Glorious 10-day heatwave on its way thanks to ‘Beauty from the East’
A 10-day heatwave will hit in May with sunshine and warm weather expected for much of the UK.
Last weekend temperatures soared to record highs as the country baked in unseasonably warm weather.
This week temperatures have returned to the mid to low teens, which is considered average for this time of year.
However, forecasters are growing in confidence that it won’t be too long before sunny skies and spring-time heat will make a comeback, according to the Weather Channel.
And the weather will be thanks to a western system moving in from the east – but it is not of the ‘beast’ variety this time.
According to computer models, the mercury could rise to above average again by the middle of next week.
Hot conditions in eastern Europe are expected to arrived in the UK as early as next week, meaning a ‘Beauty from the East’ is bringing us a warm start to May.
This is in stark contract to the Beast from the East that brought Britain to a standstill with snow at the start of the year.
Temperatures are then set to fall back again – before a 10-day heatwave arrives in in the middle of May.
The Met Office defines a heatwave as a period when "the daily maximum temperature of more than five consecutive days exceeds the average maximum temperature by 5 °C."
Sarah Sammy, forecaster of The Weather Channel , said: "High pressure over central Europe will drift eastward and another area of high pressure will build over the North Atlantic.
"During this time, an area of low pressure in between will split, and the smaller low will stall for a while near the Bay of Biscay and pump up warmer air over the UK."
Current forecasts indicate that temperatures over London will be between 15.5 and 19.5C on May 2, when conditions should become drier and brighter.
But she said that "as we near the time, we can narrow down that range".
But before then, the weather will to revert back towards more typical conditions for the time of year with rain forecast every day this week thanks to a wave of Atlantic low pressure systems.
Temperatures are also expected to drop below average by midweek, with forecasters warning of the risk of snow, sleet and frost in places.
Amy Hodgson, forecaster of The Weather Channel , said brief bursts of sunshine and April showers will be a prevalent feature across the UK over the coming days.
She told the Plymouth Herald .: "It will be breezy with temperatures around normal for the time of the year during the start of the week in the westerly wind off the Atlantic.
"However, temperatures will drop to slightly below normal from mid-week onwards in a north-westerly wind.
"There is also a risk of a scattered grass frost in sheltered places Thursday and Friday night."
Forecasters are predicting temperatures will linger in the low teens across England and Wales.
Further north, values look set to dip into single figures at times and possibly close to freezing in parts of Scotland and northern England.
Overnight temperatures could plunge below 0C in Scotland and between 5-9C elsewhere, with risk of hard frosts developing in parts towards the end of the week.
Some showers may even fall as sleet, hail or snow across high grounds in Scotland, the Lake District and the North Pennines.
Dr Michael de Villiers, senior meteorologist at The Weather Channel, said: "In the UK minimum temperatures are expected to lower to around 4-6C with a risk of frost.
"However, they will be closer to freezing at around 3C in places in Scotland with the risk of brief early morning frost."
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