Met Office issues statement about chances of April heatwave

The Met Office has rejected reports of an April heatwave by promising “unsettled” weather in the forthcoming month. This follows a brief spell of warmer weather across the county.

Hopeful predictions from other weather forecasters suggested April could see the country sizzling in sky high temperatures. But meteorologists at the Met Office say the weather is far from likely to be promising.

Instead, the forecasting agency is hinting at April showers. Looking ahead from April 7, the Met Office has taken a medium-term look at what the weather will have in store for the country. Furthermore, Derbyshire is forecast to get snow before spring arrives in earnest.

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It comes amid a brief spell of warmer weather across parts of Derby and Derbyshire, which saw temperatures of up to 19 degrees in Northern and central parts of the region.

In recent days, the UK has recorded its hottest day of the year. But April looks like it will be a big change from the warm weather many people have been hoping for.

The Met Office said: “The weather is likely to turn more unsettled in early April. Showers or longer spells of rain are more likely to be seen across the UK, although short drier and more settled interludes are still possible.

“Showers may be heavy at times, with thunder and hail. Moving into mid-April, there is a trend for a return to more settled weather again, although some rain and showers are still possible in places. Temperatures are likely to be near average, with the south and southeast on the slightly warmer side.”

This week, Derbyshire is expected to see temperatures of up to 17 degrees this week in Derby, Chesterfield and Heanor, according to the Met Office’s predictions. Temperatures are then expected to dip to around nine degrees on Tuesday (March 29).

BBC Weather is also predicting similar levels of temperatures, around 18 degrees on Friday and Saturday this week, before dipping to 14 on Monday, and down to 10 on Wednesday.