Temperatures reached 25C last weekend with most of the country basking in glorious sunshine. The weather then turned dramatically cold on Tuesday but BBC Weather forecaster Carol Kirkwood warned a second wave of hot conditions is just around the corner, with temperatures reaching up to 22C again on Thursday. She said: “By the end of the night it will be cloudy across the Channel Islands and also we will start to see some showers coming in across the south-west.
“Temperatures on Thursday, look at this amber colour coming up from the south. It is going to get warmer.
“But as a weather front sinks south, it’s a cold front and as that is happening in the north of the country, it’s turning cooler for you.
“We start on Thursday with this weather front producing clouds for the north of Scotland and northern England.
“Brighter behind it and then in front of that weather front a lot of bright weather with a bit of sunshine.
“Those showers coming up from the south-west through the Channel Islands and getting across south-west England and south Wales, possibly one or two getting into the Midlands as well.
“Some of them will be sharp, one or two may have the odd thunder in them.
“Temperatures getting up to 21C or 22C but cooler in the north as our cold front sinks further south.”
Warm temperatures have caused problems for police across the country as they try to implement the government’s strict social distancing rules.
Britons have been in lockdown for three weeks to try to halt the spread of the potentially deadly coronavirus, which has already sadly taken the lives of over 11,000 people in the UK.
But, with warmer conditions, concerns grow that some Britons will flaunt social distancing rules by sitting in parks or leaving their homes without a reasonable excuse.
The Government has clearly set out the only reasons why people should be leaving their homes at the moment, these include for food supplies, for medical supplies or to help the vulnerable, to exercise once a day, or to travel to and from work, if it cannot be done from home.
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Looking forward further this month, the Met Office has claimed temperatures are likely to be “above average for most”, which could create further complications for police – who have already faced some criticism over the way they have handled the COVID-19 crisis so far and implemented the government’s measures.
The Met Office’s long-range forecast from Saturday 18, April, to Monday 27, April, reads: “Remaining mostly fine and dry on Saturday with many places seeing sunny spells once early mist patches clear.
“The south/southwest may see cloud build through the day with some outbreaks of showery rain at times. Generally warm, but cooler in the breeze.”
Looking forward, the Met Office said “settled conditions seem likely to continue for much of the country”, with “good spells of sunshine and dry weather, especially across central areas of the UK”.
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The Met Office added: “Showers and some longer spells of rain are possible at times in the south, whilst the far north may see bands of more persistent rain accompanied by stronger winds.
“Temperatures should be above average for most, but there is still the risk of the odd isolated frost in rural areas by night.”
Some leading bookmakers have even slashed odds on this month going down as the hottest April on record.
Alex Apati of Ladbrokes said: “Don’t be surprised to see this month go down as a record-breaking one on the weather front with Brits set to bask in baking temperatures.”
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