Weather forecast UK LIVE – Met Office predicts scorcher TOMORROW as 22C hits London for Easter weekend

THE UK is set for a hot Easter as the weekend could see hottest day of the year with temperatures rising to 22C across the UK.

It's expected to warm up from today and the long weekend could bring the hottest day of the year so far. This will beat the weather 20.8C (69.4F) recorded on 23 March.

Met Office meteorologist Annie Shuttleworth said: “This week is going to be much warmer than last week, with temperatures fairly widely above average."

She added: “The London region is where we’re likely to see those higher temperatures, through Thursday and Friday. On the weekend temperatures will remain in the high teens or low 20s in places.

“It will be mixed and not everywhere will see the warmest temperatures. We should expect dry and bright weather.”

And, according to Sky News meteorologist Chris England, the dust blown in from the Sahara could also make for some spectacular sunrises and sunsets.

"A southerly flow and generally light winds this week mean it will be turning warmer, with temperatures of over 20C possible in places from Thursday," Sky's forecaster said.

Read our UK weather blog below for the latest forecasts and updates.

  • Louis Allwood

    Temperatures on the rise

    Plenty of fine, dry and warm weather for many.

    Some coasts probably cloudier and cooler, and there will be some patchy rain or showers in places.

    Overall, temperatures will be on the rise with areas reaching 20C.

  • Louis Allwood

    Hayfever driving warning

    Motoring experts have warned that driving with hayfever symptoms could be classed as a "failure to have proper control of the vehicle and a full view of the road", which is punishable by a £1,000 in the Highway Code.

    Craig Forbes, motoring expert at Peter Vardy, says: "Drivers must take responsibility for assessing their own fitness to drive when experiencing symptoms.

    “There are ways to minimise symptoms of hay fever during spring, but if your eyes are extremely watery and you feel unwell, your driving could be impaired and you may wish to consider alternative travel in order to avoid a fine."

    Craig’s warning comes as the UK is set for a pollen bomb this Easter weekend. As temperatures are creeping up, the Met Office warned of “very high” levels of spores for most of England going into the bank holiday.

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    Hay fever warning

    Hay fever sufferers though have been warned to take care as the pollen count is set to soar.

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

    "But it looks as if the season could start in earnest with high pollen counts forecast across the South and East of England on Monday."

  • Louis Allwood

    Odds slashed

    Bookmakers are expecting a scorcher too, with Ladbrokes slashing its odds to 5/2 for it being the hottest Easter on record.

    Spokesman Alex Apati said: "It looks as though a record-breaking hot Easter could now be on the cards if the latest odds are anything to go by."

  • Louis Allwood

    Could the highest temperature record be broken for the year?

    The highest temperatures seen so far this year hit 20.8C.

    But it's likely to be a little under 2C warmer than that this long weekend.

    "We'll see temperatures generally come up through the week," Ms Annie Shuttleworth said.

    "From Thursday onwards, temperatures could reach 20C, 21C, quite possibly 22C."

  • Louis Allwood

    East of England will see the best weather

    Annie Shuttleworth, a Met Office meterologist, says the East of England will see the best of the weather in the days to come.

    “I think in the main for the bank holiday weekend, we’ll see temperatures quite widely above average across the UK," she said.

    "Hopefully they could be very warm in the south-east in particular."

    Although it'll be hotter than it usually is at this time of year, Ms Shuttleworth says temperatures will be "nowhere near heatwave criteria".

    "However, it'll definitely be warmer than the week we've just had and last week," she said.

  • Louis Allwood

    Easter scorcher to begin today

    An Easter scorcher will begin today – with the hottest day of the year so far expected this weekend.

    Forecasters say the mercury could rocket as high as 22C, with sunny skies expected across the country.

    The good weather comes courtesy of a plume of balmy air straight from the Sahara.

    But as well as plenty of spring sunshine, the plume also caused a bizarre meteorological phenomenon.

    Skies turned red as desert sand was swept into the atmosphere. 

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    Hay fever symptoms to watch for 

    The hay fever season is starting when Covid cases are still high, with many of their symptoms overlapping.

    It may leave you worrying you are sick with the virus and considering staying locked up indoors.

    The NHS says the main symptoms of hay fever are:

    • Sneezing and coughing
    • A runny or blocked nose
    • Itchy, red or watery eyes
    • Itchy throat, mouth, nose and ears
    • Loss of smell
    • Pain around your temples and forehead
    • Headache
    • Earache
    • Feeling tired

    If you have asthma, you might also:

    • Have a tight feeling in your chest
    • Be short of breath
    • Wheeze and cough

    Cloudy Easter weekend for those in Edinburgh

    Mostly cloudy on Friday but feeling warm in any afternoon sunshine.

