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Saturday, 24 April 2021

Britain in bloom! Spring puts on a show across the country on Blossom Day as Britons enjoy their new freedoms by flocking to beauty spots with temperatures set to hit 68F today

  • The Met Office said chilly conditions on Saturday morning are set to make way for a warm afternoon
  • For most, mercury hover around the mid-teens but will hit 68F in Manchester and Caernarfon, Wales
  • Another cold night will be followed by more widespread sunshine on Sunday, but it will be slightly cooler
  • Yesterday, Britons packed out beer gardens and streets in parts of the country to enjoy 66F sunshineNature lovers are today being urged to share their photos of blossom as the nation enjoys a taste of summer with temperatures of 68F and widespread sunshine.   

    The Met Office said chilly conditions on Saturday morning were set to make way for a warm afternoon, with the highs - 20 degrees Celsius - coming in Porthmadog in north Wales in the afternoon - down slightly from a high of 20.8C recorded on Friday in the same location.

    Launched by the National Trust, today marks what the first Blossom Watch Day, where Britons have been urged to celebrate the 'joy of blossom' by sharing their images on social media. 

    In response, Britons in places including Liverpool, Bristol, Leeds and Scunthorpe took to Twitter to share their stunning images. 

    The National Trust is set to use the locations shared by users to create an interactive map of blossom across the country. 

    Most of the nation will today see the mercury hover around the mid-teens, but some breezy conditions are forecast to keep temperatures in the single digits in the east and northeast.

    Liverpool and Shropshire are forecast to see temperatures of 17C, while the mercury will hover around 14C along the east coast, before dropping overnight. 

    Another cold night will be followed by more widespread sunshine on Sunday, however the Met Office said most areas of the UK are not expected to be as warm as Friday and Saturday.

    The good weather news follows scenes of thirsty Britons piling into beer gardens and packing streets in parts of the country yesterday to enjoy glorious 66F (19C) sunshine. 

    Pubs were allowed to re-open for outdoor dining and drinking after Covid restrictions were eased on April 12 - and Britons certainly made the most of their newfound freedom.   

    Nature lovers are today being urged to share their photos of blossom as the nation enjoys a taste of summer with temperatures of 68F and widespread sunshine. Pictured: Blossom scenes in Alnwick, Northumberland, on Wednesday

    Nature lovers are today being urged to share their photos of blossom as the nation enjoys a taste of summer with temperatures of 68F and widespread sunshine. Pictured: Blossom scenes in Alnwick, Northumberland, on Wednesday

    The Met Office said chilly conditions on Saturday morning are set to make way for a warm afternoon, with the highs - 18 degrees Celsius - expected in Manchester and Caernarfon, Wales. Pictured: The head gardener at Minterne House, Dorchester, tends to a blossom-covered tree

    The Met Office said chilly conditions on Saturday morning are set to make way for a warm afternoon, with the highs - 18 degrees Celsius - expected in Manchester and Caernarfon, Wales. Pictured: The head gardener at Minterne House, Dorchester, tends to a blossom-covered tree 

    Launched by the National Trust, today marks what the first Blossom Watch Day, where Britons have been urged to celebrate the 'joy of blossom' by sharing their images on social media. Pictured: Friends take photos beneath a tree covered with blossom in Greenwich Park, South London, on Friday

    Launched by the National Trust, today marks what the first Blossom Watch Day, where Britons have been urged to celebrate the 'joy of blossom' by sharing their images on social media. Pictured: Friends take photos beneath a tree covered with blossom in Greenwich Park, South London, on Friday 

    Jenna Fox-Wheddon enjoys the blossom as trees bloom in the gardens of the Sissinghurst Castle in Cranbrook, Kent, on Friday

    Jenna Fox-Wheddon enjoys the blossom as trees bloom in the gardens of the Sissinghurst Castle in Cranbrook, Kent, on Friday

    A National Trust spokeswoman said of its #BlossomWatch campaign: 'As restrictions ease and loved ones can finally start to meet outside, the conservation charity is urging people to use the easing of restrictions to share in one of nature's most magnificent natural spectacles. 

