Weather UK forecast today – Hayfever hell this weekend due to high tree pollen count as heatwave brings 22C temperatures

POLLEN levels are increasing this week, Met Office says, with high levels of birch and ash tree pollen in places today.

Despite it not being overly warm, strong periods of sunshine will give moderate UV levels, so remember to stay protected if you are spending a long time outside, the Met Office said.

Bookies have now made this April odds-on to become the coldest ever.

The coldest was recorded in 2011 when the mean average for the month was 5.7C.

But the colder weather won't stick around as from next week, people will be able to enjoy warmer temperatures as the mercury reaches 17C by April 23, according to WXCharts.

Long-range forecasts show that Britain looks set to bask in a mini-heatwave this month, with temperatures eventually climbing to a balmy 22C.

The warmer weather is a huge boost for pub beer gardens and BBQs as coronavirus restrictions ease across England.

Temperature maps by WXCharts show the mercury soaring to the early 20s across the nation from Sunday April 25.

But the best weather will come the following week – with the chart showing highs of 22C in Leeds on April 28.

Meanwhile, London and large swathes of the south of England will see 20C temperatures.

BBC forecasters said: "The tail end of April and first part of May will be at the mercy of high pressure that should often find itself to the north or west, and low pressure to the south near Spain.

“The UK will be caught between these two large-scale pressure systems, so we will likely continue to see changeable weather.”

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  • Alice Peacock

    BRITAIN TO BASK IN 20C SUNSHINE IN JUST DAYS

    Brits are going to be treated next week to a 20C heatwave as spring begins to prepare us for the summer months ahead.

    The warmer weather will be met with welcome arms by pub landlords as well as amateur BBQ chefs as coronavirus restrictions ease across England.

    This week hospitality was allowed to reopen after being closed for months during lockdown.

    Brits were seen at pub beer gardens, outdoor bars and restaurants around the country despite cold temperatures – with some people even braving heavy snow to enjoy a pint.

  • Alice Peacock

    GET OUT THE HAYFEVER TABLETS

    Pollen levels are increasing this week, Met Office says, with high levels of birch and ash tree pollen in places today.

  • Niamh Cavanagh

    SUN SUN SUN

    All smiles!

    Blue sky and golden sand fun for Raich Keene, Jack Porter and Raphael the Retriever at Carbis Bay, Cornwall.

    Credit: Alamy
  • Niamh Cavanagh

    THURSDAY MORNING FORECAST

    Any early patches of mist and fog will soon lift and clear.

    It will then be dry with spells of sunshine during the morning however areas of cloud will tend to build during the day.

    There is a chance of a few showers developing, these are expected across East Anglia and spreading inland later

  • Niamh Cavanagh

    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.

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

  • Niamh Cavanagh

    WATCH – JURASSIC COAST HAS ITS BIGGEST ROCKFALL IN 60 YEARS

    Jurassic Coast has its biggest rockfall in 60 years after huge 4,000 tonne chunk drops from 430ft cliff

  • Niamh Cavanagh

    ROCKS AND ROLL

    The Jurassic Coast saw its biggest rockfall in 60 years as 4,000 tonnes tumbled from a 430ft cliff.

    The rubble has completely blocked off a beach along a stretch of Britain's historic Jurassic Coast.

    A huge chunk from a 430ft sandstone cliff gave way causing boulders the size of cars to plummet near Seatown in Dorset.

    Rangers have been assessing the damage throughout the day and Dorset Council is warning people to stay away.

  • Niamh Cavanagh

    MET OFFICE – WEDNESDAY AFTERNOON FORECAST

  • Niamh Cavanagh

    SUMMER IS HERE

    A walker enjoys some far reaching views as she walks above the spectacular geological feature of High Cup Nick in the North Pennines as cloud builds over the Eden valley in Cumbria.

    Credit: Alamy
  • Niamh Cavanagh

    TONIGHT'S FORECAST – DRY WITH A SPOT OF DRIZZLE

    A dry and bright evening with late sunny spells and any daytime showers will soon clear away.

    Overnight will then be dry with lengthy clear spells although patches of cloud will build bringing the chance of a spot of drizzle.

    Areas of mist and fog will form, mostly across northern parts

  • Niamh Cavanagh

    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."

  • Niamh Cavanagh

    SHEPHERD'S DELIGHT

    A sunset in Sheerness, Kent, last night.

    Credit: Alamy
  • Niamh Cavanagh

    BRITAIN TO BASK IN 20C SUNSHINE IN JUST DAYS

    Brits are going to be treated next week to a 20C heatwave as spring begins to prepare us for the summer months ahead.

    The warmer weather will be met with welcome arms by pub landlords as well as amateur BBQ chefs as coronavirus restrictions ease across England.

    This week hospitality was allowed to reopen after being closed for months during lockdown.

    Brits were seen at pub beer gardens, outdoor bars and restaurants around the country despite cold temperatures – with some people even braving heavy snow to enjoy a pint.

