The UK is set for more scorching weather today with highs of 22C – slightly lower than Good Friday where 23.4C in central London made it the hottest day of the year
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Brits are set for more widespread sunshine today as the sizzling Easter bank holiday weekend weather continues today with the mercury likely to touch 22C.
After the Arctic blast that brought in April, most of the country has been able to bask in glorious, sunny conditions over the past couple of days and the weather is expected to hold over the weekend although temperatures are starting to dip.
The mercury hit 23.4C in St James’s Park in central London on Good Friday afternoon, the Met Office said, making it hotter than California.
It beat the 20.8C that was recorded at St James’s Park in London on March 23 and Treknow in Cornwall on March 25, making it unofficially the hottest day of the year.
With temperatures higher than usual and matching traditional holiday hotspots in southern Europe, sunseekers can avoid the queues at airports and soak up the rays in the UK.
Saturday is expected to be slightly cooler, but temperatures are set to hit 22C in parts of southern and central England.
And there is expected to be more general sunny weather across the country than on Friday.
BBC weather forecaster Nick Miller said: “The rule of thumb for Saturday is that where it was cloudy it will be brighter and warmer. And where you saw all the sunshine on Good Friday, Saturday will be just as sunny and where you get the sunshine it will feel warm.”
He continued: ” It’s a warmer feeling day, more widely across the UK with that sunshine, it’s a sunnier day in Northern Ireland too although clouds will start bringing some outbreaks of rain from the west very slowly as we go on through the night into Easter Sunday.”
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More widely, some regions will reach the low 20Cs while parts of Scotland and Northern Ireland will reach the mid-to-high teens.
Some parts, mostly central and western areas, could see some cloud earlier in the day with mist and fog patches inland at first.
Met Office meteorologist Simon Partridge said: “It will be a fairly cloudy start to the morning before developing into a rather fine and sunny day on the most part.
“Areas in the central and southern England, such as the West Midlands, are most likely to reach the low 20Cs.
“It will then become gradually cooler going into Sunday, with showers in Scotland and Northern Ireland, while most other areas should remain pleasant.”
Forecasters say Easter Sunday will be cooler, although probably drier than Saturday, with showers confined mainly to the north and west ahead of a wetter Monday.
UK forecast for the next 5 days
Most areas fine and dry and pleasantly warm.
Most areas will be fine and dry with warm sunny spells once early fog patches clear. Sunshine turning hazy later in west. A few North Sea and southwestern coastal areas may stay cool and cloudy though.
Cloud and spells of rain developing across Northern Ireland and perhaps parts of western Scotland. Elsewhere dry with clear spells and a few mist and fog patches.
Most areas fine and dry with best of sunshine in east, once early mist and fog patches clear. Cloudier in west with rain across Northern Ireland, spreading to western Britain.
Outlook for Monday to Wednesday:
Cooler and more unsettled with some showers or rain, but also with bright or sunny spells. Winds mostly light or moderate, but fresh at times in the north.