Weather forecast UK today: Spring kicks off with 18C blast but winter chill to return next week

TOP temperatures are due to hit 18C today but things will take a turn for the worst as a cold front moves in bringing a wintry chill.

Eastern Scotland is expected to see the best of the weather as temperatures remain high.

Conditions in north east England are thought not to be too far behind with the mercury hitting 17C.

The Met Office though says those balmy conditions won't last as there is a cold front due to hit next week, bringing a chill with it.

The temperature spike this weekend come as a boost to millions of Brits as it marks the first time in months friends can meet in public with rule of six replacing rules banning more than two people from different houses meeting.

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  • Jon Rogers

    AUSTRALIA'S EAST COAST SMASHED BY FLASH FLOODING

    Australia's east coast was smashed by heavy rains on Saturday, sparking dangerous flash flooding that forced the evacuation of multiple regions as the fast-moving waters unmoored houses, engulfed roads, stranded towns and cut power lines.

    In Sydney, the country's biggest city, authorities pleaded for people to stay at home as a major dam overflowed and a mini-tornado tore through a western suburb.

    Most of the coast of New South Wales (NSW) state, which is home to about a third of Australia's 25 million people, has already seen March rainfall records broken and authorities warned the downpour was likely to continue for several days.

    "I hate to say this again to all our citizens of the state, but it's not going to be an easy week for us," NSW Premier Gladys Berejiklian told a televised briefing. "The rain may not stop till Thursday or Friday."

    Officials had issued nine evacuation orders for about 15 areas by Saturday afternoon.

  • Jon Rogers

    CLOUDY START TO SATURDAY MORNING

    It will be a cloudy start to Saturday morning, according to the Met Office.

    The forecaster said in a Twitter update: "Many parts will be #cloudy on Saturday morning with any early brightness in the south soon getting replaced by cloud from the north.

    "There will be some #sunshine on offer though for the northeast."

    Most of the country will see a cloudy start to Saturday
  • Joseph Gamp

    MET OFFICE RELEASES '4CAST' FOR SATURDAY

  • Joseph Gamp

    MERCURY COULD DROP TO AS LOW AS -2C IN SUSSEX ON SATURDAY MORNING

    East and west Sussex could see lows of -1C and -2C on Saturday morning.

    Likewise the coldest spots on Sunday morning will hit below freezing in rural Scotland, down to -3C.

    A Met Office spokesperson said: "Going into April, settled conditions are likely to continue in southern and eastern areas, where a good deal of dry and bright weather will occur."

  • Joseph Gamp

    TEMPERATURES OF -3 EXPECTED IN SCOTLAND TOMORROW

    On Saturday, the coldest temperatures are expected in central and northern Scotland, with lows of -3C.

    The UK will also see a few other cold spots with the North Sea bringing a light breeze to the South East.

  • Joseph Gamp

    METEOGROUP FORECAST FOR SATURDAY

    A dry but dull start to the day with early patches of mist soon lifting and clearing.

    It will then be dry but mostly grey and overcast during the day with cloudy skies and spots of drizzle are possible and will be most frequent across northern Scotland. Brighter later with sunny spells developing.

    Saturday evening will remain dry with late bright spells and there will be variable amounts of cloud cover.

    Overnight will then continue to be dry with patches of mist forming.

    It will be largely grey and overcast with cloudy skies however there will also be some clear spells, these most frequent across Scotland.

  • Joseph Gamp

    WATCH: UK WEATHER FORECAST FOR THIS WEEKEND (MARCH 20-21)

    Weekend weather forecast – Brits to bask in 18C sun this weekend after 19C hottest day in five months

  • Joseph Gamp

    UK 3/1 FOR HOTTEST DAY OF THE YEAR THIS WEEKEND

    Ladbrokes have it 3/1 that the hottest day of the year will be recorded this weekend.

    With temperatures taking a turn for the better, the bookies have cut odds from 6/1 to just 3/1 on a record-breaking high temperature for 2021 being recorded over the next couple of days.

    Alex Apati of Ladbrokes said: "We could soon be set for a sizzling Easter, but there's even more good news on the weather front this weekend with record-breaking temperatures for the year potentially being smashed."

  • Joseph Gamp

    ODDS-ON FOR SNOW TO FALL NEXT WEEK IN THE UK

    Bookmaker Coral makes it odds-on at 1-2 for snow to fall in any major city in the UK next week.

    The firm is 6-4 for this month to end as the coldest March on record, while it is 5-4 for snow to fall over the Easter weekend.

    "The forecasts for next week points to freezing temperatures which means there is a strong chance some major cities in the UK will see snow fall," said Coral's John Hill.