    'The recent topsy-turvy weather - with plunging temperatures of up to minus five at night and some areas experiencing snowfall - has given this year's blossom an uncertain start but it is expected to reach its peak in the coming days and weeks.'

    The campaign, which launched in March, has already received more than 5.5 million views, with 32,000 posts on social media including celebrities Lauren Laverne, Julia Bradbury and Matt Baker.

    Some 45 MPs have pledged to plant a tree in their constituency this coming autumn to more blossom to urban areas.

    Annie Reilly, blossom programme manager at the National Trust, said: 'Our blossom campaign has got off to a flying start with more than five and a half million views on social media. 

    'As the next step in emulating Japan's Hanami - we want to encourage more people to fully immerse themselves in the joy of blossom as it reaches its peak.

    Nature lovers are today being urged to share their photos of blossom as the nation enjoys a taste of summer with temperatures of 68F and widespread sunshine. Pictured: This image was taken in Bootle, near Liverpool and posted on Twitter by user @powerandrea

    Nature lovers are today being urged to share their photos of blossom as the nation enjoys a taste of summer with temperatures of 68F and widespread sunshine. Pictured: This image was taken in Bootle, near Liverpool and posted on Twitter by user @powerandrea

    Launched by the National Trust, today marks what the first Blossom Watch Day, where Britons have been urged to celebrate the 'joy of blossom' by sharing their images on social media. Pictured: The blossom in Bristol

    Launched by the National Trust, today marks what the first Blossom Watch Day, where Britons have been urged to celebrate the 'joy of blossom' by sharing their images on social media. Pictured: The blossom in Bristol

    Britons took to Twitter to share their images of tree blossom today after a campaign launched by the National Trust. Pictured: Blossom in Bootle, Liverpool

    Britons took to Twitter to share their images of tree blossom today after a campaign launched by the National Trust. Pictured: Blossom in Bootle, Liverpool

    The National Trust is urging Britons to share photos on what they dubbed #BlossomWatch day on Saturday. Pictured: One image shared by Twitter user Andy Urry

    The National Trust is urging Britons to share photos on what they dubbed #BlossomWatch day on Saturday. Pictured: One image shared by Twitter user Andy Urry

    The National Trust is set to use the locations shared by users to create an interactive map of blossom across the country. Pictured: Blossom in Leeds

    The National Trust is set to use the locations shared by users to create an interactive map of blossom across the country. Pictured: Blossom in Leeds 

    A woman sits on a bench in an avenue of blossom trees in bloom in Greenwich Park, South London, on Friday

    A woman sits on a bench in an avenue of blossom trees in bloom in Greenwich Park, South London, on Friday

    The campaign, which launched in March, has already received more than 5.5 million views, with 32,000 posts on social media including celebrities Lauren Laverne, Julia Bradbury and Matt Baker. Pictured: Blossom in Bootle, Liverpool

    The campaign, which launched in March, has already received more than 5.5 million views, with 32,000 posts on social media including celebrities Lauren Laverne, Julia Bradbury and Matt Baker. Pictured: Blossom in Bootle, Liverpool

    The National Trust said they want to make Blossom Watch Day a national event every year. Pictured: A blossom photo which was posted on social media

    The National Trust said they want to make Blossom Watch Day a national event every year. Pictured: A blossom photo which was posted on social media

    This image, of blossom on a coastal path in Devon was shared by Twitter user @Traceysphotos

    This image, of blossom on a coastal path in Devon was shared by Twitter user @Traceysphotos

    'There has been a lot of research into the connection between enjoying moments in nature and feelings of wellbeing, and with social distancing measures having eased slightly, meeting a handful of family or friends under a blossom tree could be the ideal way to lift spirits and re-connect with people.

    'We want to embed this tradition for the future and if ever there was a year to appreciate the joy and comfort of nature, surely 2021 is it.

