Britain to be warmer than Monaco on Easter Sunday! Highs of 18C to bring the hottest day of the year – but heavy downpours to hit on Monday, with an entire month’s rain falling in two days
- Many areas experience sunny spells and record temperatures today and Sunday
- Far east and far west will see cloudier skies and light rain, Met Office predicts
Britain will be warmer than Monaco on Easter Sunday with highs of 18C to bring the hottest day of the year, the Met Office predicted.
But the fine weather isn’t predicted to last, with forecasters predicted heavy downpours sweeping in on Monday, with an entire month’s rain expected to fall in just two days.
While many areas are expected to enjoy sunny spells throughout the Easter weekend, the far east and far west will likely see some cloudier skies and even some light rain. In the South and Midlands, the Met Office has warned of ‘very high’ pollen levels.
Tomorrow could be Britain’s hottest day of the year so far, with temperatures reaching 18C (64F) in South East England, the Met Office predicts. This would be warmer than Nice, Rome and Athens.
Britain will be warmer than Monaco on Easter Sunday with highs of 18C to bring the hottest day of the year, the Met Office predicted (pictured: busy Brighton beach on April 7)
However, on Monday heavy downpours will hit, with an entire month’s rain expected to fall in just two days (pictured: people caught in heavy rain showers on April 6 in London)
In the west, the Met Office predicts breezy weather, with it being ‘rather warm inland’, as sunnier skies will see temperatures rise as high as 16°C or 17°C during the day, just like on Good Friday.
David Oliver, a Met Office Deputy Chief forecaster, said: ‘Similar conditions are likely for much of the UK on Easter Saturday, but 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.
‘This will spread rain across all areas during the latter part of Easter Sunday and through Easter Monday, although there is some uncertainty regarding its exact timing.
‘Once the rain clears blustery showers are likely to follow in its wake across many areas.
For Sunday, mostly dry weather with some sunshine is predicted, with rain arriving in the west later heralding the change to more unsettled conditions into next week.
But successive low pressure weather systems are then likely to move across the country from the breezy west, bringing rainfall totalling up to 70mm (2.75ins) in western areas of England and Wales on Easter Monday and Tuesday.
The heavy rain is due to be accompanied by gales of at least 60mph on southern and western coasts.
Met Office spokesman Alex Burkill said: ‘We are still looking at potentially having temperatures of 17-18C (63-64F) on Easter Sunday although it will turn increasingly cloudy.
Pictured: Crowds of beachgoers flocked to the beach to enjoy the glorious Easter Bank Holiday sunshine at the seaside resort of Lyme Regis. The Met Office has said that this afternoon, Britons will be blessed by sunnier skies, but light winds.
A Met Office spokesperson said: ”The heavy rain is unlikely to arrive until sunset in the far west and will move east overnight, with the heaviest amounts falling in the early hours of the morning’ (pictured: people caught in torrential rain in London in March)
‘The heavy rain is unlikely to arrive until sunset in the far west and will move east overnight, with the heaviest amounts falling in the early hours of the morning.
‘By 9am on Easter Monday, the rain is likely to be just across eastern England, before it clears out of the way.
‘It is due to be replaced by scattered, heavy showers through the rest of Monday.’
He said Tuesday could bring another 20-40mm of rain, accompanied by gales. He added: ‘We’re looking at gusts of 60mph and probably stronger along southern and western coasts.’
For the rest of the week, unsettled weather is likely to continue, Mr Burkill said, with a likelihood of further showers or longer spells of rain.
Good Friday kicked the Easter bank holiday weekend off to a good start, as Britons have been lucky enough to bask in fine and settled weather.
After intermittent showery spells on Thursday afternoon, the weekend started off with a glorious bout of sunshine. Britons made the most of it blissful conditions, flocking to beaches and parks across the UK.
Temperatures on Friday topped a warm 15C to 16C in parts of the UK. The sunny skies were accompanied by light winds.
Pictured: A man relaxes outside a seafront beach hut enjoying the warm spring sunshine and clear blue skies at the seaside resort of Lyme Regis in Dorset. By 2pm today, areas in the west and north west such as Plymouth, Southampton and Wales will see highs of 14C
Blue skies over the Royal Crescent in Bath yesterday. Similar weather is expected for tomorrow too
Pictured: Londoners making the most out of the weather today, as people packed Cabot Square in Canary Wharf
By 2pm, areas in the west and north west such as Plymouth, Southampton and Wales would see highs of 14C, the forecaster predicted.
While in London and the surrounding areas, temperatures were expected to be a warm 16C – much higher than they were Friday morning, at 10C.
Birmingham and Manchester saw highs of 12C by just after lunch yesterday, as Hull and Norwich had similar temperatures.
