YORKSHIRE basked in glorious sunshine as forecasters predicted the recent spell of good weather could continue until the weekend.
Temperatures were expected to reach as high as 19C (66.2F) in parts of the country - hotter than Rome, the Greek islands of Zante and Kefalonia and nearly eight degrees higher than the UK’s average for April.
It’s hotter than Rome, the Greek islands of Zante and Kefalonia and nearly eight degrees higher than the UK’s average for April.
Andy Ratcliffe, weather forecaster at MeteoGroup, said: “It’s dry for most of the UK, away from the west of Scotland, and most places are seeing sunshine and feeling warm.
“Over the next couple of days it will stay mostly dry across the UK, with some sunshine, and we’re looking at highs of 17C. From Friday though we could see a few showers starting.”
Sally Webb, a forecaster at MeteoGroup, said reports of possible thunderstorms due to incoming warm air from the continent - a phenomenon known as the Spanish Plume - were probably premature.
“It is a bit early in the season to be considering something like the Spanish Plume and we will just see a continuation of the weather from the weekend,” she said.
The average UK temperature for April is 11.4C (52F) and for England is 12.4C (54F), according to the Met Office.