    'What we're proposing is a simple activity for all ages to enjoy - grandparents and grandchildren can finally meet up outdoors and make some new memories together to celebrate not only this time in nature's calendar, but also the easing of lockdown restrictions.' 

    Brits lapped up the good weather on their second weekend of increased freedom from lockdown restrictions, with people expected to fill the outdoor areas of bars and restaurants on Saturday night.

    As well as the photos uploaded to social media, the trees in Greenwich Park were pictured covered in blossom on Saturday, as Londoners walked beneath them

    As well as the photos uploaded to social media, the trees in Greenwich Park were pictured covered in blossom on Saturday, as Londoners walked beneath them

    Visitors in Richmond Park, in West London, were also treated to delightful blossom and flowers as they enjoyed a day out

    Visitors in Richmond Park, in West London, were also treated to delightful blossom and flowers as they enjoyed a day out

    This woman in Greenwich Park was pictured smiling as she hold a blossom-covered branch between her fingers

    This woman in Greenwich Park was pictured smiling as she hold a blossom-covered branch between her fingers

    The Spring blossom has not gone unnoticed by the National Trust, who are urging Britons to share their images so they can create an interactive map. Pictured: The blossom in Richmond Park

    The Spring blossom has not gone unnoticed by the National Trust, who are urging Britons to share their images so they can create an interactive map. Pictured: The blossom in Richmond Park

    ) A visitor to Greenwich Park inspects the Cherry blossom on a beautiful and warm spring day on Saturday

    ) A visitor to Greenwich Park inspects the Cherry blossom on a beautiful and warm spring day on Saturday

    In Richmond Park, this woman was flanked by a wall of blossom as she walked. Brits have been lapping up the good weather on their second weekend of increased freedom from lockdown restrictions

    In Richmond Park, this woman was flanked by a wall of blossom as she walked. Brits have been lapping up the good weather on their second weekend of increased freedom from lockdown restrictions

    The mini-heatwave will continue into Sunday, although it will be the Western Highlands of Scotland that could see the warmest temperatures as the mercury hits 64.4 (18C).

    London is expected to be a cooler 57.2F (14C), with temperatures dropping further to 53.6 (12C) on the east coast.

    Met Office forecaster Martin Bowles said: 'There will be lots of sunshine on Sunday, although slightly more cloudy in the east.

    'It will be a bright and dry day, while the west of the country will remain wall-to-wall sunshine.

    Some Britons headed to the beach in Bournemouth, Dorset, to take advantage of the good weather on Saturday

    Some Britons headed to the beach in Bournemouth, Dorset, to take advantage of the good weather on Saturday

    The promenade next to the beach was thronged with locals on Saturday afternoon as they took the chance to enjoy the weather

    The promenade next to the beach was thronged with locals on Saturday afternoon as they took the chance to enjoy the weather

    This man got his surf board out and headed into the sea in Bournemouth. Despite the warmer weather, he still opted for a wet suit

    This man got his surf board out and headed into the sea in Bournemouth. Despite the warmer weather, he still opted for a wet suit

    Members of the yacht club in Whitstable were pictured taking their boats out on Saturday as they too made the most of the sun

    Members of the yacht club in Whitstable were pictured taking their boats out on Saturday as they too made the most of the sun

    Visitors to Greenwich Park enjoy a beautiful warm spring day and enjoy the sunshine. Pictured: Greenwich Naval College

    Visitors to Greenwich Park enjoy a beautiful warm spring day and enjoy the sunshine. Pictured: Greenwich Naval College

    This pair enjoyed the good weather in Hullard Park, Manchester and sat in front of a trees which were covered in blossom

    This pair enjoyed the good weather in Hullard Park, Manchester and sat in front of a trees which were covered in blossom

    In Falkirk, Scotland, things were a little more overcast. A woman, who appeared to be a professional dog walker, had nine canines on leads

    In Falkirk, Scotland, things were a little more overcast. A woman, who appeared to be a professional dog walker, had nine canines on leads

    'Over the next few days temperatures are going to be dropping a bit because they are above average for this time of year.'

