UK weather forecast: Britain to bask in balmy 20C heat as chart turns orange – new maps

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High pressure is expected to push into Southern Europe and the Mediterranean Sea over the coming weeks, and this period could also see the UK heat up during the second part of March. The latest charts from Netweather show temperatures creeping up into double figures in the south and eastern parts of England on Monday, March 15. London could see warm highs of 14C, while Kent and Peterborough are hit with 15C on the same day.

Further north-east, Scarborough and Skegness could see highs of 12C.

Scotland is expected to remain in single figures, with temperatures reaching 8C at the most.

Temperature anomaly charts from WxCHARTS also show the whole of the UK turning orange over a four day period from March 15 to 18, as heat sweeps over from Europe from a southerly direction.

It comes as Brian Gaze at the Weather Outlook said the “strengthening sun” could mean temperatures even reach 20C, although it is still too early to confirm.

He told Express.co.uk: “At the present time I’m expecting an increasing chance of milder periods developing during the second half of March.

“The strengthening sun and longer days mean there is the potential for it to feel quite warm, especially in the south.

“The warmer conditions are most likely to come from the south or southwest.

“I wouldn’t be surprised to see 20C (68F) reached during this period.”

Weather Outlook’s Spring 2021 Outlook added the second half of March could be “warmer than average”.

The outlook said: “This year seasonal computer models and recent climatology are favouring a warmer than average season.

“The signal for this is relatively strong in the context of the above.

“The signal for precipitation amounts is weaker, as is usually the case.

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“Nonetheless, there are indications of rain amounts being below the 30 year average when taken over the three month period.

“Short and medium range computer models are showing the likelihood of cold weather for a time during the first half of March.

“They also suggest the second half of March will be close to the 30 year average.”

BBC Weather’s forecast between Monday, March 15 and Sunday, March 28, added temperatures are expected to be unsettled, potentially allowing short warm spells to hit.

The forecast said: “The second half of March is shaping up to be locked into a fairly consistent large-scale weather pattern for Northern Europe (including the UK).

“We are expecting high pressure to be a dominant feature in the Central Atlantic and occasionally extend into Southern Europe and the Mediterranean Sea.

“Meanwhile, low pressure will persist near Greenland and Iceland as well as near Scandinavia and Western Russia.

“This will send weather fronts through Northern Europe frequently, keeping things unsettled and bringing some changeable temperatures, which is pretty typical for a British spring.”

The Met Office added “brighter interludes” could strike from Monday, March 15 and Monday, March 29.

The long-range forecast said: “During the middle of March unsettled conditions look likely to continue across the UK, with spells of rain and showers but also some drier and brighter interludes at times.

“Into the latter part of March unsettled conditions perhaps becoming more confined to the north and west with the south and east seeing more settled conditions.

“Temperatures are most likely to remain near to or slightly above average, with any colder intervals short lived.”

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