UK Weather set for hottest day of the year so far as temperatures soar to 18C – Daily Mail
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Britain is set to enjoy the hottest day of the year so far this weekend as temperatures soar to 18C – and forecasters claim the strongest El Nino for 500 years could bring a three-month summer heatwave.
The Met Office said the mercury will widely reach 16C and 17C across southern England today before creeping up towards 18C in the Cambridge and London areas tomorrow – making the UK hotter than Venice, Marbella, and Madrid.
It means Britain could be in for the hottest weekend of the year so far, with the previous warmest day being recorded in Braemar, Scotland on March 17 when the mercury hit 18.7C.
The warmer spell is a welcome relief to many up and down the country who experienced a washout Easter thanks to Storm Katie – and forecasters predict the next three months could bring ‘above-average temperatures’ with highs of up to 27C possible.
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Forecasters say Britain could see the hottest day of the year so far this weekend with the mercury set to reach 16C and 17C across the south today before creeping up towards 18C in the Cambridge and London areas tomorrow. Pictured: Punting on the River Cam, Cambridge
Elle Moore, 26, Nikki Slaghekke, 26, Michelle Allen, 27, and Laura Tott, 23, enjoy the warm weather with a picnic in Hyde Park, London today
Rita Sousa, 19, enjoys the warm weather by relaxing with a good book in Hyde Park, London, today as the mercury soars to the mid teens
Two women take a selfie as they relax in the bright sunshine in London’s Hyde Park today with forecasters promising more sun tomorrow
Watch out! Two-year-old Wiktoria Suszynska appeared apprehensive as she fed a swan at the Serpentine in London’s Hyde Park today
People were enjoying the warm April sunshine on Brighton Beach in Sussex this afternoon as temperatures in southern England hit 18C
Hotter than Spain! Brighton Beach looked glorious in the spring sunshine today and scores of people turned out to make the most of it
Kicking back in the sunshine: Scores of people flocked to Brighton Beach today to soak up the sunshine following the Easter washout
The three-month forecast is a boost for the Queen’s 90th birthday celebrations, the May Bank Holidays and half-term, and early summer music festivals.
Thousands were already making the most of the sunshine today, with families flocking to parks and beaches to soak up the glorious conditions.
The warmer climate is due to tropical continental air being brought into the UK through a change in wind direction and is likely to last until Monday.
However, it will then be cut short early next week when a band of heavy rain sweeps in across the country, bringing widespread downpours to much of England.
John Lee, a forecaster with MeteoGroup, said: ‘It will be a few degrees above average this weekend. For April you are looking at highs of 13C (55.4F) or 14C (57.2F), so reaching 18C or 19C is fairly good.’
Chris Page, a Met Office forecaster, added that the weekend would be ‘rather pleasant’ for most.
He said: ‘It’s going to feel pleasant in the sunshine especially in the south east where we see those blue skies.
‘However, it will go downhill next week. It turns unsettled from Monday and we have outbreaks of patchy rain pushing across the country. Into Tuesday, we see a few more sunny spells and a few isolated showers but another band of rain will begin pushing across all areas on Wednesday.’
The warmer climate this weekend is due to tropical continental air being brought into the UK through a change in wind direction. Pictured: Punters enjoyed a spot of fun on the River Cam in Cambridge today as the sunnier weather replaced the recent misery of Storm Katie
Cambridge student Ellen Mathess relaxing on the River Cam in Cambridge (left) as the first warm day of spring arrives with temperatures rising towards 18C. Meanwhile, hundreds of people used the warmer weather as an opportunity to take a stroll along Brighton promenade
Youngsters enjoyed making sandcastles and taking selfies on Weston-super-Mare beach today as southern England basked in sunshine
Families across the south, including in Weston-super-Mare (above), flocked to beaches and parks to make the most of the warmer weather
Brighton seafront was packed this afternoon as people made the most of a warm April afternoon by kicking back with a drink and a snack
A man enjoys a spot of roller-skiing through a very sunny Hyde Park today as Londoners make the most of the spring-like conditions
Topping up the tan? One man took off his shirt as he soaked up the sun’s rays at London’s Hyde Park in temperatures of up to 18C today
Britain could bask in the warmest weather of the year this weekend as temperatures soar to 18C. Pictured: Horses in Hyde Park, London
A woman walks past daffodils in full bloom on a sunny spring day in St James Park in London as the capital basks in temperatures of 18C
THE GREAT EL NINO EFFECT
El Nino is caused by a shift in the distribution of warm water in the Pacific Ocean around the equator.
Usually the wind blows strongly from east to west, due to the rotation of the Earth, causing water to pile up in the western part of the Pacific.
This pulls up colder water from the deep ocean in the eastern Pacific.
However, in an El Nino, the winds pushing the water get weaker and cause the warmer water to shift back towards the east. This causes the eastern Pacific to get warmer.
But as the ocean temperature is linked to the wind currents, this causes the winds to grow weaker still and so the ocean grows warmer, meaning the El Nino grows.
This change in air and ocean currents around the equator can have a major impact on the weather patterns around the globe by creating pressure anomalies in the atmosphere.
Forecasters also warned that the UK will not enjoy ‘wall-to-wall sunshine’ today, with a band of rain in northern areas spreading to the south east later this evening.
