in rural environments, and always follow the Scottish Outdoor Access Code.’
Much of the nation can expect to bask in daytime temperatures in the mid-to-late teens on Friday, however the north-eastern coast of Scotland will struggle to get out of single digits.
Commuters cross London Bridge his morning. Covid restrictions have eased across England with cafes, bars and restaurants now open for outdoor drinking and dining
Two joggers bask in the sunshine as they go for a run in central London this morning. The warm break comes after the UK shivered through the coldest start to April since 2013
The sun hits the Shard, London’s highest building, as commuters cross London Bridge today. The Met Office said mean temperatures were 2-4C cooler than average for the time of year between April 1 and April 18
People go for a walk in the early morning sunshine at Blackhouse Woods in Reading today. The dry conditions could lead to wildfires, with the Scottish and Fire Rescue Service (SFRS) issuing an extreme warning for Southern and Central Scotland
Forecasting today’s weather, Met Office meteorologist Aidan McGivern said: ‘That sunshine will soon lift temperatures, and it’s looking like a very similar day to Thursday. Widespread blue skies, just some additional cloud there for central and northern Scotland. For the vast majority it is dry and light winds for most.
‘But we keep that keen breeze over the South West. Again, gusty conditions over the moors and western parts of Devon, as well as Cornwall.
‘Feeling cool where we’ve got the onshore breeze, 10C (50F) to 13C (55F), perhaps around some particularly exposed coast, but inland 14C (57F) to 17C (63F) fairly widely, 18C (64F) or 19C (66F) possible in some favoured spots.’
The warm conditions will then give way to a chilly evening, before the mercury picks back up again on Saturday, though the weather service said it would remain cooler in the east of England.
Mr McGivern said: ‘For most it’s another sunny day to come on Saturday. Bit more of a breeze there across southern parts of the UK, especially across the South West, but actually perhaps a slightly warmer day in one or two spots around the South coast for example.
SFRS’ local senior officer Bruce Farquharson said: ‘We are asking the public to exercise extreme caution and think twice before using anything involving a naked flame’
The sun rises over the River Avon in Warwick this morning. Britain is set for a mini-heatwave this weekend with temperatures forecast to soar and high pressure expected to shift around northern Europe over the coming days
Two people enjoy the early morning sunshine in Warwick. The warm conditions will give way to a chilly evening, before the mercury picks back up again on Saturday
People go for a walk as the sun rises over the River Avon today. The high pressure shift around northern Europe is expected to bring hot air towards the UK this weekend for a 72-hour heat blast
’16C (61F) to 19C (66F) but feeling notably cooler, especially where we’ve got cloudy skies around North Sea coast on Saturday.’
The dry and sunny conditions are expected to persist on Sunday, but forecasters said England’s east may have a little more cloud cover.
Conditions should remain fine in the south heading into early next week but will likely turn more unsettled elsewhere with rain and showers spreading south-east.
Meanwhile, Coral’s Harry Aitkenhead said: ‘We’ve come through a frosty start to April and the thermometers are going to continue to rise now. We think there’s a chance of next month entering the record books as the warmest May we’ve ever had.
‘Looking further forward, our odds show there’s a possibility of our warmest ever summer as well as the UK maybe seeing 40C (104F) recorded for the first time ever.’
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