  • Niamh Cavanagh

    WATCH – TODAY'S FORECAST

    UK weather forecast – Britain to bask in glorious 20C sunshine in just days as pubs continue to reopen

  • Britta Zeltmann

    TODAY’S FORECAST

    It’s set to be a dry and sunny day for most, with a few showers mainly in the south west. 

    Temperatures remain below average for many but things will feel warm in the sunshine and light winds away from the east England coast.

    Map shows outlook for 10am todayCredit: Met Office
  • Debbie White

    BRITAIN TO BASK IN 22C HEAT BLAST THIS MONTH AS SUNNY WEATHER RETURNS NEXT WEEK

    Britain is set for a 22C heat blast this month with glorious sunshine expected to return next week.

    The warm weather comes as a huge boost for Brits heading to pub gardens after a cold snap yesterday.

    Temperature maps by WXCharts show the mercury soaring to the early 20s across the nation from Sunday April 25. 

    But the best weather will come the following week – with the chart showing highs of 22C in Leeds on April 28. 

  • Debbie White

    MERCURY TO HIT 17C NEXT WEEK

    From next week, people will be able to enjoy warmer temperatures as the mercury reaches 17C by April 23, according to WXCharts.

    Bookies have now made this April odds on to become the coldest ever.

    The coldest was recorded in 2011 when the mean average for the month was 5.7C.

    So far, the mean average for this April is 4.6C.

    But Met Office forecaster Nicky Maxey said rising temperatures "could change everything".

  • Debbie White

    WEDNESDAY COLD AND FROSTY SAYS MET OFFICE FORECAST

    Wednesday morning will "start cold with a frost in many places at first", says the Met Office.

    The day will also feature patches of fog, mainly in Northern Ireland, Wales and southwest England.

    But, the fog "will soon clear and then most places will be dry with some sunshine before scattered showers develop by late morning."

  • Debbie White

    -9C IN SCOTLAND – COLDEST IN EIGHT YEARS

    Scotland endured its coldest April temperature in eight years with a low of -9.4C (15F) on Monday.

    The overnight reading was recorded in Tulloch Bridge, Inverness-shire.

    It came after the mercury plunged to -8.3C (17F) at the same location the previous day.

    Forecasters said the freezing weather was caused by sunny days and clear nights.

    Nicky Maxey, of the Met Office, added: "The start of April has been pretty cold in Scotland, with the average daytime temperature 2.7C below what we would expect. But by Friday we may see up to 16C (61F)."

  • Debbie White

    APRIL 18-27 'DRY AND BRIGHT'

    High pressure will "dominate" the UK's weather from Sunday April 18 until Tuesday April 27, reports the Met Office.

    The service has predicted "plenty of dry and bright weather.

    "If any further outbreaks of rain do occur, they will most likely affect northwestern areas.

    "Temperatures will probably be close to average for the time of year, with clearer skies causing warm temperatures by day, but allowing temperatures to drop overnight, meaning frost is still possible and that mist and fog formation is likely, especially in the south."

  • Debbie White

    ODDS CUT ON HIGHS OF 20C LATER THIS WEEK AS MERCURY RISES

    Leading bookmaker Coral has cut the odds to 5-4 (from 5-2) on temperatures reaching as high as 20C by the end of the week in the UK.

    The firm is offering 2-1 that this spring is the hottest on record, while it is 4-5 that 2021 is a record hot year in the UK.

    “Temperatures are set to rise over the next few days and our betting suggests we could even get highs of 20C before the week is out,” said Coral’s John Hill.

    “With a more positive outlook, we have cut the odds on this being a record hot spring and for 2021 finishing as the hottest year since records began,” added Hill.

  • Debbie White

    FINE WEATHER AHEAD FOR END OF APRIL – MET OFFICE

    The Met Office said: “Fine and dry weather is likely to be more prevalent overall, especially during late-April, with this signal waning during May, although all areas are likely to see some showers or longer spells of rain at times.

    "Temperatures probably close to average with some warmer spells are possible at times."

  • Debbie White

    HEATING UP – BRITS TO ENJOY 22C 'MINI HEATWAVE'

    Britain is set for a 22C heat blast this month with glorious sunshine expected to return next week.

    The warm weather comes as a huge boost for Brits heading to pub gardens after a cold snap yesterday.

    Temperature maps by WXCharts show the mercury soaring to the early 20s across the nation from Sunday April 25.

    But the best weather will come the following week – with the chart showing highs of 22C in Leeds on April 28.

    Meanwhile, London and large swathes of the south of England will see 20C temperatures.

  • Debbie White

    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.

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

  • Debbie White

    THURSDAY – SHOWERS AHEAD

    Scattered showers are possible in central and south eastern England on Thursday, warns The Weather Outlook.

    "Other parts of the UK remain dry with sunny periods" on Thursday.

    Temperatures will "continue to slowly recover but it remains chilly in the east", it adds.

    Above: Ventusky's take on Thursday's weather

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