Another glorious warm and sunny day for the Bank Holiday, then a slow but definite change this week
Another glorious sunny and warm day for the UK as the bank holiday Easter weekend continues. Western Scotland and western counties of Northern Ireland are also going to see a fine day after recent cloud. The highest temperature so far this weekend has been 25.5C in Gosport. The highest Easter weekend temperature was 29.4C on the Saturday back in 1949 in Camden. The highest Easter Monday temperature recorded was 24.0C in 2011 in Hampshire, so that maybe broken today.
Temperature records for Easter Sunday were broken in Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland. Scotland: 23.4 °C in Edinburgh. Northern Ireland: 21.0 °C at Helen's Bay. Wales: 23.4 °C in Cardiff. Not a record but the top UK temperature was at Heathrow, 24.6C Sunday.
Of course, Easter weekend moves about and this year it is late but still it has been quite a stunning few days for a UK bank holiday. If you are still on Easter holidays for the rest of the week, changes are on the way.
So, a dry, sunny and warm Bank holiday Monday with temperatures widely in the high teens and low twenties. Some areas could see the mid-twenties even up to 25 or 26C. London, central England across to Bristol and Manchester looking very warm. We have a south to south-easterly breeze today, moderate at times and just bringing the warmth down a notch after the light winds of the weekend.
High pressure is still managing to keep the Atlantic weather well away to the west. Later today there will be some high cloud over southern Britain and a small risk of isolated showers for SW Wales or SW England but the emphasis still is on fine and dry weather.
There are still high pollen levels, it’s tree pollen at the moment. UV levels are moderate, and the fire risk is very high in some parts of the UK with fires on the moors of Northern England and in Northern Ireland. Take care in this dry, warm spell with cigarettes, campfires, BBQs and rubbish.
“Dry and sunny weather along with light winds has resulted in increased levels of pollution at some UK locations” DEFRA
Dust forecast models are showing Saharan dust heading up towards the UK by Tuesday, drawn up in the warm southerly flow. This will add to the various particles already present over the UK.
There will be more cloud for the far west of Britain and over Ireland on Tuesday with a few showers. A more easterly wind will set in which will be fresh off the North Sea so a very different feel for eastern counties. Western Britain, central southern England stay warm and bright or sunny. So another lovely day with temperatures into the low twenties.
Later on Tuesday, the combination of warmth and more moisture leads to the risk of thunderstorms, heading at first towards SW England, perhaps clipping the Channel Islands and into Wales and eastern Ireland.
Through the week the temperatures sink, up to 21C on Wednesday and only 17C by next Saturday. Still not bad but quite different to the warmth of Easter weekend.
Finally, after days of dry weather, this week turns more unsettled. Low pressure spin up from the SW bringing showery rain, thunderstorms and more cloud. So a slow but definite change for the week ahead.
And if you are thinking about the next long weekend, May Day Bank holiday weekend currently looks much colder. Still a while to go.