UK weather forecast LIVE – Hottest day of the year THIS WEEKEND as Met Office predicts scorching 18C temperatures

FORECASTERS predict a 'dry, much warmer' weekend as temperatures could reach 18C.

Forecasters say a blast of warm air from North Africa is set to hit the UK this weekend bringing in the balmier temperatures, nearing 20C.

Jim Dale, a senior meteorologist at British Weather Services, has said that the UK can expect dry weather and blue skies this weekend, adding temperatures are likely to sit between 17 and 18C, potentially reaching 20C.

The forecaster added that the UK will see "a lot of pleasant weather coming now".

Met Office forecaster Clare Nasir echoes this, saying: "Into the weekend high pressure reaching across Denmark will allow for settled conditions to extend right across the UK, but some stronger winds on Saturday certainly, gusts over the hills and moors as well as the mountains but with a southerly wind it will feel very warm across some parts particularly I would say the Moray Firth where we could see an 18C.

"Generally the weekend is looking fine and dry, much warmer with some sunshine."

The Met Office has said that the hottest day so far in 2022 was 17.2C in Pershore, Worcestershire.

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UK weather forecast LIVE – Hottest day of the year THIS WEEKEND as Met Office predicts scorching 18C temperatures

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    Met Office maps suggest temperatrues could reach highs of 18C on Friday and Saturday.

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    Meteorologist Alex Deakin has brought us the latest weather news for the rest of the day today, reminding us it isn’t sunshine everywhere.

    Deakin said there’s a possibility the temperature could get as high as 16C in parts of eastern England today.

    He made clear Glasgow and Belfast are likely to experience some showers in the late afternoon leading into the evening, before hitting Edinburgh.

    Deakin confirmed Wednesday is looking very cloudy for much of the UK.