BRITAIN is set to bake further in a 27C scorcher next month as a third round of lockdown restrictions lift, following a sweltering weekend.

It follows the mercury hitting 20C in parts of the UK yesterday and on Saturday as April's 'mini heatwave' continues to see Brits baking in parks, on beaches and outside pubs across the land.

And in further good news, sunseekers are tipped to enjoy a mini-heatwave as life returns to near 'normal' in mid-May.

And things will get even hotter in June when all Covid measures are set to end due continental heat flares.

Temperatures could hit 33C – a sizzling start to a summer of freedom.

Read all the latest weather news and updates in our live blog below…

  • Felix Allen

    PINK MOON RISES

    If skies are clear tonight, Brits will get to see the Pink Supermoon overhead.

    The full moon will be larger and brighter than usual – but will actually be more orange than pink.

    While we have to wait until this evening, beachgoers at Bondi in Sydney have already been treated to the spectacle.

    The first supermoon of 2021 rises over Bondi beach todayCredit: Getty
  • Felix Allen

    MORNING CHILL

    Here's a wonderful picture of low-lying mist as the sun rose this morning in Pool-in-Wharfedale near Ilkley, West Yorks.

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    RAIN AND SHINE

    The north of England and Scotland are likely to be hit by heavy rain today.

    But for most of us, the clouds will part to being another day of glorious spring sunshine.

    The Met Office says: "Rain will move southeastwards across Scotland, heavy in places, before reaching Northern Ireland and the far north of England later.

    "Elsewhere, early cloud will clear to leave another fine day with plenty of sunshine."

  • Tariq Tahir

    RED SKY AT NIGHT

    There was red sky last night which is traditionally said to signal good weather today.

    This stunning picture was taken in Windsor, Berkshire.

    NINTCHDBPICT000649634995Credit: PA
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    SNOW COULD HIT BRITAIN NEXT MONTH

    The first week of May could be a snowy one, according to weather graphs.

    The white stuff could follow weeks of warm spring weather that has been enjoyed by millions as the lockdown lifts.

    The Weather Outlook tweeted an image of the UK with smudges of snow dotted across the map.

     "GFS06z shows the risk of snow in southern counties during the first week of May," they said.

  • Tariq Tahir

    FRESH AND BRIGHT START FOR MONDAY

    This morning will see a bright but fresh start this Monday morning.

    There will, however, be raid across parts of Scotland, says the Met Office.

  • Joseph Gamp

    MET OFFICE FORECAST FOR TODAY

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    MEGA’ HATCH OF MIDGES ON THE WAY

    A “mega” hatch of midges is set to emerge in days because of a perfect swarm of conditions in Scotland, according to one of the world’s leading experts on the biting beastie

    It is bad news for all those Scots likely to be taking a staycation this year due to coronavirus restrictions on foreign holidays.

    Midge expert Dr Alison Blackwell said: “Midges like wet and warm weather and that is what is predicted when they emerge in a couple of weeks.

    “Already there have been reports of a few early ones about. But we could well have a mega hatch because the conditions appear right – and just as tourists head outdoors again. It may mean a summer of midge hell for people.”

    Dr Blackwell, who runs the official Scottish Midge Forecast – due to begin next month – said: “The mild spell we have entered into now could well bring them out even earlier, especially as the nights warm up. About 7C is the cut-off point for a midge to fly.”

  • Joseph Gamp

    MET OFFICE 5 DAY FORECAST: 'FINE AND DRY' BUT POSSIBLE RAIN IN SCOTLAND AND NORTH OF ENGLAND

    Monday:

    The Met Office predicts: "Cloud and rain, heavy at times, over northern Scotland moving south and reaching parts of Northern Ireland and the far north of England later.

    "Further south, fine and dry again."

    Outlook for Tuesday to Thursday:

    For the rest of the week, the weather agency said: "Cloud and rain moving steadily south through Tuesday, with sunny spells and showers following for Wednesday and Thursday.

