UK weather: 20C heat blast for some but others face chilly start to Easter holiday

While some of us will once again be putting away the winter woollies this week, the chill and rain will stick around for those in Scotland and the north-west of England

The current cold snap will dissipate for many this week

Temperatures are expected to climb up as high as 20C in some parts of the UK in the lead up to Easter, though others face a chilly start to the long weekend.

Forecasters have said Britain is in for some warmer weather this week as bitter winds and frost give way to a warm “tropical” blast.

The current cold snap that followed a spell of hot weather in late March will shift, enabling Brits to get out in the sun over the bank holidays.

Warm winds will flood into Britain, steered around high pressure similar to the driver of the march mini heatwave.

Met Office weather meteorologist Aidan McGivern said: “Warmer weather is on the way for the start of the week, and we could even see 20C in the southeast.

The general trend for this week was a rise in temperatures


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“The general trend is for it to turn warmer with higher pressure increasingly likely through the week and into the following week.

“There is still the chance of some rain mainly in the west.”

While some of us will once again be putting away the winter woollies, those further north in Scotland and the north-west of England are likely to see rain and some colder temperatures.

People on the beach in Bournemouth in June of last year



Mr McGivern said: “Into Monday, low pressure becomes more and more erratic, but it looks likely that northern and western parts of the UK will bear the brunt of any wetter weather.

“Low pressure is slowly progressing from the west bringing some rain in on Sunday, most likely in north-west of the UK, western Scotland, western England and north Wales.

“Cold air remains in the far north with the potential for snow if that rain mixes with cold air as it approaches from the west.”

The rain is forecast to ease from Good Friday until April 24, as it moves eastwards, The Independent reports.

Temperatures are expected to rise up to 20C in some areas in the lead up to Easter



According to the Met Office’s longer-term predictions, showers were possible in the Midlands over the Easter period.

“For the rest of the period, a northwest-southeast split is likely, with the remaining northwest more changeable with strong winds and rain at times,” the Met Office said.

“Some rain may occasionally spread into parts of the southeast at first, but it is likely to turn dry and become generally much more settled, though perhaps rather cloudy, in the south, with lighter winds through to the end of this period.

“Temperatures are expected to be above average, and warm at times for the south.”

People enjoying the warm weather at Brighton beach last summer



Jim Dale, meteorologist for British Weather Services, last week said the general trend for this week was a rise in temperatures.

“If things play out, we could be looking at 20C or 21C in the south over Easter,” he added.

Warm weather comes with a warning for hay-fever sufferers with tree pollen levels predicted to soar next week.

Airborne allergens expert Max Wiseberg said: “The start of the tree pollen season has been slow, with the poor weather so far most of this spring.

“But it looks as if the season could start in earnest with high pollen counts forecast across the South and East of England on Monday.”

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