    The mercury is forecast to hit highs of 60.8F (16C) on Monday, dropping to 59F (15C) on Tuesday and 55.4F (13C) on Wednesday.

    Mr Bowles said the bank holiday weekend will see more 'normal' temperatures for this time of year, around 59F in the south and 53.6Fin the north.

    Those temperatures are the average daily maximum expected for late April, he added.

    Saturday's forecast should maintain the trend of what has been one of the driest Aprils on record with the UK seeing less than a fifth of the average rainfall for the month so far. 

    In London, Britons were today pictured flocking to Borough Market, near London Bridge as the sun beamed down on them

    In London, Britons were today pictured flocking to Borough Market, near London Bridge as the sun beamed down on them

    Londoners were taking the chance to enjoy the warm weather as the coronavirus situation continues to improve

    Londoners were taking the chance to enjoy the warm weather as the coronavirus situation continues to improve

    Londoners in Borough Market enjoyed an outdoor breakfast and were likely buoyed by the minuscule chance of rain

    Londoners in Borough Market enjoyed an outdoor breakfast and were likely buoyed by the minuscule chance of rain 

    People enjoying the sunshine in London's Borough Market this morning. Things are slowly getting back to normal as the coronavirus crisis continues to subside

    People enjoying the sunshine in London's Borough Market this morning. Things are slowly getting back to normal as the coronavirus crisis continues to subside

    Borough Market was busy on Saturday as people ventured out amid the ongoing success of the coronavirus vaccine rollout

    Borough Market was busy on Saturday as people ventured out amid the ongoing success of the coronavirus vaccine rollout

    This was the scene in Minnis Bay, Kent, on Saturday afternoon. One little girl was pictured walking on the wet sand

    This was the scene in Minnis Bay, Kent, on Saturday afternoon. One little girl was pictured walking on the wet sand

    Pictured: Today is the perfect day to head to beauty spots and enjoy the sunshine. Pictured: A row of beach huts on the sea front of Minnis Bay

    Pictured: Today is the perfect day to head to beauty spots and enjoy the sunshine. Pictured: A row of beach huts on the sea front of Minnis Bay

    Saturday's forecast should maintain the trend of what has been one of the driest Aprils on record with the UK seeing less than a fifth of the average rainfall for the month so far. Pictured: Walkers in Dunsden, Oxfordshire, this morning

    Saturday's forecast should maintain the trend of what has been one of the driest Aprils on record with the UK seeing less than a fifth of the average rainfall for the month so far. Pictured: Walkers in Dunsden, Oxfordshire, this morning

    There has been an average of 0.5inches (12.8mm) of rain across the UK up to April 22, much lower than the April average of 2.85inches (72.53mm), according to Met Office figures. Pictured: Cyslists in Dunsden, Oxfordshire, this morning

    There has been an average of 0.5inches (12.8mm) of rain across the UK up to April 22, much lower than the April average of 2.85inches (72.53mm), according to Met Office figures. Pictured: Cyslists in Dunsden, Oxfordshire, this morning

    A typical April in the UK would have had 70 per cent of its rainfall by now, but it instead has just had 18 per cent. PIctured: A walker in Dunsden, Oxfordshire, this morning

    A typical April in the UK would have had 70 per cent of its rainfall by now, but it instead has just had 18 per cent. PIctured: A walker in Dunsden, Oxfordshire, this morning

    The driest April on record across the UK was in 1938 when 14.1mm of rain was recorded, followed by April 1974 when 14.6mm of rain fell. Pictured: Joggers in Dunsden, Oxfordshire, this morning

    The driest April on record across the UK was in 1938 when 14.1mm of rain was recorded, followed by April 1974 when 14.6mm of rain fell. Pictured: Joggers in Dunsden, Oxfordshire, this morning

    Whitstable Castle, in Kent, is seen above on Saturday as glorious weather reigned across most of the UK and the National Trust urged people to share their pictures of blossom

