UK set to experience hottest weekend of the year, but April showers are on their way

Here’s hoping for weather like this… (Picture: REX Features)

The UK is set to bask in the warmest weekend of the year – with temperatures expected to reach highs of up to 23C this weekend.

Forecasters say that highs of 23C will be experienced across Britain, with sunshine and blue skies expected in the coming days.

It comes after Britain experienced its fifth-equal warmest March since 1910 – with a rare ‘high’ of 22.1C recorded in Gravesend, Kent.

Tim Legg, climate scientist in the Met Office’s National Climate Information Centre, said: ‘It is very rare to go above 22C in March, with only three years since 1968 recording 22C or above. These are: March 17 1990, when 22.6C was recorded at High Beach; and 23.6C at Aboyne in 2012.

‘After this we have to go way back to March 29 1968, when we recorded 25.6C at Mepal in Cambridgeshire – currently the all-time March record.’

But April showers could be on their way… (Picture: REX Features)

Scotland also experienced almost 124 hours of sunshine as it basked in its sixth sunniest March since 1929.

But April showers now look set to loom large – with ‘flip-flopping’ weather expected to hit the UK.

Meteorologist Emma Sharples said: ‘We’re into temperatures back down to average before getting warmer at the weekend.

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‘We’re flip-flopping around at the start of April as we move into cooler spells next week. Thereafter we should be into relatively dry conditions.’

Despite the sunny weather in March, Wales and the North West also faced wet conditions far above average,  with the regions recording 146.6mm of rain.

In short, it looks like sunbathing could be on the agenda – but it’s wholly advisable to take an umbrella with you too.

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