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Sunny spells and dry weather for London Marathon runners this weekend

Kadie Lane, 4 enjoys the sunshine in Shiremoor, North Tyneside Photo: Owen Humphreys/PA Wire

What a week it has been, last Sunday we had a top temperature of a summer-like 22 degrees Celsius, since then the temperatures have dropped, but still above average.

We also saw the start of a blustery week of weather, Thursday gusts of winds peaked just over 100mph over the tops of the Pennines, then torrential thunder storms dropped huge hail from the sky.

Will the winds stop and the weather settle down?

Yes, but not for long, through Friday, high pressure will build from the southwest, and will put a ‘lid’ on the showers meaning they will become lighter, fewer then clear all together.

We will have sunshine, and the strong and gusty winds will finally ease with light winds for many (for now).

This combination will** bring chilly nights with a widespread grass frost.

Laura Tobin's garden after Thursday's huge hailstorm Credit: Daybreak

What is the weekend forecast?

Pressure chart for this weekend Credit: Daybreak

Saturday:

A chilly start with any patchy mist or shallow fog soon clearing, then a lovely day for most of us.

Dry with spring sunshine and light winds meaning it will feel warm.

Unfortunately, northwest Scotland will not fair as well with a weather front bringing thickening cloud, outbreaks of rain and freshening southwesterly winds.

Sunday:

Scotland and Northern Ireland a cloudy start with patchy rain, clearing to sunny spells and scattered showers, some heavy with hail and thunder.

Cooler air will move in with showers falling as snow over 300m and those winds return.

England and Wales another chilly start with hazy sunshine, make the most of it.

Patchy rain will move into northern England and Wales by lunchtime, spreading to all by the evening.

Marathon forecast:

It is the London Marathon this weekend… Can the weather really help you achieve success?

The average temperature for the marathon is 15.6C, the joint warmest weather was 22.2C in 1996, and it was also the second sunniest.

Even with the warmth 99% of runners finished, one of the highest ever!

More facts here.

The forecast, from the little I know about running is good.

A chilly start first thing with a temperature around 5C, then rising to 14C by 3pm.

It will be dry with sunny spells and light winds, latest Met Office forecast is here.

Next week:

High pressure sits to our south, trying to keep our weather fronts at bay.

The week starts fairly cloudy, largely dry with average temperatures, then it looks like the ‘unsettled’ weather returns.