Brits set to bask in St Patricks Day heatwave with mercury topping 19C

Britain is set to bask in a St Patrick’s week heatwave with temperatures reaching 19C.

A 700 mile-wide African heat burst which will blow to Britain via the continent will see us basking in temperatures hotter than Rome.

The early spring warm-up is due tomorrow when it will hit 16C. On Wednesday it will creep up to 18C or 19C and the temperature will remain in the high teens for St Patrick’s Day parties on Thursday and into the weekend.

Temperatures will be well above 11C average March highs, and warmer than 15C Rome.

The Met Office forecasts dry skies today and tomorrow, then sunshine and clear skies for most parts after Wednesday’s showers.

Chilly air could return later in the weekend, but the Met Office said more warm weather is ahead for the run-up to Easter.

Ex-BBC and Met Office forecaster John Hammond of weathertrending said: “Spring will be in the air, with a gentle breeze from the warming continent and temperatures rising through the teens.

“Wet weather will give way to sunshine, with a drier and warmer trend through mid-March.”

A Met Office forecaster said: “Monday’s sunny spells in the South will see temperatures a little above average. Tuesday will be dry in the South-East, with the North-West’s rain spreading on Wednesday.

“But it will be fine and sunny from Thursday for the UK. From then to late March has temperatures from mild to very mild for most, with dry conditions and the sunniest weather in the South and East.

“It may be chilly should winds tap into colder air across eastern Europe.”

Next month, the Met Office has predicted record temperatures that will see the UK reach a whopping 28C.

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Top weather forecaster Jim Dale said Brits can look forward to the sunny skies arriving “fairly early” this year.

April temperatures in the UK usually reach a daily high of around 12C and a low of 4C – but the high this year could reach a scorching 28C.

He said the spikes are becoming more likely because of global warming.

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