Published On: Wed, Apr 18th, 2018

UK weather warning: Britain to be hotter than Cyprus as temperatures soar to 80F TODAY


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The UK could reach up to 27C today


And it means the UK will be warmer than traditional travel destinations like Larnaca in Cyprus, the Greek capital of Athens, Antalya in Turkey, Malaga in Spain and Nice in the south of France.

It comes after millions enjoyed scorching sunshine with temperatures of 25C – more than 10C higher than the UK average for the time of year.

Parts of south east England were hotter than the Bahamas on Wednesday.

Forecaster Oli Claydon told the Daily Express: “For most parts of the UK it is going to be a dry, bright day from the outset.

“Temperatures will reach highs of 26C and there is potentially the chance of reaching 27C in the South East.


Temperatures on Sunday are expected to reach 22-24°C with some strong April sunshine

Simon King

“At the beginning of the week we saw an area of very low pressure over the west coast and we have also seen a large area of high pressure over Western Europe which is bringing the stable conditions and resulting in clear blue skies without much wind.

“Those two systems are drawing warm air from the south west, so places like the Azures, Portugal and Spain.”

The Met Office revealed the warm weather is here to stay for several days yet, with highs of 25C (77F) forecast in south-east England.

Families will be able to take advantage of another day of sunshine on Saturday, with highs of 23 predicted.

A woman sunbathing on a deck chairI-IMAGES

Bookmakers yesterday revealed punters were tipping 2018 to be the hottest year on record

Runners in the London Marathon on Sunday could be given a brief respite in the middle of the afternoon, with forecasters revealing that several showers could reach London.

But temperatures are still expected to reach 22C in the capital – a record for the race.

BBC weatherman Simon King said: ““This year’s London Marathon will end up being one of the warmest on record, potentially even the warmest.

“Temperatures on Sunday are expected to reach 22-24°C with some strong April sunshine.

“The heat will no doubt cause issues for the runners, but I can offer the smallest of relief in that there is a small chance of a thunderstorm through the morning which will temporarily drop the temperature.”

Mr Claydon added: “Sunday will be a clear, dry start but there will be some showers starting to move in from the west.

“There is a chance one or two of those showers could move across the UK and affect the east.”

The upbeat forecasts come after the mercury reached the hottest of the year in two consecutive days.

Tuesday was initially the warmest of the year year, with 20.9C (69.6F) recorded in Santon Downham, Suffolk.

People on a punt boat in CambridgeGEOFF ROBINSON

People made the most out of the weather by going out for a punt on the River Cam in Cambridge

But that record was smashed yesterday with temperatures reaching 25C.

And families across the country were able to enjoy the sun, with highs of 21C (70F) recorded in Newcastle, 19C (66F) in Northern Ireland and 17C (63F) in Glasgow.

Bookmakers yesterday revealed punters were tipping 2018 to be the hottest year on record.

Coral’s Harry Aitkenhead said: ““The sun is shining and the bets are flying in for this year to go on to be the hottest we’ve ever had. With a tropical blast giving us a glorious April we certainly can’t rule it out, making it odds on at this stage.”

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