About BLOOMING time! Spring is in the air with sun this week and 65F highs from next week… just in time to wheel out the BBQs when Rule of Six returns on March 29
- Mercury will reach 59F (15C) in southern England this afternoon as much of Britain enjoys sunny and dry day
- Pleasant conditions are expected for most areas over next two days with 65F (18C) highs possibly next week
- Good news for those planning outdoor gathering from March 29 when rule-of-six returns in parks & gardens
- But North and West of England will face showers this Thursday, which will spread to most of UK on Friday
Britain’s tallest magnolia tree looked beautiful covered in bright pink blossom in a seaside suburb today as parts of the country enjoy pleasant spring temperatures this week.
The 60ft magnolia tree was planted well over 50 years ago in the back garden of a detached house in the Lilliput district of Poole in Dorset by its former owner who died in the 1980s – and it makes for a stunning sight in bloom.
The mercury is set to reach 59F (15C) in southern England this afternoon as much of the country enjoys a dry day with sunny spells – and pleasant conditions are expected for most areas over the next two days.
But the North and West of England and Scotland are expected to face showers on Thursday, which will spread to most of the country on Friday – although the outlook for this weekend is good before 65F (18C) highs next week.
This is welcome news for those planning an outdoor gathering from March 29 when the rule-of-six returns in parks and gardens – with many also banking on decent weather over the Easter weekend from Good Friday on April 2.
Britain’s tallest magnolia tree, pictured today, was planted over 50 years ago in the back garden of a house in Lilliput, Dorset
A dog walker makes his way past Britain’s tallest magnolia tree in the Lilliput district of Poole in Dorset this morning
Britain’s tallest magnolia tree looked beautiful covered in bright pink blossom in the seaside suburb in Dorset today
The stunning magnolia tree in Dorset is in full bloom today as parts of the country enjoy pleasant spring temperatures
It comes after a warm weekend which saw the mercury hit 57.6F (14.2C) in both Hampshire and Wales yesterday and 63.7F (17.6C) in Aberdeenshire on Saturday – after a 2021 UK high of 66.2F (19C) in Edinburgh last Thursday.
There was a chilly start for many areas today with some early morning fog in western England and Wales, before it became a largely dry day with sunny spells – despite the chance of showers for Scotland and Northern Ireland.
Tonight, there will be more cloud with further outbreaks of drizzle for western Scotland. It will be generally cloudy in Northern Ireland and the Midland, and there could be isolated mist and fog patches into the early hours.
Following this it will be dry day tomorrow with bright spells for many at first, before turning cloudier by the afternoon but staying brighter on the south coast and North East Scotland.
The sun rises today over ‘The Couple’ by artist Sean Henry, sitting off the coast at Newbiggin-by-the-Sea in Northumberland
However showers in the North West will start in the afternoon and push across much of Scotland in the evening, before Wednesday brings a band of cloud and drizzle moving south-eastwards from Wales and the Midlands.
This is expected to reach parts of East Anglia in the afternoon – but behind this band, there will be plenty of sunny spells. There will also be showers in the North West, before Thursday brings sunshine and breezy showers.
Last Thursday, Britain recorded its warmest day of the year so far, with Edinburgh reaching 66.2F (19C) which beat the previous 2021 high of 65.1F (18.4C) set at Santon Downham in Suffolk on February 24.
March 18 was also the UK’s warmest day since October 8 last year when Writtle in Essex got to 66.4F (19.1C), and it was the highest maximum in Scotland since 71.4F (21.9C) was recorded at Fyvie Castle on September 21, 2020.