Sunshine to return to UK after blast of 'warm air from Sahara'

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Pretty scenes in Leamington Spa in the Summer -Credit:Coventry Live/Tristan Potter

Sunshine will sweep across parts of the UK in the coming days. According to the Met Office, temperatures of 16C could be felt across many areas of Britain this weekend.

There is expected to be a return of sunny skies, with warmth from Europe. It could mirror the glorious weather France and Spain are currently enjoying.

Weather experts predict the best of the weather will be in the Midlands, south Wales and Southwest of England on Sunday, April 21. Highs of 16C are likely near Bristol, Gloucester and Worcester.

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South Wales is also expected to be warm, especially in Monmouthshire and Gwent. Parts of rural Scotland, including Perth and Kinross, could see 15C, Mirror reports.

Netweather forecaster Jo Farrow said: "Warm air from the Sahara was transported over Iberia towards southern France around an area of high pressure. This proved exceptional for the beginning of April with an average temperature in France (average of temperatures over 30 reference stations) reaching 17.9C, which had never happened before April 15 in France.

"Last week, warm air from Africa flowed up through Spain and France reaching parts of Britain. North London saw 21.5C on Friday. Saturday saw the highest UK temperature of the year, so far, near Chelmsford in Essex with 21.8C."

InMeteo forecasters at Ventusky say 17C could be felt near Swansea, south Wales, on Monday, April 22. Highs of 16C are predicted in Greater Manchester.

A Met Office spokesperson said: "Over the weekend and into the new week a build of high pressure will likely occur, meaning more in the way of dry and calm weather across the UK as a whole." The Met Office predicts the spell of high pressure to last into May.

It said: "Around the turn of the month high pressure will probably remain close to the UK, with a good deal of dry and calm weather continuing for many areas. Into early May, these settled conditions will probably move northwards, with the driest weather perhaps across the northwest of the UK.

"If any more unsettled conditions develop these are more likely to affect south with a risk of some heavy rain or showers."