IT could be the hottest summer in a decade as a 32C blast is set to hit the country within weeks, say forecasters.

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

Jim Dale, meteorologist for British Weather Services, said: “There will definitely be some spikes of heat as we go into summer when I expect to see temperatures in the high 20Cs or even the low 30Cs.

“This is largely because of a balancing effect which, after the colder period of weather over the past couple of months, dominated by a northerly airflow, should revert and come from a more southerly direction.

“This will bring more in the way of hotter weather as we go through the end of spring and into summer.

“This summer could be up there with the warmer ones from the past ten years, it is more likely to turn out one of the warmer ones that to be cooler.”

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

  • Imogen Braddick

    THURSDAY EVENING'S FORECAST

    We've got the latest forecast for this evening.

    Good news – the showers in the east and southeast will start to fade soon.

  • Imogen Braddick

    COLDEST APRIL OF THE CENTURY?

    While the April showers are being kept at bay, the consistent warm weather seems to deserting the UK this month.

    Betway now has April odds-on at 1/2 to be the coldest of the century so far.

    Betway’s Chad Yeomans said: "With both soaring temperatures and snow storms, April is now odds-on at 1/2 to be the coldest of the century so far.

    "Londoners may be able to shed the woolly jumpers ahead of the weekend however, as we have the capital priced at 1/5 to see temperatures above 15 degrees."

  • Imogen Braddick

    'STAY PROTECTED'

  • Imogen Braddick

    BRITAIN SET FOR 'SUPER SUMMER'

    Brits could be enjoying temperatures in the 30Cs "in weeks" – with the crisp Spring weather set to warm up.

    In the coming months, Brits could experience the warmest summer "from the past ten years," according to experts.

    Jim Dale, meteorologist for British Weather Services, told the Daily Express: "There will definitely be some spikes of heat as we go into summer when I expect to see temperatures in the high 20Cs or even the low 30Cs.

    "This is largely because of a balancing effect which, after the colder period of weather over the past couple of months, dominated by a northerly airflow, should revert and come from a more southerly direction.

    "This will bring more in the way of hotter weather as we go through the end of spring and into summer. This summer could be up there with the warmer ones from the past ten years, it is more likely to turn out one of the warmer ones that to be cooler.”

  • Imogen Braddick

    APRIL 19 – 25 : CHANGEABLE WEATHER AHEAD, SAYS BBC

    "Unfortunately, as we head into late April the forecast gets a little trickier," reports BBC Weather.

    Looking ahead, from Monday April 19 until Sunday April 25, the broadcaster says "generally we expect a changeable week with the wettest weather in the northern half of the country and some dry, mild spells for southern areas".

    There are "good signals for high pressure to remain nearby or to the north".

    "We expect that in late April this high in Scandinavia will linger and begin to build north of Europe slowly," it said.

    "Meanwhile, the storm track will be in the North Atlantic and occasionally reach western and northern areas with weak weather fronts."

  • Imogen Braddick

    SEASIDE BREAK

    Families and visitors flock to the beach and seafront at the seaside resort of Lyme Regis in Dorset on a day of warm sunny spells.

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  • Imogen Braddick

    POLLEN LEVELS ARE RISING

    The Met Office has warned of moderate to high levels of birch and ash pollen across the UK today.

  • Debbie White

    MAY AT 'MERCY OF HIGH PRESSURE'

    The tail end of April and first part of May will be at the mercy of high pressure north of Europe while low pressure lingers to the south near Spain, says BBC Weather.

    "The UK will be caught between these two large-scale pressure systems so we are likely to continue to see changeable weather as the weather systems jostle for control," it adds.

  • Debbie White

    THURSDAY DRY & BRIGHT

    Thursday will feature "a mostly dry and bright evening with late spells of sunshine and any daytime showers will soon ease and clear," says Meteogroup UK.

    Overnight, patchy cloud cover will break and clear to reveal long clear spells and patches of mist and fog will form.

    These will be most frequent across central and eastern areas of England, the forecasters add.

  • Imogen Braddick

    'WARM SUNNY SPELLS'

  • Imogen Braddick

    TODAY'S FORECAST

    "Most parts dry with sunny spells, and feeling fairly warm in light winds. Cooler and cloudier across southeastern and some central parts of England with a few showers breaking out," the Met Office said.

    Tonight, forecasters warned of "showers in the southeast".

    "Clear periods for many with widespread frost and a few fog patches developing," the Met Office added.

  • Imogen Braddick

    BALMY MORNING

    A couple walk along the beach at North Berwick, East Lothian at sunrise.

