UK weather: Brits prepare for 'seven days of sunshine' and temperatures hotter than Greece

'For the next seven days at least it’s going to bring plenty of warm sunshine' Met Office meteorologist Aidan McGivern

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Today:

Mostly dry with spells of hazy sunshine. Scattered showers may develop over the Midlands, northern England, southern Scotland and Northern Ireland during the afternoon. Most places missing these but the odd one could be heavy. Warm in the sunshine.

Tonight:

Any showers fading, then dry with clear spells. Some rural spots ending up with grass frost, while a few fog patches are likely, more especially in east and northeast England.

Wednesday:

After any fog clears, many areas fine, with temperatures well above average and feeling warm in the sunshine. One or two places in the east could catch a stray shower.

Outlook for Thursday to Saturday:

Dry for most with warm sunny spells and patchy rural frost and fog overnight. Cloudier across the far north with some patchy rain or drizzle at times. Light winds.

People walk by daffodils and flowering cherry blossom in War Memorial Park in Coventry.
People walk by daffodils and flowering cherry blossom in War Memorial Park in Coventry.

Following a warm weekend when the mercury hit 20.2C in Kinlochewe in Scotland, Met Office meteorologist Aidan McGivern said Britons can look forward to a further “seven days” of sunshine “at least”.

“There will be more spring sunshine to come during the rest of the week,” he said.

“High pressure close to the east then becomes increasingly centred over the UK from Wednesday into Thursday and Friday.

“That high pressure isn’t going anywhere for the foreseeable.

“For the next seven days at least it’s going to bring plenty of warm sunshine.”

He added that “variable amounts of cloud” will move across parts of northern England, the Midlands and southern Scotland on Tuesday bringing “a few lights showers”, but most of the day will be dry and sunny.

London is set to see 18C heat on Tuesday, while 16C in predicted in Cardiff, 15C in Belfast and 13C in Edinburgh.

Similar temperatures are forecast for the following days, with the mercury dropping one or two degrees towards the end of the week.

Cold nights are forecast to follow balmy days with the mercury dropping to single figures in most areas, and to just below freezing overnight in some rural areas.