The trees are in leaf, but it still feels quite chilly and damp.

In the southeast of England, 25mm to 30mm of rain have fallen in the last 24 hours. For some areas, this exceeds half the April average.

Your coat and gloves might soon become unnecessary, though. While Sunday’s maximum temperatures across the UK range from 9°C to 13°C, on Monday and Tuesday they could climb to 16°C or 17°C. This trend is expected to continue throughout the week, with temperatures reaching the high teens on Friday and Saturday.

From Thursday onwards, the Met Office forecasts a maximum temperature of 16°C in Cardiff and Belfast. In Edinburgh, it’s expected to be 14°C, and 18°C in London and Manchester.

According to the Met Office, April has felt unusually cold due to grey skies and rain. However, senior meteorologist Amy Bokota mentioned that it has been “on the warmer side of average.” She described April as a month of two halves, being quite warm in the first half and cooler in the latter part.

Despite this, April has been wetter than average for the UK as a whole, making it quite dull for this time of year. The UK has experienced an average of 99mm of rainfall in April, which is 27% higher than usual.

The highest temperature recorded since the beginning of April was 21.8°C in Writtle, Essex, with a low of -6.3°C in Shap, Cumbria. On Saturday night, the coldest location was Braemar in Aberdeenshire, dropping to -5.2°C, which is unusually cold for this time of year.

Ms. Bokota explained that the past couple of weeks have been cooler than average, contributing to the perception of it being a dull and colder month. The unsettled and changeable weather conditions have also impacted people’s interpretation of the weather.

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