Met Office’s Easter predictions as mercury set to soar in hours

UK weather: Further wet conditions forecast by Met Office

Britons are set to bask in mild weather during the Easter weekend, after a long stint of rain and bitter winds. Looking ahead to next week, the Met Office has assured residents looking forward to the bank holiday that widespread sunny spells are expected.

Weather maps have revealed, however, that before the sunny weather can commence on Good Friday, many areas across the UK will be pelted with heavy rain.

London and the south east and eastern areas would expect rain and gloomy weather as the week kicks off.

Friday will be glorious and sunny for most, as will Saturday, with the exception of a few scattered showers.

Temperatures in the London areas could reach up to 11C on Saturday, while more northern areas will be chillier at 7C to 8C.

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The following week, temperatures could reach a balmy 14C in London areas and 12 to 13C in the rest of the southeast.

Northern areas linger around the double digits and are expected to feel a colder 9 to 10C on Monday, April 10.

The Met Office predicted for the week of April 7 to April 16 that warmer temperatures are to be expected, however, overnight the mercury will drop rapidly, opening the possibility to frost.

The weather service wrote: “Confidence is relatively low throughout this period, however many areas are expected to see mostly fine and dry weather, with sunny spells becoming increasingly common with time.

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“Any cloud will bring a chance of spells of rain or drizzle to eastern areas on Friday, but then any rain is most likely across the west and southwest over the following week. Winds are expected to be relatively light.

“By mid-April, there is a chance of a period of more unsettled conditions bringing spells of wetter and windier weather more widely.

“Temperatures are likely to be near normal or slightly above, although these may drop quickly under any clear skies after dark, leaving scope for some overnight frosts.”

This comes as England recorded its wettest March since 1981, with Wales and Northern Ireland also seeing one of their wettest Marches on record, according to early provisional Met Office statistics.

March was also colder than average in central and northern Scotland, where Arctic air masses were very frequent, Netweather revealed.

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