The Met Office has forecast a hotter than average Easter Sunday as the mini bank holiday heatwave continues with highs of 19C – before Monday sees a drop off
Britain will see a hotter than usual Easter Sunday today as the mini-heatwave continues.
Forecasters have said temperatures are expected to reach highs of 19C across England and Wales today.
According to the Met Office, the daytime average in the UK for April is highs of 13C.
Today could, however, see some mist and fog the start before the day turns drier with sunshine in the eastern parts of the UK.
Northern Ireland is predicted to have rain, which may then spread to western parts of Scotland, western Wales and south-west England overnight.
Easter Monday is predicted to have a cloudy start which will then turn bright and sunny later on.
Speaking on Saturday evening, Simon Partridge, Met Office forecaster, said: “Sunday’s mostly dry across the vast majority of the country, apart from the far west, but it will turn slightly cloudy as the day goes on.
“So whereas yesterday and today we’ve had lots of sunshine, tomorrow it will be more milky sunshine, because we’ll have very high level clouds coming in.
“But it will still be bright and dry and a little bit cooler tomorrow.
“Most of the rain is overnight, from Sunday night into Bank Holiday Monday morning.
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“As it makes its way eastwards it kind of fizzles out.
“We will see some rain across predominantly Wales, north-west England and western Scotland, but by the time most people are up, it will be dry.”
He added that there will be a “fairly cloudy start”, but “it will break up to the brighter sunny spells and isolated light showers (are) possible, but the only real rain is by time we get to the evening in western Scotland” .
Saturday was another warm day as temperatures in each of the four nations reached above the seasonal average.
Chivenor in Devon, south-west England, had the highest recorded temperature in the UK with 21.6C – hotter than Istanbul in Turkey with 16C (60.8F) and Athens in Greece with 21C.
Cardiff, in south Wales, reached highs of 21.2C while Altnaharra, in northern Scotland, was 19.3C.
Armagh in Northern Ireland saw temperatures rise to 15.2C.
Beaches, parks and pub gardens have been packed out for the first Easter with no Covid restrictions in three years.
The good weather over the weekend has brought an estimated £2billion boost for the economy.
In pubs, there has been no shortage of cash changing hands – and by closing time tonight, drinkers are expected to have downed 85 million refreshing pints.
A surge of mini-breaks within Britain’s shores has played no small part in giving the economy a shot in the arm.
The most popular destinations are Whitby, on the Yorkshire coast, and Lake District favorites Ambleside and Bowness-on-Windermere.
Weymouth in Dorset and Carbis Bay in Cornwall completed the top five most-booked.
UK 5 day weather forecast
Mist and fog patches clearing then most areas dry with the best of the sunshine in the east. Cloudier with rain across Northern Ireland, spreading to other western areas later.
Outlook for Monday to Wednesday:
Rain clears east Monday, easing quickly as it does so. Warm ahead of this, with cooler air following. Sunshine and scattered showers Tues/Weds, heaviest Wednesdays with a risk of hail/thunder.