And in the north, Glasgow and Aberdeen was cooler, with highs of 12C and 11C respectively.
Meanwhile, similar weather is expected for today, with highs of 15C in the capital, and the same in Manchester.
A rolling Thunder ride in memory of Queen Elizabeth was done at the Long Walk in Windsor today and saw over thousand bikers attend
A reef was also laid by Windsor Castle, as thousands of bikers and spectators attended the ride and made the most out of the Good Friday weather
Huge queues formed outside Longsands fish and chip shop this afternoon in Tynemouth, North Tyneside as customers follow the tradition of eating fish on Good Friday
The Met Office has said that Good Friday will be free of rain with spells of sunshine, especially in the west
While Wales will see temperatures top 14C, as south west in Cornwall and Plymouth, temperatures will reach 13C.
In Scotland, temperatures today are set to be balmy in Glasgow with highs of 15C, while Aberdeen will stay relatively cool – only reaching 8C.
Meanwhile, Easter Sunday could be the warmest day of the year so far, with highs of up to 18C expected in parts of the UK.
By the early afternoon, temperatures across the UK are set to be fairly equal with plenty of sunshine.
That would set a new warmest day for 2023.
It would exceed the current highest temperature of 17.8C on March 30 this year, in the village of Santon Downham, Suffolk.
And as Brits hit the beaches over the next few days, they have been urged to to stay out of the sea this Easter amid warnings of ‘cold water shock’ deaths from the chilliest water temperatures of the year.
The 18C hottest days of the year has triggered fears of drownings by Brits caught out by bitter seas.
Hundreds of thousands heading to coasts were told sea temperatures are just 7C in the North and 10C in the South, compared to summer’s 20C.
Pictured: People out punting on the River Cam Cambridge on a warm Good Friday as they enjoy the next few days of sunshine
Pictured: People punting in Cambridge. Easter Sunday could be the warmest day of the year so far, with highs of up to 18C expected in parts of the UK – exceeding the current highest temperature of 17.8C on March 30
Pictured: People enjoying the sun in Manchester CIty Centre, ready for a hot Easter weekend. Brits are set to pack out parks, pubs and beaches this Bank Holiday weekend, as temperatures are set to hit highs of 15C in the capital and the north too
The sunny spells kicked off today with temperatures as high as 15C to 16C. The Met Office has said that throughout the rest of the day, Britons will be blessed by sunnier skies. And this will set the tone for the rest of the Bank Holiday weekend
The RNLI warns of deaths in cold water, saying: ‘The sudden cooling of the skin by cold water causes an involuntary gasp for breath. It only takes half a pint of sea water to enter the lungs for a fully-grown man to start drowning. You could die.
‘Anything below 15C is cold water and can seriously affect your breathing and movement, so the risk is significant.’
And the Met Office also issued a warning, as a forecaster said: ‘Are you heading to the coast? Be aware, sea surface temperatures at this time of year are low. RespectTheWater.’
Reportedly, 70 million pints are being downed in pubs in a four-day Easter knees-up helping to bail out crisis-hit boozers, as industry chiefs say the easter rush is helping pubs.
Almost 20 million extra pints are being knocked back due to the double Bank Holiday weekend, the British Beer and Pub Association said.
Landlords are enjoying their biggest weekend of the year so far after revellers hit towns for ‘Mad Maundy Thursday.’
The BBPA said: ‘If the weather stays nice, we estimate 18million more pints will be sold than if it wasn’t a Bank Holiday weekend.’
Emma McClarkin chief executive of the BBPA, said: ‘People are coming together with family and friends and enjoying food and drink at pubs. Pubs up and down the country are facing enormous challenges, with energy bills and the cost-of-living crisis biting hard.
‘But they are still ready to provide brilliant hospitality and freshly-poured pints.’
Forecasters have also urged Brits to make the most out of the next few days.
The Met Office has confirmed that the bright and sunny spells that many Brits will experience over the weekend won’t last.
The forecaster has warned that there is a chance that by the end of Easter Sunday, rain will arrive ‘in the west later heralding the change to more unsettled conditions into next week.’
This is because a weather system in the Atlantic is set to introduce more ‘unsettled’ weather conditions on Easter Monday.
In fact, the forecaster has predicted that weather will start to turn later on Easter Sunday.
And rain will become more widespread throughout the Bank Holiday Monday.
Dan Suri is a Met Office Chief Forecaster said: ‘Ahead of the Bank Holiday weekend, unsettled conditions will see bands of rain – with some heavy bursts in places – moving eastwards through the rest of Wednesday and early Thursday.
‘As this clears a mixture of sunshine and showers will prevail for much of Thursday before a more settled pattern establishes for Good Friday and Easter Saturday as high pressure begins to build.’
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