UK weather forecast: Spring set to be HOTTEST ON RECORD - odds of heatwave SLASHED

Temperatures are set to pass 18C in the UK in the next few days and betting company Ladbrokes have reduced the odds from 5/2 to 6/4 on this being the hottest ever spring. Alex Apati of Ladbrokes said: “Brits have just enjoyed the first sunny weekend of the year and there's plenty more of where that came from if the latest odds are anything to go by." Booking company Coral has cut the odds of spring being the hottest on record from 4/1 to 5/4 with spokesman Harry Aitkenhead saying: “Punters believe a sizzling spring is ahead."

The Met Office three-month forecast said: "For March-May, above-average temperatures are more likely than below-average.

"The probability UK average temperatures will fall into the warmest of our five categories is 50 percent.

“The coldest category is 10 percent.

"Some long-range prediction systems indicate an increased chance of high pressure to the south of the UK."

The Weather Outlook forecaster Brian Gaze: “With computer models strongly favouring a warm spring, there is potential for the record for the hottest spring to be challenged.

“26C highs are likely in April.

“Plumes of warm air from Africa are expected.

“And there is an increased chance of a hot and settled summer due to the trend for more high pressure, which brings hot conditions in summer.”

In February of this year, there was the hottest day on record with temperatures hitting 21.2C in Kew, West London.

The warm weather could mean big April events, such as the Boat Race, Easter Holidays and London and Brighton Marathon take place on scorching days.

The warmest spring on record was in 2011 when there was an average daylight temperature of 9.2C.

The sunniest spring was in 1948 when there was a total of 558 sunshine hours.

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