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UK weather – Easter the hottest temperatures of the year so far with a scorching 22C

Easter weekend is expected to bring the hottest temperatures of the year so far with a scorcher of 22C, forecasters said.

Warm weather will continue throughout the week, with dry conditions expected for most of the country ahead of the bank holiday.

This lifeguard from Bournemouth was spotted giving beachgoers a head start in Bournemouth

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This lifeguard from Bournemouth was spotted giving beachgoers a head start in BournemouthCredit: PA
Warmer weather is forecast for the Easter weekend

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Warmer weather is forecast for the Easter weekendCredit: Alamy
Londoners enjoyed the spring sunshine in Green Park today

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Londoners enjoyed the spring sunshine in Green Park todayPhoto credit: Splash

Met Office meteorologist Annie Shuttleworth said that despite the heat, the north-west will also experience some persistent clouds, making the eastern areas the best destination for sun-seekers over the weekend.

She said: “When people travel for the sun, areas further east are more likely to see this brighter weather.

“I think mainly for the bank holiday weekend we will see temperatures well above average across the UK and hopefully they could be very warm in the south east in particular.

“Certainly warmer than average, but nowhere near heatwave criteria.

Easter miracle with temperatures hovering around 20C over Bank Hol long weekend
Brits will bask in the 20C sun after the Easter weekend Arctic blast

“It’s definitely going to be warmer than the week we’ve just had and last week.”

The warmest temperature of the year so far was 20.8C, meaning highs predicted for the south east over the weekend would set a new record for 2022.

She said: “We will see temperatures generally rising as the week progresses. Today (Monday) we are seeing highs of 18, then temperatures could hit 20, 21, possibly 22 from Thursday.

“In the southern and eastern areas, we tend to see some sunshine and clearer skies in the afternoon.”

Some drizzle is expected later in the week in the northwest along with the cloud, but disruption is unlikely.

Soaring temperatures are expected to be fueled this week by a ‘Saharan’ blast of hot air from the south as the Easter long weekend approaches.

Easter is set to heat up in most of the UK as a beachgoer makes the most of Blackpool's warm weather

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Easter is set to heat up in most of the UK as a beachgoer makes the most of Blackpool’s warm weatherCredit: Dave Nelson
People enjoy the spring sunshine in Green Park, central London, where temperatures are forecast to reach 21C

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People enjoy the spring sunshine in Green Park, central London, where temperatures are forecast to reach 21CPhoto credit: Rex
Temperatures are set to rise in the UK thanks to a blast of hot air in the Sahara

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Temperatures are set to rise in the UK thanks to a blast of hot air in the SaharaCredit: WX Charts
Florence Atkin, 6, enjoys the sunshine while picking tulips at Belmont Nurseries near King's Lynn in Norfolk

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Florence Atkin, 6, enjoys the sunshine while picking tulips at Belmont Nurseries near King’s Lynn in NorfolkPhoto credit: Geoff Robinson
A field of tulips at Belmont Nurseries near King's Lynn in Norfolk is full of color in the morning sun

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A field of tulips at Belmont Nurseries near King’s Lynn in Norfolk is full of color in the morning sunPhoto credit: Geoff Robinson
Families took advantage of the warm weather to visit Bournemouth beach

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Families took advantage of the warm weather to visit Bournemouth beachPhoto credit: BNPS

A maximum temperature of 18°C ​​is forecast for Malta, while for Ibiza temperatures should only rise to 16°C and Greece should stay at around 17°C.

Jim Dale, Meteorologist for the UK Weather Service, said: “The trend is for temperatures to rise.

“If things develop we could be looking at 20C or 21C in the south over Easter.”

BBC meteorologist Louise Lear said the warm temperatures “come from the Sahara”.

Brits will bask in the 20C sun after the Easter weekend Arctic blast
Exact travel time this weekend to avoid the busiest Easter holiday in 8 YEARS

She said: “It will push steadily north, except perhaps for the northern islands.

“It looks like Wednesday will be the warmest day of the week, with 19C or 20C not ruled out, and plenty of dry weather as we move towards the Easter weekend.”

Warm temperatures of between 15 and 18ºC are forecast for Good Friday across the UK.

Aidan McGivern, a Met Office meteorologist, said: “Warmer weather is on the way for the start of the week and we could even see 20C in the south-east.

“The general trend is that it is becoming increasingly likely to be warmer with higher pressure as the week progresses and into the following week.

“There’s still a chance of some rain, especially in the West.”

It could also rain in Scotland and the north-west of Great Britain.

Bookmakers are also expecting a scorcher, with Ladbrokes lowering their odds to 5/2 as it marks the hottest Easter on record.

Spokesman Alex Apati said: “It looks like a record-breaking hot Easter could now be upon us given the latest odds.”

However, hay fever sufferers have been warned to be careful as pollen counts will skyrocket.

Airborne allergens expert Max Wiseberg said: “The start of the tree pollen season has been slow, with the bad weather so far for most of this spring.

“But it looks like the season could start in earnest with high pollen counts forecast in southern and eastern England on Monday.”

Met Office meteorologist Dan Stroud said: “It all changes as we head into Monday.

“Warmer conditions will be brought in by tropical ocean air from the Southwest.”

Before the warm weather settles in, Tuesday will be mostly overcast with scattered showers or prolonged rain.

The northern and eastern parts of England will experience the worst of the rain in the morning while Scotland suffers in the afternoon.

The south and west should see some late sunshine with gentle winds later in the day.

Wednesday will be bright with sunny spells, particularly in the early evening, but still with some isolated showers possible in most locations.

Thursday will be mostly cloudy but with sunshine for southern England.

It will be mostly dry with showers possible.

A suit wearer takes time out to relax in London's Green Park

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A suit wearer takes time out to relax in London’s Green ParkPhoto credit: Rex
Many people were out and enjoying the sunny weather

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Many people were out and enjoying the sunny weatherPhoto credit: Rex
Crowds were out and about in Richmond on the Thames in south west London

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Crowds were out and about in Richmond on the Thames in south west LondonPhoto credit: LNP
Friends enjoy the sunshine at Tynemouth Longsands Beach in North Tyneside

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Friends enjoy the sunshine at Tynemouth Longsands Beach in North TynesideCredit: NNP

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