Met Office forecasts ‘African ROAST’ as temperatures set to soar to 26C

According to forecasters, there will be three months of record-breaking weather, with temperatures expected to climb to 26C in April.

The UK is likely to see mercury rising to “well above average” for spring, with weather experts giving a 50% probability of this happening.

Bookmakers Coral has also cut odds on spring being the hottest on record from 4/1 to 5/4.

Coral spokesman Harry Aitkenhead said: “Punters believe a sizzling spring is ahead.”

In 2018, April experienced highs of 25-29C, which The Weather Outlook predicts will happen again this year.

Hot air from Africa is going to be a big factor in the weather change, with a warm plume pulled north due to high pressure south of the UK.

The Met Office three-month forecast said: “For March-May, above-average temperatures are more likely than below-average.

“The probability UK average temperatures will fall into the warmest of our five categories is 50 per cent. The coldest category is 10 per cent.

“Some long-range prediction systems indicate an increased chance of high pressure to the south of the UK.”

The Weather Outlook forecaster Brian Gaze said: “With computer models strongly favouring a warm spring, there is potential for the record for the hottest spring to be challenged.

“26C highs are likely in April. Plumes of warm air from Africa are expected.

“And there is an increased chance of a hot and settled summer due to the trend for more high pressure, which brings hot conditions in summer.”

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