    "Rather cold with mainly light winds, and increasingly widespread overnight frost."

  • Joseph Gamp

    IN PICTURES: FIREFIGHTERS BATTLE TO CONTROL BLAZE ON MARSDEN MOOR, HUDDERSFIELD

    Firefighters battle to control the flames from a moor fire on Marsden moor, near HuddersfieldCredit: AFP
  • Hana Carter

    FRESH BUT BRIGHT MONDAY MORNING

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    WATCH: TORNADOES TOUCH DOWN IN TEXAS AS MILLIONS UNDER TWISTER AND BAD WEATHER THREAT

    Tornadoes touch down in Texas as millions under twister and bad weather threat

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    TEMPERATURES WILL DROP OVER THE NEXT FEW DAYS

    Met Office forecaster Martin Bowles said: "There will be lots of sunshine on Sunday, although slightly more cloudy in the east.

    "It will be a bright and dry day, while the west of the country will remain wall-to-wall sunshine.

    "Over the next few days temperatures are going to be dropping a bit because they are above average for this time of year."

    And today's forecast should maintain the trend of what has been one of the driest Aprils on record with the UK seeing less than a fifth of the average rainfall for the month so far.

    The Weather Outlook forecaster Brian Gaze said: “Highs pushing towards 27C are expected by mid-May, with 30C into June and 33C by the time July begins.

    “Flares of heat from the continent are forecast.”

  • Joseph Gamp

    SOUTH AND WEST TO HEAT UP IN EARLY MAY- MET OFFICE

    A Met Office spokesperson said: "“Into May, warmer days are most likely inland in the South and West.

    “May 7-21 has the possibility of warmer spells, with fine periods, and showers at times.”

    Last summer saw the longest "extreme heatwave" since records began in 1841, with 34C daily for six days in a row from August 7 to 12.

    The sunny spell was an even longer run than 1976's drought-hit summer which saw standpipes on the streets.

    Until then, chilly northerly winds will end a cold April – made up for with fine spells during the Bank Holiday weekend and some showers.

  • Joseph Gamp

    KILLER MUSHROOM WARNING

    People rushing to the countryside and beaches to lap up the glorious weather this weekend were warned today not to munch ‘mushrooms’ as they could kill you.

    A 22-year-old woman who ate what she thought was ‘safe’ fungi growing in a field at Lepe Country Park in Hampshire needed urgent medical attention when it turned out to be a poisonous toadstool.

    Paramedics rushed to the park, with a beach overlooking the Solent.

    South Central Ambulance Service said “The patient was a 22-year-old female who had apparently eaten a mushroom and had some sort of allergic reaction.

    “She was treated at the scene by a fire service co-responder and the ambulance crew that we sent.

  • Joseph Gamp

    UK COULD BASK IN 31C TEMPERATURES THANKS TO LA NINA

    Some meteorologists said the UK could hit highs of 31C in two weeks due to a weather pattern called La Nina – bringing a wave of optimism as Brits enjoy eased lockdown restrictions.

    Met Office spokesperson Graheme Madge said this had subsided and that temperatures at the start of May were looking uncertain – and it is too early to predict how hot it will get.

    La Nina, a climate pattern, will play a large part in the potential spike in warm weather in the coming months.

  • Joseph Gamp

    RAT OUTBREAK AS BRITS EAT OUTDOORS

    Pest control chiefs have warned that the UK is facing an explosion in the number of RATS as more Brits dine outdoors around fire pits and barbecues.

    The population of brown rats in the UK is estimated to be around 120m, but experts reckon you could ‘add 20m’ onto the number due to people eating outdoors, both at home and in parks, and in restaurants and pubs.

    Brown rats breed all year round and can have five litters of between 7-14 baby rats each year.

    That means one female rat could have 70 babies – called pups – in just 12 months, if conditions are ‘optimal’, with rats having plenty to eat and decent shelter.

