BBC Meteorologist Susan Powell forecast an end to the grey skies that were “abundant” across the UK yesterday. She noted that the “thick blanket of cloud” which had stayed in place overnight, kept it “very warm”. For the north west of Scotland, in particular, it got to 16 degrees in the middle of the night.
Ms Powell told viewers: “That very warm air actually stretches all the way from the tropics.
“It’s still sitting across Northern Ireland and northern Scotland today.
“The cloud though hopefully will become a little thinner for this afternoon.
“Some drier air for the continent mixing in across the south east of England and East Anglia, allowing a little bit more in the way of sunshine to be seen here.”
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She continued: “Hopefully there will be some sunshine for northern England too, but it will be Northern Ireland and Scotland that wins out for the most extensive of the blue skies and the top temperatures.
“Off to a flying start, but then in the afternoon the south westerly wind direction as well that just favours a little bit of warming.
“We could even get up to 16 degrees here.
“Still some rain for the north west of Scotland however, even as we head through the evening and overnight thanks to a weather front.”