Highs of 18C expected on Saturday as dry and sunny weather continues

John Besley, PA
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Most of the UK can look forward to a dry and sunny weekend as daytime temperatures in some areas are forecast to approach 20C, the Met Office has said.

Chilly conditions on Saturday morning are set to make way for a warm afternoon, with highs of 18C (64F) expected in Manchester and Caernarfon, Wales.

Most of the nation will see the mercury hover around the mid-teens, but some breezy conditions are forecast to keep temperatures in the single digits in the east and northeast.

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Another cold night will be followed by more widespread sunshine on Sunday, however the Met Office said most areas of the UK are not expected to be as warm as Friday and Saturday.

The forecast should maintain the trend of what has been one of the driest Aprils on record with the UK seeing less than a fifth of the average rainfall for the month so far.

There has been an average of 12.8mm of rain across the UK up to April 22, much lower than the April average of 72.53mm, according to Met Office figures.

A typical April in the UK would have had 70% of its rainfall by now, but it instead has just had 18%.

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The driest April on record across the UK was in 1938 when 14.1mm of rain was recorded, followed by April 1974 when 14.6mm of rain fell.

Despite the run of dry weather, the Environment Agency said the nation’s water reserves are in a good position.

An Environment Agency spokesperson said: “Despite the recent dry weather causing some reductions to river flows in north west and south west England, most water companies have appropriate water reserves for this time of year.”