    Whitstable Castle, in Kent, is seen above on Saturday as glorious weather reigned across most of the UK and the National Trust urged people to share their pictures of blossom

    Most of the nation will today see the mercury hover around the mid-teens, but some breezy conditions are forecast to keep temperatures in the single digits in the east and northeast

    Most of the nation will today see the mercury hover around the mid-teens, but some breezy conditions are forecast to keep temperatures in the single digits in the east and northeast

    There has been an average of 0.5inches (12.8mm) of rain across the UK up to April 22, much lower than the April average of 2.85inches (72.53mm), according to Met Office figures.

    A typical April in the UK would have had 70 per cent of its rainfall by now, but it instead has just had 18 per cent.

    The driest April on record across the UK was in 1938 when 14.1mm of rain was recorded, followed by April 1974 when 14.6mm of rain fell.

    The warm weather has prompted bookmaker Coral slash he odds to 2-1 on next month being the hottest May ever.

    They also made it 11-8 that the UK will record its highest ever temperature at some point this year.

    Despite the run of dry weather, the Environment Agency said the nation's water reserves are in a good position.

    An Environment Agency spokesperson said: 'Despite the recent dry weather causing some reductions to river flows in north west and south west England, most water companies have appropriate water reserves for this time of year.'

    Despite the run of dry weather, the Environment Agency said the nation's water reserves are in a good position. Pictured: Sunny scenes in Shepherd's Bush, West London, this morning

    Despite the run of dry weather, the Environment Agency said the nation's water reserves are in a good position. Pictured: Sunny scenes in Shepherd's Bush, West London, this morning

    Britons are set to flock to parks and beauty spots and pack out beer gardens once again today as temperatures are expected to hit 68F, with no rain expected. Pictured: A cyclist enjoys the sunshine on Saturday morning in Dunsden, Oxfordshire

    Britons are set to flock to parks and beauty spots and pack out beer gardens once again today as temperatures are expected to hit 68F, with no rain expected. Pictured: A cyclist enjoys the sunshine on Saturday morning in Dunsden, Oxfordshire

    The Met Office said chilly conditions on Saturday morning are set to make way for a warm afternoon, with the highs - 18 degrees Celsius - expected in Manchester and Caernarfon, Wales. Pictured: Cyclists in Dunsden, Oxfordshire, this morning

    The Met Office said chilly conditions on Saturday morning are set to make way for a warm afternoon, with the highs - 18 degrees Celsius - expected in Manchester and Caernarfon, Wales. Pictured: Cyclists in Dunsden, Oxfordshire, this morning

    Met Office forecaster Aidan McGivern said of Saturday's weather: 'For most it's a dry and sunny start but for eastern parts of Scotland, some higher parts of Scotland as well, some Eastern areas of northern England, perhaps a few spots in the East of England it looks like there's be some low cloud and mist to begin things. 

    'That will soon lift, retreat to coasts and then it's a day of long spells of sunshine once again.

    'There will be thicker cloud through the day for the Northern Isles and perhaps a few light showers for Shetland, but that's the main exception. For the vast majority it is dry and sunny.

    'A bit of a breeze coming in from the east, that will make it feel much cooler in the east compared to the west and in the sunshine in the west, it will feel warm.'

    He said there would be high UV levels, regardless of whether or not there is a cool wind. The forecaster added that clear skies would remain on Saturday night for most but there would be some cloud in north-east Scotland, the Pennines and perhaps parts of east Wales and the Midlands.   

    He added: 'Where we've got the cloud of course it will stay frost-free and temperatures on the whole on Sunday are looking a little bit less cold compared to Saturday morning.'He said Sunday morning would be 'dry and bright' for many although there will be cloudier skies for people on North Sea coasts.

    On Monday, rain showers are set to hit Scotland, with the wettest weather coming in the east. 

    He added: 'So rainfall next week continues to be very hit and miss. There will be some, but not a huge amount.' 

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