Fabulous weather in Bristol looks set to continue for the rest of the week
BRISTOL looks set to be bathed in wall-to-wall sunshine this coming week, sending temperatures soaring towards the 20°C mark.
Forecasts for the next four days are for bright, sunny skies with barely a cloud in sight and cool, clear moonlit nights.
Daytime temperatures today and tomorrow should reach 18°C, peaking at 19°C on Wednesday and Thursday, while overnight thermometers will hover around the 7°C mark.
Parks across Bristol were full of people enjoying the sunshine over the weekend. On Saturday temperatures reached 20.8°C in Filton, and yesterday it was at least 18°C.
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The balmy weather has had people hunting for sunglasses that were packed away over winter, dusting off their summer clothes and breaking out the sun cream.
But sun-lovers should make the most of the unseasonably warm weather while they can – next week it is likely to be much cooler and cloudier, and the first few weeks of April are likely to be much more unsettled and chilly than we have seen recently.
Rebekah Sherwin, a forecaster at the Met Office, said the weather for the next few days would be similar to what Bristol enjoyed over the weekend.
She said: "It will be sunny by day and clear at night. There may be some mist around at times and fog patches in some places, but in general there will be hazy sunshine and it will be quite warm.
"The temperatures will be staying at roughly the same level, getting towards 20°C on Wednesday and Thursday.
"But by next weekend it will start gradually cooling down, and by next week temperatures will be something closer to normal, with more cloud."
The lengthy dry spell and warm weather is reasonably unusual for this time of year, as the average temperature for late March is 11°C.
Bristol Water has no plans for a hosepipe ban and says it is not facing a drought, but is urging customers to be sensible about water use and help save resources.
Reservoirs in the surrounding area are on average 80 per cent full – which is five per cent lower than at this time last year, and 15 per cent below the company's guidelines. Bristol Water is concerned that the reservoirs have effectively stopped refilling. It is monitoring the situation and has restarted water transfer from the River Severn to conserve reservoir stocks.