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Birmingham to be hotter than Barcelona as 'blowtorch heat' roasts city

Birmingham Mail logo Birmingham Mail 17/04/2018 12:28:25 James Rodger
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Birmingham is set to experience temperatures of 22C this week - making the city HOTTER than Barcelona.

Latest weather models show a band of hot African air forecasters have described as a "blowtorch" engulfing Europe and the UK from the south.

The city will see scorching temperatures after weeks of dreary weather, with grey clouds, wintry showers and heavy rain.

The mercury could rise to up to 8C above the average for April as the nation experiences a brief taste of summer - just weeks after the Beast from the East ripped across many areas,

Across other parts of the UK The Met Office has predicted highs of 25 degrees C.

On Wednesday it will be mostly dry and sunny in many areas, but there will still be showers in Northern Ireland and the far north-west of Scotland.

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But in many places, temperatures would climb to the low to mid-20s C especially in the Midlands and south-east of England.

Thursday is set to be the warmest day with highs of 25C predicted - making it the warmest day of the year so far.

On the Met Office website forecasters said: "After a cloudy start, Wednesday will become fine and warm with long spells of sunshine developing through the day. Maximum temperature 22 °C."

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A spokesperson for The Weather Channel said: "High pressure over southern Scandinavia will build westwards, keeping Atlantic low pressure at bay to the west and north of the British Isles.

"These lows will bring unsettled weather through to Wednesday, easing as the high builds in.

"A south-westerly flow around the high will bring warm tropical and temperatures will increase gradually peaking on Thursday. It will turn drier under high pressure towards the end of the week, but as it begins to retreat over the weekend, low pressure will push in once more bringing cooler temperatures and a return to unsettled conditions."

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With average maximum temperatures for April across the UK around 11.5C and around 13C for southern England, the rise in temperatures will be welcomed by many.

Thursday's warm blast will see parts of the country recording higher temperatures than some European destinations, including the Costa del Sol in Spain at 21C and mainland Greece at 23C.

Warm and dry conditions look likely to remain into the weekend, but it may become a little cooler, and said there could be some rain pushing in from the west by Sunday.

Alex Deakin meteorologist from the Met Office said: "There is plenty of fine warm weather to come but Tuesday morning is a bit of a soggy one- wet and blustery especially in many western areas.

"Parts of eastern England do still have some sunshine but for many it is a blustery start, especially in Scotland with heavy rain.

"The rain will push across to north west England.

East Anglia and in the south east will have the sunniest weather throughout the today.

"Clouds will continue to thicken across north west England and there will be a bit of drizzly rain.

"Temperatures are into the teens in most places, feeling a bit cooler under the cloud and rain but warmer air is coming from the south.

"Moving in to Tuesday evening the cloud and rain will continue over north west England and parts of Wales.

"The cloud and rain will begin to fizzle out overnight, however there will still be around in some form on Wednesday a dull damp start.

"Rain will work across Ireland and Scotland but elsewhere dry and plenty of sunshine developing.

"Temperatures getting into the high teens and even low 20s with 21C and 22C possible.

"Cooler where we have the cloudier skies in the north.

"But high pressure will build allowing southerly winds to waft up warmer air, so Thursday will see a peak in temperatures - 24C, 25C in the south east and even high teens in the north.

"But for many of us signs of spring with some higher temperatures and plenty of blue sky, this week."

17. huhtikuuta 2018 15:28:25 Categories: Birmingham Mail

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