UK weather forecast: Charts turn orange as 19C blast bakes UK this weekend – latest maps

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Hot air is predicted to sweep over the UK over the next few days, before colder air then hits later next week. The Met Office has predicted baking temperatures over the weekend, as highs of 19C (66F) hit western regions from today. Temperatures could also reach 15C (59F) in Leeds, the Yorkshire Dales and London later today, according to WXCHARTS.

Tomorrow, highs of 15C (59F) could hit south eastern parts of England again including London and Kent.

Charts also show a swathe of different shades of orange spreading across most of the country today, suggesting hot air will make its mark.

The warm break comes after the UK shivered through the coldest start to April since 2013.

A Met Office spokesperson told “Over the weekend, there will be more of a breeze in the east, making it feel cooler.

“But the west will be warmer, temperatures climbing up to 19C (66F) from Friday in the West Midlands and western Wales.

“Further north, Scotland could also see 18C (64F) as the air warms up as it sweeps across the land from the east.

“Saturday will also be warm but Sunday should be cooler and breezier across the UK as temperatures are likely to hit 15C (59F).”

Grahame Madge, a climate spokesman at the Met Office, also said the rest of April is likely to stay dry.

He said: “Really for the rest of the month there isn’t any signal for significant rainfall.

“That’s not necessarily going to do anything to top up these figures and get us anywhere near average.

“So I think we recognise that obviously with eight or so days to go April is going to be a very dry month.

“I think there is a good chance that if the month continues in line with the forecast that we are going to be in line for seeing this as one of the driest Aprils.”

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Brian Gaze, a forecaster at Weather Outlook, added the mornings during the weekend may start on a cool note before warming up by the afternoon.

He said: “Friday begins dry and there has been a widespread frost.

“Through the day sunny periods develop in most of the UK, but there will be more cloud at times in the north.

“After the cold start, it quickly warms up and feels pleasant in the afternoon.

“Tomorrow it’s a very similar picture with most of the UK having fine weather.

“There is a possibility of light and scattered showers developing in the north, but most places miss them.

“After the chilly start temperatures quickly climb, but it probably remains chilly near to the east coast.

“Through Sunday high pressure keeps things settled, but isolated showers be a risk in the north.

“In the afternoon it should be quite warm.”

Jo Farrow at Net Weather also suggested temperatures could nudge 20C (68F) over the next couple of days.

She said: “Another fine, sunny day on Saturday but low cloud is forecast to creep along the Forth and over coastal counties of SE Scotland and north east England.

“So temperatures here will stay down.

“Temperatures will be 15C (59F) to 17C (63F) but still with the cool east wind along the English Channel.

“North East Britain will feel colder in the breeze off the sea and with more cloud but as always warm in any sheltered sunny spells.

“More cloud for Britain to start Sunday, but most of it will dissolve away in the morning leaving another fine, sunny and dry day.”

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