UK weather: Met Office delivers verdict on hopes for Easter weekend heatwave


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Met Office forecasters have predicted a North West/South East split in the weather for the Easter weekend in Britain and it’s good news some and not so good for others

The weather is set to turn milder as we hit Easter weekend (file photo)

The Met Office has delivered its verdict on whether we’ll be lucky enough to have an Easter heatwave.

Forecasters say it’s looking likely there will be a North West/South East split upcoming.

The North West will be more unsettled with wind and rain more likely, but higher pressure in the South East will bring drier conditions.

“In either case, it will be milder conditions than we have at the moment,” Richard Miles, Met Office forecaster told the Mirror.

Asked if there was any chance of a heatwave, he added: “It’s not what it looks like.”

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Temperatures are generally set to get warmer – People make their way into the sea on Boscombe beach in Dorset last Sunday
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“There’s nothing particularly extreme in the mid range forecast but it’s eight days off. Things can change.

“But we don’t have a signal for a heatwave – or an icy blast.”

Mr Miles said it’s hard to be precise at the moment, but it should be milder and not as cold by Easter weekend.

The Met Office site says that from mid-April, more settled conditions are expected “with longer spells of dry and fine weather”.

It added: “However, changeable intervals are possible. Above average temperatures should persist, however overnight frosts may occur.”

The outlook from April 12- 21 also says: “The start of the period is likely to be cloudy, with outbreaks of rain or drizzle for many areas, as well as some brighter spells in central and eastern parts.

“Potential for strong winds and heavy rain at times, particularly in western areas. Temperatures generally warm.

“Moving further into April, unsettled conditions are expected to continue, particularly in the south and west. Spells of rain and strong winds are expected for most areas, with occasional dry interludes. Temperatures expected to be above average.

“The heaviest rain and strongest winds likely over western hills, where some snow is possible.”

After some balmy 20C highs to welcome in spring it has been bitterly cold so far in April and the freeze is expected to carry on into this weekend.

On Saturday many southern and western areas will be dry with sunny spells.

Scattered showers will break out, mainly in the north and east. It will still be rather cold, but feeling less so in the south.

There will be a cold start to Sunday but it will be mostly dry with plenty of sunshine.

Cloud and rain will move in from the west overnight and through Monday.

Many were hoping for another hot Easter following last year’s sweltering conditions.

But a repeat of last year’s sizzling celebrations now looks very unlikely.

On Friday the weather finally brightened up for the second day of the three-day festival after the famous racecourse was dubbed ‘Raintree’ on Thursday.

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