BBC Weather: Temperatures to 'fall away' as wintry showers hit
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As coronavirus restrictions across England were eased, pub-goers celebrated the return to their favourite establishment. However, temperatures are set to remain cold for the rest of the week, reaching highs of just 15 degrees by Sunday, April 18.
Temperatures will linger around 12C (53.6F) on April 20, according to WXCharts but those longing for warmer weather will not have to wait much longer.
As early as next week, temperatures will soar to 17C (62.6F) degrees by Friday, April 23 as Britain will bask in a mini-heatwave.
Sadly, the mini-heatwave will only remain for a short period before temperatures will drop back down to 12C (53.6F) towards the end of the month.
The Met Office’s long-range forecast said temperatures will remain below average at first before reaching slightly above average at times.
They said: “Temperatures will likely remain at or slightly below average at first, before recovering to potentially slightly above average at times.
“Confidence decreases after this, however towards the end of this period, it looks as though settled conditions could well return, with dry and bright weather likely.
“Generally, it is expected to feel rather warm, although temperatures could be suppressed in wetter areas.”
While temperatures are set to drop, WXCharts predicted the weather will remain dry in most parts of the country.
Northern Ireland, Wales and parts of Scotland will see up to 38mm of rainfall, while the rest of the country will remain dry.
For the rest of the month, the Met Office predicted: “Confidence remains low for this period, however, mixed and slowly evolving weather patterns, typical of spring, are most likely through the late-April into May.
“Fine and dry weather is likely to be more prevalent overall, especially during late-April, with this signal waning during May, although all areas are likely to see some showers or longer spells of rain at times.
“Temperatures probably close to average with some warmer spells are possible at times.”
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From April 22 to 25, temperatures will be at their highest, as the mercury could remain regularly at 6C (42.8F) above average for this time of year.
This mini-heatwave comes as snow, sleet and chilly temperatures hit parts of the UK this morning.
Based on records from 1981 to 2010 the UK average is for 2.3 days of snow in April.
That’s more than the average for November, which is 1.7 days.
In early April 2019, Britain was hit by a similar cold snap that covered much of Scotland and northern England in snow.
The Met Office reports “perhaps the most outstanding April snow event” occurring in 1981, when the map of the British Isles turned white.
On April 25 that year over 30cm of snow was recorded over the high ground of the Pennines, with 29cm in Sheffield and 26cm in Buxton.
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