TEMPERATURES are set to rocket to 25C this week as a 500 mile-wide continental heat plume is forecast to engulf Britain.

Hotter-than-average temperatures are forecast for next weekend and will continue well into the month of May.

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Monday is forecast to see 19C a total of 5C above average with a week of blue skies for most apart from showers on Tuesday.

Highs ease to 15C in midweek but the Met Office predicted temperatures warming up again by the weekend.

The mercury could rise up to 18C next Saturday and Sunday.

Met Office forecaster Marco Petagna said: “Daytime temperatures will rise a little over the next few days.”

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

A Met Office forecaster said: “Temperatures recover on Monday and most areas will feel warm by the afternoon.

“After some rain on Tuesday, most will be fine and dry to the weekend, with high pressure dominating and temperatures probably warming slightly by the weekend.

“Plenty of sunny spells are expected into May, with the possibility of warmer spells.”

The Met Office's long forecast predicts the first half of May will see good temperatures.

It says: "Mixed weather patterns, typical of spring are most likely through the first half of May.

"Overall, fine and dry weather is expected to be most dominant, with fair-weather cloud and plenty of sunny spells."

It reached 17C today and will continue to rise tomorrow and Tuesday, with highs of 18C expected across both days.

Thrilled Brits have been snapped messing about on rivers, riding horses through brightly coloured fields and strolling in parks.

It comes after Covid restrictions were lifted and people can now happily mingle more freely.

“Daytime temperatures will rise a little over the next few days,"Met Office forecaster Marco Petagna said.

Light showers are set to interrupt the springtime scorcher on Wednesday but temperatures will still remain well above the 13C April average.

Bookies Coral have now cut the odds on next month being the warmest May on record in the UK to just 3-1.

Spokesman Harry Aitkenhead said: "We've endured plenty of cold days this April but the sun is beginning to shine and the long-range forecast looks good. 

April is on track to be the coldest for 31 years after Arctic buffetings this month.

The 4.6C UK average temperature up to mid-month is 2.8C below the 7.4C usual April temperature over the whole month.

This month's mark will increase a little as the mercury rises, but, with cold nights, it would take an unforecast heatwave to prevent the month ending colder-than-average.

April will be the coldest since 1989 if the month's average temperature – which includes day and night temperatures – stays more than 1.1C below normal, Met Office records show.

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