This beats April showers . . . mini-heatwave hits Britain
Published 11/04/2011 | 05:00
SUN splashed across Britain yesterday bringing a fine end to a glorious "barbecue weekend".
Millions basked in the early April mini-heatwave in recent days, enjoying above-average temperatures that have rivalled those in some Mediterranean resorts.
Yesterday was no exception, with the mercury hitting 21C and forecasters predicting more spells of warm, dry sunshine.
However, the mini-heatwave will start to fizzle out today and it will start to turn colder as a front comes in from the north west and slowly moves south eastwards, bringing rain and showers.
The UK has enjoyed a salubrious spell of weather over the past week thanks to a sustained area of high pressure that has seen the average April temperatures of 10-13C comprehensively eclipsed.
Almost the whole of Britain basked in sunshine yesterday, with most inland areas enjoying readings in the high teens or early 20s.
Our picture shows Stef Harwood (20), (left) and Rachael Swan (20), who made a splash of their own cooling down in Blyth, Northumberland.