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  • Imogen Braddick

    LONG-RANGE FORECAST FROM MONDAY

    "Cloudy and breezy across Northern Ireland and Scotland with outbreaks of rain through Monday, later spreading briefly to Wales, the South West and Northern England," the Met Office said.

    "Further southeast it will likely remain drier and brighter with a cold night. Outbreaks of rain in the north and west will then likely ease as high pressure becomes more widely established again.

    "This will bring plenty of dry and bright weather with sunny spells and daytime temperatures around average, but cold by night with the risk of overnight frosts and the chance of fog patches.

    "There is the potential for rain and strong winds to occur at times towards the northwest of the UK with the possibility of these unsettled conditions briefly spreading southeast."

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  • Imogen Braddick

    FRIDAY'S FORECAST

    "Dry with sunny spells and light winds. Windy in the far northwest with a few spots of rain possible," the Met Office said.

  • Imogen Braddick

    MAKING THE MOST OF THE WEATHER

    Thirsty Brits have made 14 million pub bookings in a stampede to secure beer garden tables.

    A million of the outdoor reservations are for July and many venues in England are booked up until May.

    Those who fail to make reservations may have to wait weeks before they can enjoy a beer in the sunshine.

  • Imogen Braddick

    SUNRISE

    People walk along the beach at North Berwick, East Lothian at sunrise this morning.

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  • Imogen Braddick

    CRISP MORNING

    People enjoying a dog walk in the crisp morning sunshine in Dunsden, Oxfordshire.

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  • Imogen Braddick

    HEATING UP

    It doesn't look like the sun is going anywhere as Brits are set to enjoy five solid days of 20C sunshine as spring starts to heat up later this month.

    The even warmer weather will kick in from Saturday, April 24 as people enjoy the relaxed lockdown rules outside, according to BBC forecasters.

    Ladbrokes have slashed the odds on this month going down as the hottest April on record.

    Alex Apati of Ladbrokes said: "Despite snow falling earlier this month, there’s now an outside chance of this going down as the hottest April ever with temperatures back on the up."

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  • Imogen Braddick

    RAISE A GLASS

    The sunny conditions come in time for Prince Philip's funeral, which takes place on Saturday afternoon.

    People around the country can toast the Duke of Edinburgh, who died aged 99 on Friday after more than 70 years by the Queen's side, in glorious sunshine.

    Football fans can also make the most of the balmy weather as the Premier League moved Wolves' clash with Sheffield United as a mark of respect to the late duke.

    The fixture was due to take place on Saturday at 3pm – the same time as his funeral at Windsor Castle – but will instead kick off at 8.15pm.

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  • Imogen Braddick

    THE WEEKEND

    While the weather is set to remain on the chilly side until Friday, things are looking up for the weekend.

    Temperatures are forecast to hit the mid-teens in southeastern England on Saturday, with the mercury hovering around 11 to 15C.

    Elsewhere it will be slightly cooler but still "fine, dry and bright" – just in time for thirsty Brits to make a weekend return to outdoor venues up and down the country.

    And Sunday will "feel pleasant in the sunshine", according to the Met Office.

  • Britta Zeltmann

    THURSDAY MORNING

    It was a frosty start for some rural spots today, with things largely dry elsewhere.

    Expect to see sunny spells across the country today.

  • Britta Zeltmann

    TODAY’S FORECAST

    It’s set to be a dry and sunny day for most, feeling warm with light winds. 

    Things will be cooler and cloudier across the south east and some central parts of England with a few showers breaking out.

    Map shows outlook across UK for 10am todayCredit: Met Office
  • Hana Carter

    MET OFFICE'S OUTLOOK FOR THE WEEKEND

    Fine and settled for many with sunny spells, becoming a little warmer by day though still cold overnight. Turning cloudier and breezier in the north and west with some rain.

  • Hana Carter

    APRIL 5/1 TO BE HOTTEST ON RECORD WITH TEMPERATURES ON THE UP

    Ladbrokes have slashed the odds on this month going down as the hottest April on record.

    As temperatures prepare to take a turn for the better, the bookies have cut odds from 12/1 to just 5/1 on this going down as a record-breaking hot April.

    Alex Apati of Ladbrokes said: “Despite snow falling earlier this month, there’s now an outside chance of this going down as the hottest April ever with temperatures back on the up.”

  • Hana Carter

    TOMORROW'S FORECAST

    According to the Met Office there will be spells of sunshine for most with cloud increasing for many by the afternoon.

    Scattered showers will affect eastern and central England.

    Chilly in the breezier east, warmest in the north.

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