With Reading Half Marathon due to take place tomorrow (Sunday April 3), runners will want to know exactly what the weather has in store for them, especially after the snowfall seen in parts of the county. But hope is not lost, as the weather should be much milder this weekend and into Sunday.
After a spell of hot weather and sunshine, Berkshire has seen temperatures drop to -1C this week. However, the winter cold will not persist for too long. Although the roads and paths could be quite icy this evening, with temperatures dropping to -4C in the London and South East England area, it is expected to warm up on Sunday.
The race will start at 10.15am at Green Park in Reading and finish at Madejski Stadium, now called Select Car Leasing Stadium. Here at BerkshireLive, we checked the Met Office weather forecast for the day.
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On Sunday, the Met Office says it will be: “Frosty start and mostly sunny, with any scattered freezing fog dissipating soon. Then mostly dry with sunny spells and scattered clouds developing, also possibly a few light showers. Temperature maximum 10C.” In Reading, Sunday will start quite chilly with temperatures between 3C and 7C until 12 noon.
It will warm slightly to 9°C for most of the day with cloudy skies by lunchtime. The chance of rain is really low with less than 5% chance – ideal for runners.
Temperatures will start dropping again around 8pm which won’t affect the runners unless they are really behind. The outlook for Monday through Wednesday reads: “Windy Monday with clearing rain followed by brighter and drier conditions. Tuesday largely dry but mostly cloudy, some sunny spells or sunny spells. Windy Wednesday, sunny spells and isolated showers. Milder.”