    Bosses at Cleankill Pest Control warned that the vast increase in ‘outdoors eating’ during the Covid pandemic meant that there are now far more scraps of food left lying around in gardens, patios, parks and at outside dining areas in pubs and eateries across Britain.

  • Joseph Gamp

    THE SUN'S THREE DAY TEMPERATURES MAP FOR MONDAY TO WEDNESDAY

     

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    BRITAIN SET FOR CHILLY 15C BANK HOLIDAY WEEKEND BEFORE 27C HEATWAVE (CONTINUED…)

    A series of hot spells, each lasting up to a week, are expected just in time for May 17 – when hotels plan to reopen and overseas travel gets set to resume, The Weather Outlook has said.

    Meanwhile, 30C sunshine at the start of June will set the scene nicely for when all restrictions are due to lift on June 21.

    Temperatures are expected to grow even hotter later in the month, with a 33C scorcher on the way.

    It comes as hot air blows in from the continent, with the Met Office declaring warmer-than-average weather three times more likely than cooler-than-average temperatures across April and June.

    And even hotter temperatures could follow later in summer. A Met Office forecaster said: “It is likely to continue settled, but with the chance of rain later in the next week.

  • Joseph Gamp

    BRITAIN SET FOR CHILLY 15C BANK HOLIDAY WEEKEND BEFORE 27C HEATWAVE FOR NEXT STAGE OF LOCKDOWN LIFT

    BRITAIN is braced for a chilly Bank Holiday break before the next stage of the lockdown lifts in a sweltering heatwave.

    Temperatures will stop at 15C for the long weekend next week – before rising to 27C mid-May.

    Read more here.

  • Joseph Gamp

    RAT OUTBREAK AS BRITS EAT OUTDOORS

    Pest control chiefs have warned that the UK is facing an explosion in the number of RATS as more Brits dine outdoors around fire pits and barbecues.

    The population of brown rats in the UK is estimated to be around 120m, but experts reckon you could ‘add 20m’ onto the number due to people eating outdoors, both at home and in parks, and in restaurants and pubs.

    Brown rats breed all year round and can have five litters of between 7-14 baby rats each year.

    That means one female rat could have 70 babies – called pups – in just 12 months, if conditions are ‘optimal’, with rats having plenty to eat and decent shelter.

    Bosses at Cleankill Pest Control warned that the vast increase in ‘outdoors eating’ during the Covid pandemic meant that there are now far more scraps of food left lying around in gardens, patios, parks and at outside dining areas in pubs and eateries across Britain.

  • Joseph Gamp

    TEMPERATURES 'TO TUMBLE AGAIN' OVERNIGHT SAYS MET OFFICE

    The Met Office says the day and night weather continued to be polarised.

    While the days have been sunny with temps hitting 20C in some parts, overnight has been a completely different story.

    The weather agency says the mercury could plummet to -2C overnight.

    It tweeted: "Temperatures will tumble once more tonight, with a patchy frost forming in places."

  • Joseph Gamp

    POLLEN WARNING

    Hay fever sufferers have been warned of medium and high pollen counts today and over the next week.

    The Met Office said: “Tree pollen in peak season with birch, plane and ash currently airborne during dry, mild sunny weather. Very few spores.”

  • Joseph Gamp

    BBC WEATHER FORECAST FOR NEXT WEEK

    BBC Weather says: “Tuesday will be mostly cloudy with outbreaks of rain and showers for many.

    “Showery activity will continue into Wednesday, but it is expected to become largely confined to the south with only a few weak showers in the north.

    “Thursday will see the continuing chance of showers for many, with morning rain possible in the southeast.”

  • Joseph Gamp

    NORTH-SOUTH WEATHER DIVIDE TOMORROW WITH SOME TO SEE RAIN

    Sadly it looks like some Brits will get a good soaking tomorrow as rain moves southwards.

    Scotland will get the worst of it at the start of the day, before it reaches northern England and Northern Ireland later, according to BBC Weather.

    “Further south will be dry with plenty of afternoon sunshine developing,” forecasters add.

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