UK weather forecast: Muggy 20C today and hot flashes into the weekend

The Met Office forecast temperatures could hit 20C again for the third straight day on Thursday, making the country hotter than the Spanish resort island of Lanzarote

Temperatures are expected to reach 20 degrees again on Thursday
Temperatures are expected to reach 20 degrees again on Thursday

Brits are set to bask in temperatures of 20C for a third straight day on Thursday and the scorching weather is expected to continue into the weekend.

After a chilly start to March, spring has definitely arrived with sunshine and blue skies across the country.

Once again, mercury hit 20C on Wednesday and temperatures are expected to remain above average for the coming days, with the Met Office estimating them at up to 10C above the norm for the time of year.

The sunshine is thanks to a high pressure system that sits over Britain and has moved in from the continent, leaving temperatures in the country warmer than many southern European holiday hotspots.

On Thursday it will be more than 20 degrees warmer in Great Britain than on the Spanish holiday island of Lanzarote.

Like Wednesday, the day starts out cold before the sun comes out.

The warm weather is brought by a high pressure system


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“This steady spring sunshine will continue for the rest of the week and beyond,” Met Office forecaster Aidan McGivern said.

“With clear skies expected tonight, temperatures will drop and a few patches of mist and fog could form in one or two spots. They will be fairly isolated and most likely in parts of eastern England for example as in recent nights with temperatures also falling.

“A touch of frost in places when we start on Thursday. Frost free western isles, parts of Northern Ireland where it will become cloudier over night, maybe a shower or two in the western isles.”

Air from the Atlantic will bring cloudier skies to north west Scotland and showers of rain but high pressure will dominate over the UK meaning warm weather for most.

The warm weather is expected to continue into the weekend



Mr McGivern continued: “On the whole after a cool start. Much of the UK, still basking in that warm March sunshine and similar temperatures in England and Wales as in the last few days of 17C to 19C, could push 20C in Cambridgeshire, for example.

Then there’s more of the same for Friday, albeit with slightly lower temperatures.

“There’s going to be a lot more, well, nice weather to come… blue skies across the board, pretty much an exception for Shetland, Orkney, heavier clouds, a few drizzles at times but mostly dry elsewhere,” said Mr McGivern.

“For the vast majority it is dry again (Friday) and these temperatures are reacting. Technically around a degree compared to the past few days but with light wind and sunshine I doubt it will be that noticeable.

“And really, those temperatures are 8C, maybe 10C above average, so very warm for the time of year.”

UK forecast for the next 5 days

Rather cloudy in the northwest, otherwise mostly dry and sunny


Early fog patches are clearing quickly, leaving another warm day with plenty of sunshine for most. Very isolated afternoon showers may develop in the north, more likely over eastern Scotland. Cloudy in the northwest with intermittent light rain.

This evening:

Fairly cloudy for parts of Scotland and Northern Ireland, particularly in the far north and north west where there was light rain. Elsewhere clear with patchy frost and a few wafts of fog.


Dry and warm again with sunny spells for many although cloudier in the far north west. One or two isolated afternoon showers may develop in northern England and south east Northern Ireland.

Outlook for Saturday to Monday:

Mainly populated with light winds and warm sunny periods; cloudier in the far north with occasional light rain. Patchy early fog/nebula patches that clear inland but linger near some shorelines.

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