The mild spring weather that Leicestershire has been experiencing this week is set to continue today, Thursday March 24. Forecasters predict temperatures will rival those of more exotic climates such as the French Riviera – and even warmer than Spain and Portugal.
For the past few days, our weather has been governed by an anticyclone located above the North Sea. It allowed warm air to ride up on the southerly winds to the Sahara Desert.
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The result was unusually pleasant conditions on Wednesday, with plenty of sunshine. Meteorologist Phil Morrish monitors conditions from his Mountsorrel weather station.
“The highest temperature was 18.5C (65.3F) recorded at Hinckley, followed by 18C (64.4) at Market Bosworth,” he said. “Here in Mountsorrel I had a high of 17.5C (63.5F) – that’s a good 5C above the usual temperatures you’d see here in Leicestershire at this time of year. the year.
“It was absolutely stunning – a very beautiful day indeed.” Phil assured us it would be another great day tomorrow. “It will be quite similar to Wednesday, with lots of sunshine and an average temperature of around 17C,” he said. “But it could go up to 18C in some places.”
This is only one degree cooler than the 19C predicted by WeatherOnline for the French Riviera tomorrow. It also compares very well to the 13C that Madrid are expected to see – and the meager 16C predicted for Lisbon.
The Met Office is forecasting similar conditions, with the weather “remaining stable” until the weekend.
On its website, the National Weather Service forecast is as follows:
The early mist and fog clears quickly to leave another fine bright day with long sunny spells, mostly dry, but an isolated late afternoon shower is possible. Light winds. Maximum temperature 18°C.
Outlook from Friday to Sunday:
Dry with sunny spells and light winds. An increasing risk of low cloud for coastal areas on weekends, cooler temperatures here where low cloud persists, otherwise warm during the day.
Phil Morrish said it’s worth getting out and enjoying the spring sunshine while you can, with cooler conditions expected to return next week. “It all depends on where the wind is coming from,” he said. “At the moment, we have an anticyclonic system in the east which lets air come up from North Africa.
“But it’s expected to move north by early next week, which means the winds will reverse and we’ll start getting cold air from the Arctic.” He added: “It’s not unusual, of course, but temperatures will be well down this week and back to single digits.
“We could have a frost or two and even a few wintry showers, so my advice would be to take advantage of the beautiful conditions while we can – and not put away your winter clothes just yet.”