UK weather forecast LIVE – Brits set for sunny spell with 16C temperatures as some places to be warmer than Ibiza

LONDON and the South East are set to bask in temperatures of around 16C over the weekend, with Spring officially starting on Sunday.

Temperatures are expected to soar, with parts of the UK hotter than Spain or Ibiza. It is also predicted to be warmer than Istanbul where temperatures are forecast of only 3C.

The heat is due to what forecasters say is a blast of warm air from North Africa – set to hit the UK this weekend bringing in the balmier temperatures, nearing 20C.

Jim Dale, a senior meteorologist at British Weather Services, has said that the UK can expect dry weather and blue skies this weekend, adding temperatures are likely to sit between 17 and 18C, potentially reaching 20C.

Read our weather live blog for the latest news and forecasts…

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    Temperatures of 18C+ this weekend

    FORECASTERS say a blast of warm air from North Africa is set to hit the UK this weekend bringing temperatures of up to 18C.

    Jim Dale, a senior meteorologist at British Weather Services, has said that the UK can expect dry weather and blue skies this weekend, adding temperatures are likely to sit between 17 and 18C, potentially reaching 20C.

    The forecaster added that the UK will see “a lot of pleasant weather coming now”.

    Speaking to Express.co.uk, weather forecaster Phil Morrish also said that: “We’re certainly going to get some warmer weather coming in this weekend.

    “We’ll get temperatures of 15 or 16C.

    “As of Saturday, we’re going to get what we call a Spanish plume event, where air from North Africa is moving north.”

    A ‘Spanish plume’ is a weather event that occurs when a bout of warm air is pushed north from Iberia, and may cause an increased risk of thunderstorms too.

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    Top tips if storms trigger your asthma

    If storms make your asthma worse, then there are things you can do to prevent an attack.

    • take your preventer inhaler regularly
    • carry your reliever inhaler
    • go for regular asthma reviews
    • book an extra appointment with your doctor or nurse if you notice you’re using your inhalers more
    • try and stay indoors and keep windows and doors closed to avoid letting the dust in
    • take usual treatments such as antihistamines
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      Rules for cyclists looking to enjoy the spring sunshine

      With the weather set to warm up in the coming weeks, cyclists are ready to get out on their bikes and make the most of the sunshine. 

      Bobbin Bikes encourage cyclists to make themselves fully aware of what they can and can’t do on the roads.

      Road rules for cyclists to stay safe this spring:

      • Hand signals – Using hand signals is important for cyclists to communicate their intent to motorists behind them.
      • Clothing – Cyclists should always wear a protective helmet that conforms to current regulations, is the correct size, and is securely fastened. Light coloured, fluorescent clothing is best to wear whilst cycling in winter or darker days, and reflective clothing and accessories should be worn in the dark.
      • Lights – All cycles must have front, and rear lights lit up at night. All bikes must also be fitted with red rear reflectors.
      • Cycle lanes – Dedicated cycle lanes are marked by a white line, which may be solid or broken. Cyclists must stick to cycle lanes when able to.
      • Parking – Bicycles must not be left in any place that can cause obstruction or hazard to other road users. 

      Possible heatwave reaching 28C as early as April

      While temperatures are often expected to be mild in April, it’s a month more synonymous with rain.

      This year though, according meteorologist, Jim Dale, suggests Brits may experience temperatures at hot as 28C – temperatures typically reserved for the middle of Summer.

      Last year’s April barely reached 15C, meanwhile our lockdown April was notoriously scorching.

      According to the Met Office, it was the fifth hottest April in the UK since records began in 1929.

      Why was the sky orange on Wednesday?

      Hot air in the Sahara desert led to dust being dumped across the Mediterranean and in parts of the UK.

      It comes as parts of southern Spain have been blanketed following a thick plume which turned skies orange.

      Paris was among the cities in France affected by dust, leaving the city’s 18th arrondissement “covered with a fine layer of orange residue”.

      Why can make the sky yellow and the sun red?

      According to the Met Office, sunsets are often red or orange because they are lower in the sky, therefore sunlight must travel through a thicker layer of the atmosphere before it is scattered, deflected, and seen by the human eye.

      This means there is more yellow and red left to see.

      In the case of Storm Celia, strong winds carried dust over to Spain from the Sahara desert, causing reduced visibility and orange tones in the sky.

      Red dust can have an adverse impact on health, leading to respiratory and cardiac issues if inhaled – and can be especially harmful to people with asthma.

      How did Hurricane Ophelia cause the sky to turn yellow?

      Back in October 2017, the sky in Britain similarly turned yellow and the sun turned red as a result of  Hurricane Ophelia.

      The deadly storm killed three people when it pulled Saharan dust up to the UK, creating a blanket of orange cloud with its deadly 80mph winds

      Hurricane Ophelia created an eerie glow, red sun, and left a thick layer of dust behind it.

      The storm led to fears of an apocalypse, and widespread health concerns for those with breathing difficulties and the elderly.

      At the time, Met Office forecaster Grahame Madge said: “It’s all connected with Ophelia, on the eastern side of the low pressure system air is coming up in the southern direction.

      “Air is being pulled from southern Europe and Africa and that air contains a lot of dust.

      “So it’s most likely the appearance of sunset at midday is caused by the particles scattering the light and giving the appearance of a red sun.”

      In the UK, up to 120,000 homes were without power, schools were closed, and bridges were shut as a result of falling trees and debris caused by Hurricane Ophelia.

      Weather outlook for today and Sunday

      Showers in the far north clear early morning today.

      Some night frost and fog elsewhere, but then all areas dry and increasingly sunny.

      Perhaps cloudier with a few showers Sunday.

