UK weather: Britain to enjoy 80F weekend but temps set to plummet

Britain will continue to enjoy a heat blast over the weekend before crashing back to reality on Monday when the ‘Pest from the West’ sweeps in and temperatures plummet by 20F.

It’ll be barbecue-worthy weather today with highs of 80F (27C) in London and the South East of England and on Sunday it’ll be just as hot.

Astonishingly some areas will wake up to rainfall tomorrow as there will be isolated thunderstorms and heavy showers across the South East and parts of Wales tonight which will move northeastwards.

Do Wookiees tan? Will Hyde from Darlington kicks his feet up on a sun lounger as Chewbacca as he attends a Sci-Fi event held in Scarborough

Even the Sith Lord Darth Vader couldn't help but take a stroll along the beach in the glorious sunshine. The North Yorkshire seaside town hosted the Sci-Fi event for the fifth year in a row

Even the Sith Lord Darth Vader couldn’t help but take a stroll along the beach in the glorious sunshine. The North Yorkshire seaside town hosted the Sci-Fi event for the fifth year in a row

Britain will continue to enjoy a 80F ( 27C) heat blast over the weekend, but the Met Office warns 'enjoy it while it lasts'

Britain will continue to enjoy a 80F ( 27C) heat blast over the weekend, but the Met Office warns ‘enjoy it while it lasts’

Pictured: A glorious sunrise beyond the small island of Bass Rock in Scotland

Pictured: A glorious sunrise beyond the small island of Bass Rock in Scotland

But the Met Office says not to worry as it’ll dry out by mid-morning tomorrow and the unseasonably hot spell will continue.

Monday is a different story however as the weather will come crashing back to normality with highs of 16C (60.8F) and rain showers expected across the country as a ‘cool Western wind’ makes its way through Britain. 

Met Office forecaster Mark Wilson said: ‘Britain has been enjoying heatwaves coming in from the Atlantic, but by Monday it’ll be far cooler winds from the West.’

‘The sunshine will continue over the weekend but it won’t be as straightforward as it has been the last few days.

He'll be hot in there: Callum Wood, 19, from Scarborough poses as Spiderman as he attends the Scarborough Sci-Fi event

He’ll be hot in there: Callum Wood, 19, from Scarborough poses as Spiderman as he attends the Scarborough Sci-Fi event

Cyclists travel through Hyde Park this morning as the capital gears up to be hotter than Morocco this afternoon

Cyclists travel through Hyde Park this morning as the capital gears up to be hotter than Morocco this afternoon

The unlikely Spring sunshine made for a picturesque shot of the Forth Rail Bridge across the Firth of Forth in Scotland this morning

The unlikely Spring sunshine made for a picturesque shot of the Forth Rail Bridge across the Firth of Forth in Scotland this morning

Two women make the most of their sunny day off as they run past the Serpentine lake at Hyde Park in London, where there will be blue skies and temperatures of 27C

Two women make the most of their sunny day off as they run past the Serpentine lake at Hyde Park in London, where there will be blue skies and temperatures of 27C

‘There will be isolated thunderstorms and some quite persistent rainfall over night but thankfully that will dry out for most people by the time they wake up.

‘Some people might wake up to a bit of rain but it’ll soon clear up and the warm weather will continue. It’s back to normality on Monday though with highs of around 16C in London.

‘Temperatures will be mostly near average with changeable weather during the working week. It’ll be generally unsettled, cooler and breezy, with rain and showers at times, especially across western parts.’

A woman uses here umbrella to create some shade so she can hide for the scorching Spring sunshine for a while

A woman uses here umbrella to create some shade so she can hide for the scorching Spring sunshine for a while

The Suntroopers: A group of The Empire's Stormtroopers posed for photos along the promenade in Scarborough

The Suntroopers: A group of The Empire’s Stormtroopers posed for photos along the promenade in Scarborough

Thursday was the hottest April day for nearly 70 years, with temperatures reaching a sensational 29.1C (84F) in St James’ Park in London, while yesterday’s highs reached 28C (82F). 

There were fears for London Marathon runners who are taking part in the event tomorrow.

More than 50,000 people are expected to take part in this year’s 26.2mile run, many of whom will have been training over the wetter than usual winter and may not be used to running in the heat. 

Met Office forecaster Mark Wilson said it will be cloudy in spells but the heat will ‘be a concern’ for runners in the race. 

Following a 29.1C (84.3F) record-breaking hottest April day for 70 years on Thursday, Met Office spokesman Grahame Madge said the mercury could rise up to 22C or 23C at weather stations in the capital on Sunday.

‘But a big caveat here is obviously a weather station temperature record will feel a bit different to what it might feel like trackside where you have the warmth coming up from the tarmac and other people.

‘Trackside temperatures will probably feel even warmer than that, so the advice to runners is to look at the forecast and prepare for the fact that this could be one of the warmer marathons.’

Mr Madge said it is possible there could be a new warmest temperature, but stressed that even if the mercury does not rise above the record, for runners it will feel ‘very, very warm’. 

Race organisers have announced they will add more water, ice and shower stations along the route so participants can cool down in the heat.

Conditions may also be especially difficult for fancy-dress runners, including the almost 100 attempting Guinness World Records dressed in outfits such as a suit of armour, a Paddington Bear costume and ski boots.

And runners have been advised to consider dropping their goal times and to run more slowly, to apply suncream and to wear lightweight clothing for warmer conditions.

Mr Madge said Sunday will start off bright, with potentially some higher cloud which ‘may reduce the extreme glare’, but warned that later on there could be some downpours due to ‘increasingly humid air’.

Set to increase in intensity and frequency throughout the event, he said the showers should bring respite for participants, but may not be so enjoyable for the spectators.

Elsewhere across the weekend, a yellow warning for rain has been issued by the Met Office covering northern England and North Wales.

Heavy downpours and thunderstorms are expected to develop on Saturday afternoon and overnight into Sunday, with the warning in place from 4pm until 3am.

The Met Office warns there could be some flooding to homes and businesses, potentially loss of power from lightning strikes and poor driving conditions caused by spray from the rain water. 

Disposable barbecue sets house on fire and burns down garden shed

Photos have emerged of fire crews tackling a huge barbecue fire after a shed was burned down and a house caught fire.

A discarded disposable barbecue was said to be the cause of the fire in Yaxley, Peterborough. 

Anyone planning on enjoying the sunshine with an outdoor meal is being encouraged to read the barbecue safety guide beforehand.

A discarded disposable barbecue was said to be the cause of the fire in Yaxley, Peterborough, where a shed was brunt to the ground and a conservatory was set alight

A discarded disposable barbecue was said to be the cause of the fire in Yaxley, Peterborough, where a shed was brunt to the ground and a conservatory was set alight

Photos have emerged of fire crews tackling the huge fire as neighbours watched in horror 

Photos have emerged of fire crews tackling the huge fire as neighbours watched in horror 

Anyone planning on enjoying the sunshine with an outdoor meal is being encouraged to read the barbecue safety guide beforehand

Anyone planning on enjoying the sunshine with an outdoor meal is being encouraged to read the barbecue safety guide beforehand

The fire service say: ‘Make sure your barbecue is in good working order, ensure the barbecue is on a flat site, well away from a shed, trees or shrubs, keep children, garden games and pets well away from the cooking area, never leave the barbecue unattended, keep a bucket of water or sand nearby for emergencies and ensure the barbecue is cool before attempting to move it.’

The guide also runs down specific safety precautions for charcoal and gas barbecues, and gives advice on cooking, camping and caravanning too. 

Read the full safety guide here 



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