Bright sunshine and warm temperatures expected in UK this week - here’s the forecast

Tuesday, 21st April 2020, 3:28 pm
Updated Tuesday, 21st April 2020, 3:29 pm
The UK is set to see bright, sunny skies this week, with temperatures as high as 21C degrees in some areas (Photo: Shutterstock)

The UK is set to see bright, sunny skies this week, with temperatures as high as 21C degrees in some areas.

Here’s this week’s weather forecast.

What’s the weather like this week?

Tuesday (21 April) will see bright sunshine throughout the day in most areas. Maximum temperature of 17C.

Tuesday evening will be clear in most areas, but rather breezy and chilly. A touch of frost is possible in the north, mainly for parts of Scotland. Patchy low cloud will form on some east-facing hills from Wales northwards, perhaps with a very isolated fog patch.

Wednesday (22 April) will see any mist or low cloud clear away quite quickly, then it will be sunny just about everywhere.

After a chilly start, it will be warmer and less breezy for most areas, highest temperatures in the west.

The Met Office outlook for Thursday to Saturday says, “Warm and sunny for most, although cooler along the coasts. Some patchy rain in parts of Scotland over the weekend, perhaps some showers in the southwest.”

How will the weather be at the weekend?

Looking further ahead, the Met Office UK outlook for Saturday 25 April to Monday 4 May, says “It is expected to be largely fine and dry with plenty of sunshine to start this period, with any risk of showery conditions confined to the south of England.

“When, at times, unsettled conditions reach the south, it may also carry a risk of thunder and lightning. Temperatures are expected to be rather warm for most, but perhaps cool along eastern coastlines. “

Temperatures will then tend towards average for the time of year, with any overnight frosts isolated to sheltered northern regions.

The largely sunny, settled conditions with light winds are expected to continue until the end of April, when showery, unsettled conditions may then become more widespread and extend further north.

What’s the long-range forecast?

The Met Office UK forecast for Tuesday 5 May until Tuesday 19 May explains that, “Although confidence is low for this period, it is likely that unsettled, showery conditions that were confined to the south, will extend further north and become somewhat widespread.”

It is also possible that towards the middle of May we will see a return to settled conditions with dry and bright weather. Temperatures are expected to be overall near or above average.

Stay at home

The Met Office has previously reminded the public to “please remember, despite the sunny weather, during this Coronavirus crisis the Government advice is to only go outside for food, health reasons or work, to stay 2 metres (6ft) away from other people and to wash your hands regularly.”

Current government guidance is to only leave the house for very limited purposes, which are:-shopping for basic necessities, for example food and medicine, which must be as infrequent as possible.-one form of exercise a day, for example a run, walk, or cycle - alone or with members of your household.-any medical need, including to donate blood, avoid or escape risk of injury or harm, or to provide care or to help a vulnerable person.-travelling for work purposes, but only where you cannot work from home