20C temperatures to roast Brits as two counties set to be hottest in UK

The UK is set to sizzle with 20C temperatures, with two English counties expected to be the hottest.

The country is bracing for temperatures to soar in just a few days as glorious sunshine makes a welcome return. It comes after heavy shows and rumbles lashed down on Monday (April 15) with loud rumbles of thunder heard across the region.

Over last weekend, a three-day mini-heatwave saw temperatures peak at 21.5C in parts of east England and the south, including London. This made it the warmest weekend of the year so far, and forecasters predict there's more warmth on the way, BirminghamLive reports.


Sunday afternoon is expected to see highs of 17C in Wales, while the Midlands could reach 16C. This is a stark contrast to Monday's weather and the midweek forecast, which predicts freezing temperatures in parts of northern England and Scotland.

Devon and Cornwall are predicted to enjoy temperatures in the high teens, while Herefordshire and Gloucestershire can expect a pleasant 16C. This is a significant improvement from the -1C low forecasted by WX Charts, which uses data from Met Desk.

The Met Office outlook for the rest of the week reads: "Generally dry for the rest of the week though cloudy at times with some showers possible. Temperatures around the seasonal average and a noticeable fresher feel to the weather."

The BBC Weather team input adds: "Cloudier for many on Wednesday with frequent showers in the north and east. Some could be wintry over higher ground here, while the south and west will see lighter showers and sunny spells.

"Clear for most by evening, but cloudier in Northern Ireland. Showery rain in the far north on Thursday, sunnier in the south.

"Patchy drizzle in places and partly cloudy on Friday."

The Met Office adds: "From Friday onwards and into the new week a build of high pressure will likely occur, meaning more in the way of dry weather across the UK as a whole. Cloud cover is rather uncertain, as some cloudy and clear regions are expected, with the chance of frost and fog where the clearer conditions are to be found overnight."