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        Met Office promises plenty of spring sunshine this weekend

        It's set be another bright and sunny weekend.

        The Met Office tweeted: “Looking ahead to the weekend?

        “There will be plenty of warm spring sunshine, especially on Saturday.”

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        ‘No significant impacts from Storm Celia dust cloud’ says Met Office

        Met Office meteorologist Richard Miles told the PA News Agency: “Storm Celia over Spain is indeed pulling a dust cloud up from the Sahara, which could potentially reach as far as the south of the UK.

        “However, we don’t expect significant impacts – the most likely would be on the cloudscapes at sunset but, as conditions are likely to be generally overcast and wet for much of the day, this is unlikely to amount to much.

        “There are no air-quality warnings,” he said.

        “People in the south might find a bit of dust left on their cars as the rain washes it out of the skies today.”

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        Why Thunderstorms can trigger asthma attacks

        Asthma UK said there are two reasons that thunderstorms can trigger asthma attacks.

        They explained: “The air before a storm can feel very humid and close. Some people tell us this gives them a tight chest and a cough, and that they find it harder to breathe.

        “During pollen season, the windy conditions during a thunderstorm blow lots of pollen high into the air.

        “The moisture higher up in the air breaks the pollen into much smaller pieces.

        “As these smaller pieces of pollen particles then settle back down, they can be breathed in, irritating the smaller airways of the lungs”, they added.

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        Chilly start to Friday morning – but temperatures will rise

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        Weather outlook for Saturday to Monday

        Warm, settled and dry, with plenty of sunshine at first, although increasingly cloudy for many later.

        Chance of rain, most likely in the east, from Sunday.

        Turning colder through Monday.

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        Short weather summary for Friday

        The Met Office has published a short weather summary for Friday.

        It reads: "Fog and low cloud steadily clearing to allowing plenty of sunshine in many areas, and feeling quite warm.

        "Turning windy in the north and, later, in the far south."

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        Tomorrow to remain dry for all

        A warm front brought sunny spells and temperatures of 14-15C to the south today.

        Friday will get off to a chilly start but it will be a dry day across the UK as temperatures pick up once more to 16C and possibly 17C in the south-east.

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        Highs of 17.2C recorded in Worcestershire

        The Met Office said the warmest temperature it had recorded so far in 2022 was 17.2C in Pershore, Worcestershire, meaning Saturday could become the warmest day of the year yet.

        Southern Spain and France have already been tinted with the coral coating after the dust was dragged up from the African continent.

        It has been propelled across by gusty gales brought about by Storm Celia and showers are set to expel it from the skies today.

        Although forecasters predict the impact is unlikely to be significant, vulnerable Brits have been warned to remain vigilant.

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        Top tips if storms trigger your asthma

        If storms make your asthma worse, then there are things you can do to prevent an attack.

        • take your preventer inhaler regularly
        • carry your reliever inhaler
        • go for regular asthma reviews
        • book an extra appointment with your doctor or nurse if you notice you’re using your inhalers more
        • try and stay indoors and keep windows and doors closed to avoid letting the dust in
        • take usual treatments such as antihistamines

        In pictures: Sun starved Brits flock to the coast

        The image below shows visitors enjoy the Spring sunshine on Brighton seafront and beach.

        A band of warm weather is forecast for Britain over the next few days.

        Met Office maps suggest temperatrues could reach highs of 18C on Friday and Saturday.

        Met Office: It's going to get hotter over next few days

        Brits are basking in sunny conditions in parts of the UK today.

        But from Friday, the heat's going to rise across the whole country with highs of 17C in London and the south east.

        Check out the Met Office's graphic below.

        Dry & sunny conditions for Mother's Day

        Mother’s Day falls on 27th March this year and doesn’t look like it’ll disappoint.

        After Brits took advantage of the mild weather this weekend, we look ahead to more warmth and sunshine.

        If you’re looking to enjoy outdoor activities for Mother’s Day, you’ll be in luck as the weather appears to be staying pleasant for the foreseeable future.

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          UK shorelines should expect wet and windy weather

          Though most of us will enjoy sunny weather and mild temperatures, it’s not quite the same for our shores.

          Strong winds are expected across most coasts, bring with it lots of rain.

          The next two days will bring showers to the northeast and gales are likely along with lighter winds at times.

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          It’s set to be a warm Summer so here’s how to stay safe against UV

          As climate change begins to make more of an effect, it’s important to be aware of UV rays.

          Sunburn occurs when the skin is exposed to UV rays from the sun, but can also be from sunbeds.

          Extreme sunburn can be very serious and even mild sunburn may not heal properly leading to aged skin and eventually skin cancer.

          The Met Office advises sunscreen and avoiding excess exposure to UV rays.

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          Top tips when taking your pets on holiday

          With Easter holidays just around the corner, families are looking to get away and spend some time outdoors in the countryside.
          A caravan or camping trip is the perfect opportunity to spend time with your family, whilst also being able to bring your beloved dog.

          Bella & Duke’s Natural Canine Behaviourist, Caroline Spencer has provided her top 10 tips for going on holiday with your dog, and creating the perfect memories for all to enjoy.

          1. Make a doggy check-list
          2. Get to know where you are staying
          3. Bring some home comforts
          4. Let your dog get familiar with the new space
          5. Bring supplies to keep your dog’s food fresh and tasty
          6. Remember it’s a holiday for you and your dog
          7. Don’t over-do it – always keep your dog hydrated and relaxed

          Caroline Spencer adds: “Going on holiday should be fun for both you and your dog. It’s the perfect opportunity to spend some quality time together, away from work and other distractions.

          “It’s important to find the right balance between bringing some home comforts, like their cosy bed or favourite toy, and going out, exploring nature and having new adventures.”

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