    "We make it odds-on for the white stuff to fall next week, while the odds have been cut for this month to end as a record cold March," added Hill.

  • Joseph Gamp

    NO WEATHER WARNINGS THIS WEEK

    The Met Office has not issued any weather warnings for the upcoming week.

  • Joseph Gamp

    WATCH: BBC WEATHER FORECAST WITH TOMASZ SCHAFERNAKER

  • Joseph Gamp

    A DRY WEEKEND AHEAD – BUT SUNSHINE WILL BE 'IN RELATIVELY SHORT SUPPLY'

    The Met Office tweeted: "This #weekend is looking largely dry but with sunshine in relatively short supply."

    It will remain cloudy with high pressure in the south while the northeast will see the most of the weekend sunshine.

    Sunday will also be a similarly cloudy day with cloud "thick enough to give drizzle in places".

  • Joseph Gamp

    UK WEEKEND WEATHER FORECAST

    Saturday will see sunny spells for parts of eastern Scotland and northeast England, where it should feel rather warm by afternoon, according to the Met Office.

    Elsewhere a lot of cloud generally, perhaps a little drizzle for some.

    Often quite cloudy on Sunday, but most places remaining dry.

    Chance of sunny spells most likely in the east. Light winds. 

  • Hana Carter

    CHERRY BLOSSOM BRINGS LIFE TO THE PARKS

    A cheeky parakeet eats some of the cheery blossom at St. James's Park, LondonCredit: Reuters
  • Hana Carter

    DRY WEEKEND

  • Hana Carter

    DEARY ME!

    People enjoy a stroll beside the dear in Richmond Park, south west London.

    Members of the public make the most of the warmer weatherCredit: LNP

     

  • Hana Carter

    SATURDAY FORECAST

    Sunny spells for parts of eastern Scotland and northeast England, where it should feel rather warm by afternoon.

    Elsewhere a lot of cloud generally, perhaps a little drizzle for some.

  • Hana Carter

    CLIMATE CHANGE EFFECT ON FOOD

  • Hana Carter

    'ARCTIC DOME’ WILL BRING SNOW & ICE IN COMING DAYS

    The Met Office has warned a 2,000-mile wide ‘Arctic dome’ of cold air will bring snow and ice into the UK this week.

    After the first signs of spring, the weather will turn colder again starting from Wednesday, forecasters have warned.

    The mercury will plummet with Scotland, Northumberland, Cumbria, Liverpool and Manchester all set to see snow, according to Netweather.

    It has predicted a 30 to 85 per cent chance of the white stuff, with temperatures in the South East reaching between -3C and -5C.

    London, Bath and Kent could also see white showers, forecasters have warned.

  • Hana Carter

    MET OFFICE: GLOBAL CARBON DIOXIDE LEVELS AT ALL TIME HIGH

    Global Carbon Dioxide levels are at an all-time high, the latest Met Office research has found.

    The levels are now 50% higher than when humanity embarked on the industrial revolution.

  • Katie Davis

    NO WEATHER WARNINGS THIS WEEK

    The Met Office has not issued any weather warnings for the upcoming week.

  • Katie Davis

    WEEKEND WEATHER FORECAST

    Saturday will see sunny spells for parts of eastern Scotland and northeast England, where it should feel rather warm by afternoon, according to the Met Office.

    Elsewhere a lot of cloud generally, perhaps a little drizzle for some.

    Often quite cloudy on Sunday, but most places remaining dry.

    Chance of sunny spells most likely in the east. Light winds. 

  • Katie Davis

    OUTLOOK FOR LONDON

    It will be turning increasingly brighter this afternoon.

    Temperatures will reach high of 12C.

    This evening, there will be patchy cloud at first, with thicker cloud and rain or drizzle spreading from the north overnight.

    Minimum temperature 0C.

  • Hana Carter

    SUNSHINE IN CAMBRIDGE TODAY

    Families made the most of the Spring sunshine today as they enjoyed walks at Cambridge University Botanic Garden.

    Many took advantage of the sunny weather to visit the gardens and see the snowdrops, crocuses and daffodils.

    The south east of England is set to see a bright day today, according to the Met Office, but northern Britain will see coastal low cloud and fog.

    Tonight there will be clear spells for a while across parts of southeast England, leading to patchy frost. Elsewhere it is expected to be mostly cloudy, with some drizzle.

  • Hana Carter

    TONIGHT'S FORECAST

    According to the Met Office there will be clear spells for a while across parts of southeast England, leading to patchy frost.

    Clearer and chilly, too, in parts of Scotland. Elsewhere mostly cloudy, a little drizzle for some.

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