Weather weekend UK forecast – Mini heatwave to hit sending temperatures soaring into high teens after snowy week

A MINI heatwave will hit the UK this weekend sending temperatures soaring into high teens after snowy week.

The sunshine is returning after a cold snap and is a boost for pub beer gardens and BBQs as coronavirus restrictions ease across England.

Forecasters say this summer could be the hottest in a decade as a 32C blast is set to hit the country within weeks.

La Nina, a climate pattern, will play a large part in the spike in warm weather.

Jim Dale, meteorologist for British Weather Services, said: “There will definitely be some spikes of heat as we go into summer when I expect to see temperatures in the high 20Cs or even the low 30Cs.

“This is largely because of a balancing effect which, after the colder period of weather over the past couple of months, dominated by a northerly airflow, should revert and come from a more southerly direction.

“This will bring more in the way of hotter weather as we go through the end of spring and into summer.

“This summer could be up there with the warmer ones from the past ten years, it is more likely to turn out one of the warmer ones that to be cooler.”

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    INCREASED UV LEVELS

    The main factors affecting the strength of UV radiation reaching the Earth's surface are:

    • the elevation angle (height) of the sun in the sky
    • the amount of cloud, dust and pollution in the atmosphere
    • the amount of ozone gas in the stratosphere

    PROTECT YOUR SKIN

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

    "UV levels will reduce to low in the northwest on Sunday, with cloud & rain forecast."

    OUTLOOK FOR SATURDAY TO MONDAY

    The Met Office's weather outlook for Saturday to Monday says: "Fine and dry for much of England and Wales with overnight frost and a few early fog patches.

    "Scotland and Northern Ireland cloudier with rain at times. Mild nights here."

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      HOW TO PREVENT HAY FEVER

      Max Wiseberg, airborne allergens expert and creator of hay fever balm HayMax, said: “It is a great idea to create your own first aid kit and take it with you everywhere with one or more natural products, one antihistamine, one steroid nasal spray and eye drops, can prove very effective, especially when pollen counts are very high or you suffer with severe symptoms.

      “Always ask your GP or pharmacist before combining treatments.”

      He gives these tips:

      1. Create an on-the-go first aid kit

      2. Choose the right food and drinks

      3. Get enough sleep in clean sheets

      4. Keep pets clean

      5. Have sex

      6. Cut down on booze

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      CONTINGENCY PLANNER

      The Met Office's three-month contingency planner predicts "greater than normal impacts from hot weather" in the run-up to summer.

      John Hammond, a meteorologist for weathertrending.com, said: “While at this range, there’s no obvious signal of hot weather, I’d be surprised if 30-degree days are that far away by early May.

      “It seems to take very little effort these days for temperatures to be encouraged to soar.

      “Any hint of southerly winds would provide that encouragement.

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