UK heatwave forecast: Temperatures to soar 28C in 48 hours as blistering sun returns

Temperatures peaked at near 25C over the bank holiday weekend, with Britons able to enjoy the sunshine in gardens and on balconies, before conditions sharply plunged on Easter Monday. On Tuesday thermometers even tumbled to near -7C in North East England and -6C in some parts of Scotland in the early hours of the morning. Now Britain is bracing for temperatures to soar once again this week, with parts of the south of the country nearing 21C on Thursday - in a stark 28C difference in just over 48 hours in the UK from Tuesday morning.

Commenting on the freezing conditions which swept across the country in the early hours of Tuesday morning, BBC Weather wrote: “Jack Frost was busy this morning with the temperatures as low as -7C in North East England.

“Bit of cloud for some but the sunny theme continues for most.”

In a video which followed, meteorologist Simon King said: “It may well be the middle of April, but we’ve had a cold and frosty start to the day, with temperatures down to -6C in North East England and parts of Scotland.

“This morning for many of us it’s another sunny start to the day and many will keep that sunshine into the afternoon.

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UK weather forecast: Temperatures to soar this week (Image: WXCHARTS)

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BBC Weather: Warmer air moving across Britain this week (Image: bbc)

“But, for South East England a bit more cloud here this morning, that’ll tend to break up, and move back to the North Sea coasts.

“And we’ve got some cloud in the North West of Scotland. Elsewhere, across Scotland and Northern Ireland, the sunshine might turn quite hazy.

“The winds are much lighter compared to yesterday so temperatures up by a couple of degrees about 10C to 15C. And it should feel warmer than yesterday.”

Moving into Wednesday, the BBC Weather forecaster said “temperatures will start to rise further with more sunshine”.

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Jack Frost was busy this morning with the temperature as low as -7C in North East England

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While looking at Thursday, Mr King said it it would be “a warmer day still” with “those highs up to 20C or 21C”.

With temperatures expected to climb this week, the Met Office suggest frost and fog will remain on Tuesday evening.

They write: “A clear and cold night with a frost for many, and some patchy fog in the northwest. In the far northwest, it will remain cloudier and milder.”

The forecast for Wednesday adds: “Following a further cold and frosty start another sunny day follows for the majority. The exception remains the far northwest where it remains stubbornly cloudy.”

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UK hot weather: Warmer temperatures moving in this week (Image: wxcharts)

Warm temperatures have caused problems for police across the country as they try to implement the government’s strict social distancing rules.

Britons have been in lockdown for three weeks to try to halt the spread of the potentially deadly coronavirus, which has already sadly taken the lives of over 11,000 people in the UK.

But, with warmer conditions, concerns grow that some Britons will flaunt social distancing rules by sitting in parks or leaving their homes without a reasonable excuse.

The Government has clearly set out the only reasons why people should be leaving their homes at the moment, these include for food supplies, for medical supplies or to help the vulnerable, to exercise once a day, or to travel to and from work, if it cannot be done from home.

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Hottest temperatures recorded in Britain (Image: nc)

Looking forward further this month, the Met Office has claimed temperatures are likely to be “above average for most”, which could create further complications for police - who have already faced some criticism over the way they have handled the COVID-19 crisis so far and implemented the government's measures.

The Met Office’s long-range forecast from Saturday 18, April, to Monday 27, April, reads: “Remaining mostly fine and dry on Saturday with many places seeing sunny spells once early mist patches clear.

“The south/southwest may see cloud build through the day with some outbreaks of showery rain at times. Generally warm, but cooler in the breeze.”

Looking forward, the Met Office said “settled conditions seem likely to continue for much of the country”, with “good spells of sunshine and dry weather, especially across central areas of the UK”.

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The Met Office added: “Showers and some longer spells of rain are possible at times in the south, whilst the far north may see bands of more persistent rain accompanied by stronger winds.

“Temperatures should be above average for most, but there is still the risk of the odd isolated frost in rural areas by night.”

Some leading bookmakers have even slashed odds on this month going down as the hottest April on record.

Alex Apati of Ladbrokes said: "Don't be surprised to see this month go down as a record-breaking one on the weather front with Brits set to bask in baking temperatures."

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