UK to be as hot as Corfu and Barcelona today as 17C set to melt Brits

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Lockdown and holiday blues could melt away with sizzling 17C temperatures today.

Brits can expect high teens which makes parts of the country as hot as Corfu in Greece, Barcelona in Spain, and Italy.

Glasgow and Edinburgh in Scotland will see the highest mercury, according to the Met Office, with other areas of the UK basking in mid-teens and sunny skies on Friday.

The hot weather will be an added bonus for Brits, who will experience their second weekend with eased lockdown rules and beer gardens, bars, and restaurants open outside.

The warm temperatures are expected to continue next week, following a milder and slightly colder weekend, with Friday being the hottest of the three days.

For most of us, who have spent months inside and working from home due to the Covid pandemic, are perhaps at risk of sunburn but will be delighted with the clearer skies.

Predictions see the peak temperature at 17C, the same as southern areas of Europe which are top holiday hotspots popular with families jetting off for summer breaks.

The morning may include cloud and overcast skies, but it should clear as the day goes on with a beautiful afternoon expected.

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But, the weekend will bring cooler mercury levels with 13C in Scotland, a 4C drop from the high teens.

London will see 15C in the mid-afternoon and sunshine all day, and the East of England ranging between 11 and 12C.

For the northern parts of the UK, 16C is expected from Liverpool to Newcastle and Yorkshire.

Moving down to the southwest, Cornwall and Exter are forecast to enjoy 15C with a mix of cloud and sunshine.

Wales will have four days of hot weather, 17C on Friday and Saturday followed by clear skies, and 14C for the following two days.

A 32C heatwave could be on the horizon for May, according to British Weather Services, who say, La Nina, a climate pattern, is playing a large part in the spike.

Jim Dale, meteorologist for the weather agency, told The Sun: "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.

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"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."

Ladbrokes have also announced the odds of a record-breaking summer, with bookies cutting odds from 3/1 to 2/1 on 2021 being the hottest summer ever.

Alex Apati of Ladbrokes said: "It looks as though we could be welcoming some record-breaking high temperatures in the coming months if the latest odds are anything to go by."

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