UK braces for WARMEST day of the year so far as bizarre weather takes ANOTHER turn

BRITAIN is set to see its hottest day of the year so far with temperatures expected to hit the mid-teens – but parts of the UK will be struck with heavy showers on Saturday, according to the Met Office.

SPRING IN YOUR STEP UK weather – Britain basks in hottest day of the year so far as temperatures hit 16C – but still take a brolly

It’s set to be a wet start to the weekend with snow on high ground and possible thunderstorms down south

BRITAIN is basking in the warmest day of the year so far today – but don’t pack the brollies away just yet as it’s set to pour in some parts.

While the UK faces a wet start to the weekend, temperatures have reached highs of more than 15C in some areas.

In some parts of the UK it is even set to be hotter than Portugal – to the delight of many who are clamoring to get the barbecues out and finally feel the sunshine on their skin again.

Forecaster Graeme Madge said: “Today we are looking at highs of, pretty much everywhere in England, getting into double figures, with parts of the South East possibly 13C.

“Most places across the UK will be clear. It will be bright and sunny and not much in the way of wind.

“Somewhere like Manchester will still be in double figures and only really in the north of England will we struggle to see double figures temperatures today.”

He added Edinburgh could see up to 8C or 9C.

Meanwhile, parts of northern England and Scotland are still battling inches of snow and rain today, with Met Office weather warnings in place.

And it follows a wetter than average month in places such as Devon, the Severn Vale and Tyneside in the North East, with widespread snow and heavy rainfall causing disruption.

There are also around 25 flood warnings and more than 100 alerts England after the Easter washout which saw torrential rain and snow.

Mr Madge said an area of low pressure threatened to bring some rain to western parts of the UK, including Northern Ireland and Wales, on Friday.

He said: “There’s a front associated with that low pressure that’s going to be trying to make progress across the UK in western areas.

“As far as England is concerned it’s not going to make much progress.

“Tomorrow temperatures, pretty much everywhere apart from really north of Scotland, look like they can get into double figures.”

Mr Madge said average temperatures for early April in the South East, where he suggested the mercury could reach up to 16C, were around 12C to 13C.

“So the fact that this is early April, it will feel nice,” he said.

The brief warmth will be welcome respite from what Mr Madge called a “very wet” March.

“Devon had its fourth wettest March since 1910, although that was not necessarily replicated everywhere,” he said.

“Pretty much everywhere apart from places like the North West and west of Scotland saw pretty much above average rainfall.

“Some areas, particularly Devon, the Severn Vales and parts of the North East, saw levels approaching double the amount expected for March.

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