UK: Taste of summer to erase winter blues this week
By Eric Leister, AccuWeather senior meteorologist
April 16, 2018, 8:17:19 AM EDT
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Following one of the harshest winters in recent years, a prolonged spell of summerlike warmth will greet anyone heading outdoors this week.
While the most intense warmth will be felt across Southern England and Wales, the rest of the country will enjoy several days of above-normal temperatures.
Monday will be coolest day of the week before temperatures climb each day through Thursday setting the stage for the highest temperatures so far this year.
Tuesday will be a damp day across northern and western areas while the southeast stays dry and temperatures begin to trend upwards.
Belfast, Edinburgh, Manchester and Cardiff can all expect rainy spells while London will stay dry with sunny spells and a high temperature of 18 C (64 F).
The warmth will kick into another gear on Wednesday as a strong area of high pressure over northern Europe pulls air from Africa and the Mediterranean across much of the United Kingdom.
High temperatures of 16-20 C (60-68 F) are expected in most locations with a few spots reaching 21 C (70 F) in the southeast.
Rainfall will be limited to Northern Ireland and western Scotland as sunshine increases elsewhere.
This area of high pressure will bring dry weather to most of the U.K. on Thursday and Friday with any showers limited to northern and western Scotland.
Temperatures will continue to trend upwards on Thursday with highs ranging from 16 C (60 F) in Belfast to 23 C (74 F) in London.
A weak push of cooler air may try to reach Northern Ireland and Scotland on Friday; however temperatures will remain well above normal across the remainder of the country.
The warmth is projected to last through the weekend across the south and east.
The unseasonable warmth will be great for people with outdoor plans, such as attending the London Marathon.
The warmth will be less than ideal for the runners who are hoping for temperatures closer to the normal of 14 C (57 F) in London.
Dry weather is expected in London; however, a storm approaching from the Atlantic will bring showers back to the north and west.
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