Britain set for hottest day of the year this week as temperatures hit 22C

UK will feel like summer has hit early this week


Spring weather Apr 6th 2015

Britain is likely to enjoy its hottest day of the year this week as a band of hot air from Europe sweeps in.

Known as the Spanish Plume, the weather phenomenon will mean the UK will feel like summer has started early for a few days.

The UK is likely to see its hottest day of the year so far on Thursday or Friday, when temperatures should reach around 22C.

Met Office forecaster Craig Snell told the Daily Telegraph: "Warm air from France and the continent is expected to cross the country on Thursday, bringing sunnier skies, especially in the South. We could see 70F (21C), and 72F (22C) if there is a good day of sunshine.

"The warmth looks to continue in the East on Friday at (68F) 20C."

Spring weather Apr 6th 2015

Britain already enjoyed the hottest day of the year over the Bank Holiday weekend, with Easter Sunday enjoying a high of 20.7C at Aboyne in Aberdeenshire, and then Easter Monday topped that with 21C recorded. Parks and beaches across the country were filled with sun-worshippers making the most of the balmy climate.

Leon Brown, meteorologist at The Weather Channel, told Aol Travel the sun will last all week, before getting cooler again at the weekend.

The good news? It will then get hotter again next week. He said: "After the weekend, the weather looks like it will become warmer again as the jet stream moves north again.

"We could see a spell of well above-average temperatures in southerly breezes, perhaps widely in the low 20s Celsius by next Thursday across southern and central Britain so feeling like late spring or early summer!"

Spring weather Apr 6th 2015

Chris Burton, forecaster at The Weather Network, agreed, telling Aol Travel: "After a dry and rather warm end to the Easter long weekend, the fine conditions are set to continue throughout much of this week as high pressure sticks around.

"It is set to get warmer still as we go into Thursday and Friday as winds swing round to a southerly direction.

"This will draw up some very warm air from the Mediterranean, perhaps allowing temperatures to hit 21C or 22C in a few spots during Thursday, and in particular, Friday afternoon.

"The warmth could spark off a few sharp showers by the end of Friday and that will herald something a little more unsettled for the weekend."

According to Ladbrokes, the odds are 8/11 that we will see the hottest day of 2015 this week with predictions of high temperatures of around 70F.

The odds have also been slashed in half to 10/1 that this month becomes the hottest April on record.

Jessica Bridge of Ladbrokes told Aol Travel: "It looks like the Easter weekend's going to be extended as workers all over the country skive off to bask in the glorious sunshine."

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