UK weather: Sunny 68F weekend and 'dry and fine' November
The charts you WON’T mind being shown! Weather map predicts sunny 68F weekend and ‘dry and fine’ November… after Covid graphs plunged UK into lockdown
- Forecasters expect sunny weekend featuring warm conditions for time of year including 17C (63F) in South
- Highs of 68F (20C) possible in Wales this weekend with ‘mild temperatures’ on the way for the rest of month
- Met Office issued fog warning for South East and North East England this morning with freezing fog patches
Published: 07:48, 6 November 2020 | Updated: 16:19, 6 November 2020
It’s been a week of dire coronavirus news as England was put under its second national lockdown of the year.
But there is some positivity to be found in the weather forecast, with meteorologists expecting a sunny weekend featuring warm conditions for the time of year and ‘mild temperatures’ for the rest of the month.
A series of charts released by the Met Office reveal a positive picture for this weekend and next week thanks to the high position of the Atlantic jet stream. It comes as the Government was criticised after key projections for Covid-19 hospital admissions and deaths presented to the public at a Downing Street press conference contained errors.
Today will also be bright with autumnal sunny spells, the best of these in southern areas, before a warm forecast for this weekend of 17C (63F) highs in the South, 12C (54F) in the North and even 20C (68F) in parts of Wales.
A woman walks through the fog this morning at the War Memorial Park in Basingstoke, Hampshire
This graphic shows how average maximums will remain well above average next week. The red nodules show maximum temperatures, while blue nodules shows minimums. The red nodules can be seen going above the red line this weekend
The jet stream is well up north at the moment, extending across Greenland and Scandanavia early next week – meaning Britain is on the warm side of the jet, which is why temperatures will be mild
The pressure pattern at the surface is likely to stick, with high pressure to the east and low pressure to the west
A man rows a boat at Loch Faskally at Pitlochry in Scotland today with beautiful autumnal colours in the background
A logging truck is driven along a road seen as mist hangs over the Tummel Valley at Pitlochry in Scotland today
A beautiful day at Henley-on-Thames in Oxfordshire today as people enjoy the autumn sunshine
Tomorrow will be mostly dry with sunny spells but patches of mist and low cloud will linger for much of the day and there is a chance of showers in the north and west.
It will then be largely dull and cloudy on Sunday, and the day will feature outbreaks of rain and showers spreading northwards with sunny spells developing in the south later.
The best of the temperatures tomorrow will be in areas of North West Wales such as Porthmadog with 20C (68F) possible.
The UK November maximum temperature is 22.4C (72.3F) at Trawsgoed on November 1, 2015.
Then from November 11 to 20, the Met Office said there will be ‘mild and settled conditions’, despite the risk of mist and fog – while rain and strong winds are likely to be confined to western areas.
A fallow deer stag in Mersham le Hatch Deer Park near Ashford, Kent, is pictured this morning
The Tyne Bridge is barely visble on Newcastle Quayside this morning as thick fog engulfs the North East
The sun rises over woodland in Ashford, Kent, this morning at the start of a foggy day for many areas
The River Tyne is barely visble on Gateshead Quayside as thick fog engulfs the North East this morning
Surfers and paddleboarders enjoy the waves at Tynemouth, near North Shields, this morning
People take care on the narrow country roads on another foggy morning in the countryside at Dunsden in Oxfordshire today
Motorists on the A1058 Coast Road in Newcastle endure difficult driving conditions as thick fog engulfs the North East today
Streetlights illuminate parked cars through the fog in a road in Kew, West London, this morning
Temperatures are also ‘likely to be at or above average for this time of year’.
Forecasters added that the ‘end of November is likely to be generally settled with high pressure set to dominate’.
However, the Met Office said temperatures will be ‘probably remaining mild before possibly turning colder than average into December with risks of overnight frosts’.
It comes after the Met Office issued a fog warning for the South East and North East of England this morning with freezing fog patches around the London area amid concerns over the weather causing train delays.
A few places hung on to mist and fog patches but it cleared most areas by 10am before what is expected to be a cold but dry day bringing temperatures of just 13C (55F) in the South and 11C (52F) in the North.
The Met Office issued a warning for fog in the South East and North East (left) with highs of 13C/55F expected today (right)
Highs of 17C (63F) in the South and 12C (54F) in the North are expected this weekend, while Wales could get up to 20C (68F)
The O2 in North Greenwich, South East London, is surrounded by fog in the capital this morning
A motorist drives through dense fog along a road in Kew, West London, this morning
A mackerel sky at daybreak over the fields of Playhatch in Oxfordshire this morning on the day after Guy Fawkes Night
A cyclist makes their way through the thick fog at Dunsden in Oxfordshire this morning after a weather warning was issued
Another foggy start to the day in the countryside at Clayfield Copse in Berkshire this morning
The second national lockdown due to the coronavirus pandemic began yesterday as pubs, restaurants and non-essential shops closed their doors and people were told to stay at home for the next four weeks.
Schools, universities and nurseries are remaining open – and Boris Johnson has insisted the next month of lockdown should be enough to drive down the spread of coronavirus so the severe restrictions can be eased.
In other developments, Chancellor Rishi Sunak extended the furlough scheme for the Treasury to cover 80 per cent of wages of employees unable to work until March in a major U-turn from the Government.
And official figures showed a further 378 people died within 28 days of testing positive of Covid-19 as of yesterday, bringing the UK total to 48,120, though separate figures suggest around 63,000 deaths involving the virus.