Sunday will be warmer and will see rain in the north and drier weather further south, though with a risk of showers later on.
Mr Lee said: ‘People having barbecues could see them get spoilt as the evening wears on.’
However, if the Met Office’s three-month forecast is anything to go by, there may be plenty more opportunities for barbecues over the coming months.
The three-month forecast, being briefed to councils, the Cabinet Office and transport bosses, says the UK is likely to experience ‘above-average temperatures’ for April, May and June.
It says: ‘The probability the UK average temperature will fall into the warmest of our five categories is 30 per cent. The probability of the coldest of our five categories is 15 per cent.
‘El Nino is a significant feature and is still expected to have wide-reaching global impacts.
‘Connections between El Nino and UK weather are less clear. It will continue to weaken as we enter summer.’
However, despite the warmer conditions, more showers than normal are expected. The Met Office forecast warns of above-average rainfall from April to June.
The strongest El Nino for 500 years is still pumping warm air north, beefing up weather patterns bringing tropical air to Britain. The current ‘Godzilla El Nino’ event is warming the eastern Pacific Ocean.
No El Ninos since modern records began in 1950 have been stronger than the current event, the US government National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s data showed.
Older records show the strongest El Nino between 1800 and 1948 was in 1877-78 – but it was weaker than 1982-83 and 1997-98’s El Ninos, thereby making the current more powerful El Nino the strongest, NOAA data showed.
Youngsters enjoyed an old-fashioned donkey ride on the sandy Weston-super-Mare beach in Somerset this afternoon in glorious sunshine
Donkey rides were in full swing in Weston-super-Mare (left), while one runner made the most of the warm weather in Brighton (right) today
One member of Brighton Swimming club used the warmer weather as an opportunity to cool off and dives into the chilly sea water
Families were enjoying a spot of fun on Worthing Beach, Sussex, today as much of southern England enjoyed clear, blue skies
Families enjoy a sunny morning on Worthing Beach in Sussex today as forecasters predict warmer air and bright sunshine for the weekend
Forecasters say the mercury will widely reach 16C and 17C across southern England today before creeping up towards 18C in the Cambridge and London areas tomorrow. Pictured: There was a stunning and colourful sunrise in the New Forest in Hampshire this morning
Britain could be in for the hottest weekend of the year so far, with the previous warmest day being recorded in Braemar, Scotland on March 17 when the mercury hit 18.7C. However, a band of rain is set to sweep across the country next week. Pictured: The New Forest, Hampshire
The current El Nino is the strongest since 1500, studies by the late El Nino expert William Quinn show.
The major El Ninos in 1578, 1728 and 1791 were all weaker than the 1982-83 event, Quinn’s book ‘El Nino Occurrences Over the Past Four and a Half Centuries’ showed.
The Met Office, referring to modern US Government records which began in 1948, said: ‘This El Nino ranks among the strongest on record.’
Bookmakers are now predicting the hottest day of the year this weekend, but seem sceptical that this April will be the hottest on record.
Coral slashed odds on the warmest day of the year occurring this weekend from 5/1 to even money.
Bets on temperatures reaching 18C are placed at 5/1, with the odds of 9/4 offered on warm weather hitting 16C.
The bookmakers also seem sceptical that this April will be the hottest on record, with odds of 100/1.
Nicola McGeady, spokeswoman for Coral, said: ‘The odds indicate that the winter woollies will finally be ditched this weekend as temperatures are set to soar and judging by the bets, punters are banking on sunny start to April.’
SWAN STEALS THE SHOW AS PHOTOGRAPHER TAKES STUNNING IMAGES OF PICTURESQUE LAKE BLED IN SLOVENIA
A swan liked being in a photoshoot on a stunning lake so much that it joined the photographer for a series of more intimate shots.
The scene was like something from a fairytale – sitting on the misty Lake Bled in Slovenia surrounds a small island with a 15th Century church on it and in the background rows of trees and a snowy mountain range can be seen.
But perhaps most striking was the pretty swan swimming on the picturesque lake, mirrored perfectly by the still water.
Photographer Ales Komovec, 46, was taking photographs of the Lake Bled in Slovenia when this swan wanted to jump in on the action
At one point, the swan got out of the water infront of Mr Komovec and looked at the camera as the stunning scene acts as a backdrop
Photographer Ales Komovec, 46, said: ‘I went there to shoot some landscape photos, with early morning light and mists on the lake.
‘When I walked around the lake I spotted the swan swimming just between me and the island, so I followed him and of course made some shots.
‘The lake was calm, there was no wind, the light was right, so the reflection on the water was perfect, and the swan looks like he is swimming on clouds.
‘I was so lucky to be able to get the shots of the swan while it was eating grass, he was not aggressive at all and I was only about one or two metres away from him.
‘Bled is known for the glacial Lake Bled, which makes it a major tourist attraction. Perched on a rock overlooking the lake is the iconic Bled Castle. The town is also known in Slovenia for its vanilla and cream pastry.
‘A small island in the middle of the lake is home to Assumption of Mary Pilgrimage Church – visitors frequently ring its bell for good luck.’
The misty Lake Bled in Slovenia surrounds a small island with a 15th Century church on it, set in front of a snowy mountain range
UK Weather set for hottest day of the year so far as temperatures soar to 18C – Daily Mail