Saturday was a stellar day across much of the U.K. Temperatures soared to near 20C near London. And, Sunday could prove slightly warmer.
Following months of stormy weather, high pressure brought this stretch of unseasonable warmth and plenty of sunshine to the United Kingdom, Ireland and western Europe.
A wet February for much of the U.K. came on the heels of record-setting rainfall earlier this winter. In the U.K., December and January were the wettest on record.
High pressure has shifted to the southwest this weekend allowing some showers to occur across Scotland; however, dry weather will continue across much of Ireland, Wales and England. Despite a mixture of clouds and sunshine temperatures will remain well above normal this weekend.
The Eiffel Tower rises from behind blossoming flowers and trees in Paris, France, Tuesday, April 16, 2013. (AP Photo/Jacques Brinon)
Stormy weather will return to Ireland and the United Kingdom during the first half of next week with both spells of rain and strong winds. Meanwhile, dry and warm weather will hold on from France into Spain and Portugal.
The changing of the seasons will bring beneficial rainfall to northern Brazil, a region that has experienced severe drought over the past several years.
Rain and thunderstorms will continue to cause travel delays and raise the risk of isolated flooding in parts of the northeastern United States and Atlantic Canada into the weekend.
Typhoon Haima made a second landfall in southeastern China on Friday after leaving at least 13 dead in the northern Philippines.
Damaging storms pounded the Pacific Northwest, while two powerful typhoons struck the Philippines within a four-day span.
A dramatic change to colder weather, and in some cases a taste of winter with snow, will take place into this weekend.
Orionid meteors will streak across the night sky as the shower is set to peak late this week.
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