Friday, 20 April 2018

Extreme heat for Britain forecast

Britain set to bake at 28C today with people warned to stay indoors as "toxic plume" arrives from France
Toxic pollution means many should stay indoors, say experts as Britain braces for what could be the hottest April day in decades


19 April, 2018


Britain looks set to bake in the warmest April day in nearly 70 years, forecasters predict - but toxic pollution has prompted a warning that people should stay indoors.

The mercury could hit a whopping 28°C - far surpassing the average maximum temperature for this time of year, which stands at 11.4°C.


The South East will enjoy the best of the weather, while most of England and Wales should see the temperature rise into at least the low 20s, the Met Office said.

But it's not all good news, with experts warning Brits to be wary of enjoying the hot temperatures, with a toxic plume of pollution likely to cause problems for people with heart and lung problems.

The toxic air will happen because air from the Atlantic is mixing with polluted air in Spain and France.


Advice from the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs says: "Thursday and Friday have the chance of localised high pollution levels near east coasts of England, with isolated pockets also possible in busy urban areas in southern and eastern England.
"Areas of moderate air pollution are expected across southern parts of the UK, with more isolated moderate levels in the North, mainly close to coasts."
Conditions will be mild across the UK, with Northern Ireland likely to push 19°C in some parts and a peak of 20°C possible in Aberdeenshire in Scotland, the forecaster said.
The summery spell comes as a result of warm air from the Azores, off the coast of Portugal, being dragged up towards the UK by the combined efforts of an area of low pressure over the Atlantic and high pressure over western Europe.
A high of 28°C would beat the 2001 April high of 27.8°C, the Met Office said.
The warmest April day on record was 29.4°C in 1949.

Meteorologist Alex Burkill said: "There's a fairly good chance of 28°C, there's about a 60% chance.

"Quite widely we are going to see low 20s, and for many it will be a little warmer than Wednesday."


A high of 25.3°C was recorded in St James' Park in London on Wednesday, making it the hottest day of the year so far.

Thursday is expected to be the hottest day of the warm spell, with weekend temperatures dipping slightly before showery outbreaks on Sunday.

Competitors in the London Marathon can expect hot and humid conditions with a forecast of between 21°C and 23°C, Mr Burkill said.


"There could be a shower but it's not very likely. It's not great conditions for running. In fact if any showers do come they might be very welcome," he said.

Some hayfever sufferers could be affected by high pollen counts, he added.

Mr Burkill said: "For anyone who suffers from tree pollen they will probably be feeling the effects, but that's only about 20% of hayfever sufferers. Grass pollen season comes later in summer."



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