Temperatures are likely to drop by up to 10C on Monday, so forecasters are advising Britons to enjoy the weekend sun while it lasts.
Enjoy the hot weather while you can, Britons, this weekend’s high temperatures are set to drop by up to 10C on Monday.
Temperatures expected to reach 24C (75F) in the south-east on Sunday, which is forecast to be the hottest day of the year so far. These temperatures rival holiday destinations such Majorca and Ibiza.
However, this heat wave will not last, as temperatures are forecast to drop after a cold front will sweep the country before the Easter break.
A gust of warm continental air will be pushed up on Saturday from France and Spain, this will cause temperatures to reach 21C in London and 18-19C elsewhere.
Due to the warm weather, the Grand National day organizers declared that the first four horses to arrive will be washed down in the cooling area before proceeding to the winner’s enclosure.
Forecaster for the Met Office, Emma Boorman said: “There was a little fog this morning but that’s lifting and breaking now and we’ll have unbroken sunshine across the UK. The exception to this is the far north-west of Scotland, which will see cloud.
That cloud would move south on Sunday, possibly bringing rain to the rest of Scotland and Northern Ireland,” she said, “but the vast majority of England and Wales will have a very fine day with plenty of sunshine”.
Boorman added that the cloud was part of a colder front moving in, which will cause temperatures in London to drop from 24C on Sunday to 14C by Monday afternoon. “Everyone will really notice the difference,” Boorman added.
Boorman continued saying that despite last year having cooler temperatures, the fluctuation of temperatures is normal during spring. “It’s always up and down. The warm weather is just a teaser but my advice is to stay safe in the sun. It’s hotter than you think at this time of the year so everyone should get the sunscreen out,” she said.
People were also advised to protect themselves from harmful UV rays by Public Health England (PHE). Head of the PHE’s Centre for Radiation, Chemical and Environmental Hazards, Prof John O’Hagan, said: “It’s worth remembering that at this time of the year UV can be as strong as it is in August. Many of us won’t yet be acclimatized to that and so may burn more quickly than usual.”