Easter HEATWAVE: Temperatures to hit 22C as Britain sizzles in ‘plenty of sunshine’

A high pressure system is heading towards Britain from mainland Europe, bringing sunny spells and sizzling temperatures. The warm weather is expected to reach the British Isles just in time for Easter, with temperatures hitting up to 22C. The Met Office has promised Britons will get “plenty of sunshine” as the Bank holiday weekend begins.

Met Office meteorologist Sophie Yeomans told The Sun: "Good Friday seems to be a fairly decent day, in many parts temperatures will be a fair bit warmer.

"Temperatures will go up throughout the week into the early 20s by Friday, with a chance of reaching 22C."

In the weather service’s forecast for Friday it said Britain will stay “largely dry with plenty of sunshine”.

The incoming weather system is also expected to cause temperatures to significantly rise, and free the UK of the freezing conditions seen lately.

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From Saturday onwards the Met Office predicts: “The rest of the Easter weekend is looking to be mainly dry and warm, though there is still some uncertainty in the forecast as to how cloudy it will be, and whether there may be some rain in northwestern parts of the UK.

“For the rest of April, the weather looks likely to become more mixed with some rain at times, particularly in the west and northwest.

“Temperatures will mainly be fairly warm, especially in the southeast in any sunshine, however it will be cooler under any cloud and rain.

The hot air could see Britain warmer than Spanish holiday hotspots such as Majorca and Barcelona over the holiday, ending the Scandinavian blast that hit this weekend.

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Forecaster Simon Partridge said: "After there was a chilly spell this weekend, we are going to see temperatures gradually increase through the week.

"By the weekend we could see in parts of the country temperatures of around 20C, or just above."

The weather forecast has forced bookies to slash odds on this Easter to break heat records.

Bookies Ladbrokes revealed it’s now odds on at 5/6 that this year’s Easter weekend goes down in history as the hottest ever in the UK.

Jessica Bridge of Ladbrokes said: "All bets are off when it comes to Easter 2019 being a scorcher.

“The weather is set to sizzle and it looks like barbecue season will kick off with a bang this weekend."

Because Easter falls late this year, it is not unlike the temperatures will rise even further as the weekend approaches and beat the previous record.

The warmest Easter Saturday to this day was on April 23, 2011, when temperatures reached 27.8°C at Wisley in Surrey.

Generally temperatures were between 25°C - 27°C across the south-east and East Anglia that year.

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