Easter bank holiday weather: Britain set to be hotter than Santorini, Mykonos and Crete this weekend, Met Office says | The Sun

BRITS could enjoy temperatures as high as 18C on Easter Sunday as it's set to be the warmest day of the year so far.

The bank holiday weekend will see sunny weather, according to the Met Office.

The country could even be warmer than some Greek islands – including Santorini, Mykonos and Crete – where people may have headed on their Easter holidays.

The Met Office advised Brits to take care in the sun, with UV levels as strong as the "back end of summer" carrying the risk of sunburn.

The official Easter weekend forecast was released by the Met Office, with a sunny 17C on the cards today, rising to 18C tomorrow.

Brits can expect a "good deal of fine and settled weather" on the back of a wet and windy week.

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However, rain will arrive in Northern Ireland on Sunday, before sweeping across the rest of the country on Bank Holiday Monday.

Craig Snell, a Met Office forecaster, said: "Saturday is going to be another fine day for the vast majority. However, some of the eastern coast of Scotland and north-eastern England will remain disappointingly grey.

"Inland, the sun will be shining for a lot of the UK and it's going to be a relatively reasonable Saturday out there; temperature-wise in the sunshine it will feel pleasantly warm, reaching as high as 17C in some parts.

"Then on Easter Sunday for a good chunk of the UK it's going to be fairly reasonable, the only place we'll probably see a change is Northern Ireland where it'll turn increasingly breezy, cloudy and eventually damp.

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"But for the most part it will be fairly sunny and temperatures may peak at around 18C – so, pleasantly warm out there."

The timing couldn't be better, as he added: "It's a bank holiday weekend, so the weather has timed itself nicely really because it looks like it's going to turn wet and windy as we go into next week.

"People can enjoy the early spring sunshine, but even though it's not really warm the sun is still strong – it's as strong as it is towards the back end of summer now.

"Just be careful if you're out for a long time, you can easily get sunburned out there. This time of year catches a lot of people out."

That would set a new warmest day for 2023, exceeding the current highest temperature of 17.8C on March 30 in the village of Santon Downham, Suffolk.

The Met Office said: "After an unsettled spell to end the working week, the Easter Bank Holiday weekend will open with a good deal of fine and settled weather.

The sunny spell may not last, though.

David Oliver, a Met Office Deputy Chief forecaster, said: “During the second half of the Easter weekend the Atlantic will increasingly exert its influence.

“A frontal system is expected to move in from the west and displace the high pressure lying across the UK."

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This means rain will spread across all areas later in the day on Easter Sunday and through Easter Monday – although the exact timings are not certain.

Once the rain clears, rain showers are likely to follow across many regions, the Met Office Deputy Chief forecaster revealed.

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