    Cloudy again on Saturday and often dull with a few spots of rain but will remain dry Sunday with bright spells.

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      Easter weekend set for pollen bomb

      BRITS are set for a pollen bomb this Easter weekend as the temperature creeps up.

      The Met Office warns of “very high” levels of spores for most of England going into the bank holiday weekend.

      It will aggravate symptoms for some of the 10 million Brits with hay fever, with one in five people estimated to have the condition.

      From Wednesday, all regions of England will have very high pollen counts, other than the North East which will have medium.

      The picture will stay the same all the way through until Saturday, the Met Office says, with predictions for Sunday not out yet.

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      Rain to linger

      Those in the far northeast of Scotland will need to get their umbrellas back out as rain will linger this afternoon.

      Elsewhere there will be a mixture of cloud and sunshine, but scattering showers will develop.

      But be warned that these showers may turn heavy and thundery, especially in the south.

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      Met Office map shows high temperatures for Thursday

      It looks like another fine and warm day in the UK tomorrow – perfect for those breaking for the Bank Holiday already.

      It tweeted: "If you are starting the #Easter break early or you just have outdoor plans for Thursday then you may want to know what the weather is doing.

      "Here is the #4cast for Thursday."

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      Scotland and Northern Ireland each recorded their sunniest March on record

      Scotland and Northern Ireland each recorded their sunniest March on record (records back to 1919), according to provisional Met Office statistics.

      The UK had its sunniest March since 1929 and its second sunniest overall (records dating back to 1919),as high pressure and clear skies reigned over the UK for much of the month, bringing an average of 166.1 hours of sunshine.

      Northern Ireland had a massive 90% more sunshine than its long-term average for the month, with a total of 192.5 hours of sunshine in the month. Scotland was similarly sunny, with 64% more sunshine hours than average, with a total of 160.1 hours.

      That sunny and clear picture was replicated across much of the UK. England had its second sunniest March with 168.1 hours and Wales its fifth sunniest with 157.9 hours.

    • Joseph Gamp

      Hay fever symptoms to watch for 

      The hay fever season is starting when Covid cases are still high, with many of their symptoms overlapping.

      It may leave you worrying you are sick with the virus and considering staying locked up indoors.

      The NHS says the main symptoms of hay fever are:

      • Sneezing and coughing
      • A runny or blocked nose
      • Itchy, red or watery eyes
      • Itchy throat, mouth, nose and ears
      • Loss of smell
      • Pain around your temples and forehead
      • Headache
      • Earache
      • Feeling tired

      If you have asthma, you might also:

      • Have a tight feeling in your chest
      • Be short of breath
      • Wheeze and cough

      Weather outlook for Friday to Sunday

      It's shaping up to be a pleasant Bank Holiday weekend.

      The Met Office's short summary for the weekend says: "Many places dry with warm spells of sunshine.

      "Rain or showers are possible at times, mainly in central and western areas."

      • Joseph Gamp

        A fine Easter weekend for most says Met Office

        The Met Office's chief meteorologist Neil Armstrong said: “Most people will see some spells of decent bank holiday weather this weekend, and it will feel warm in places, particularly for the first half of the Easter break. 

        “However, a low-pressure system will affect the northwest of the UK later Sunday, bringing unsettled weather to the north with some strong winds and rain in the northwest, which could impact driving conditions for some, but further south it will be drier, especially in the southeast.  

        “There will be varying amounts of cloud, but temperatures are widely likely to be above average for the time of year, although low cloud might keep temperatures lower in coastal areas. 

        “However, where the sun comes out people can expect some very pleasant spring conditions.” 

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        In pictures: Cyclist riding during sunset in Richmond Park, London

        The stunning picture below shows a cyclist making his way through Richmond Park earlier this morning during sunrise.

        Easter weekend is set to be warm with temperatures expected to reach 20C. 

      • Joseph Gamp

        Dry evening for many areas this evening

        The Met Office tweeted: "Daytime showers will gradually fade away this evening leaving many areas dry.

        "Low cloud, mist and fog however will begin to move in southwestern parts."

      • Joseph Gamp

        Easter weekend set for pollen bomb

        BRITS are set for a pollen bomb this Easter weekend as the temperature creeps up.

        The Met Office warns of “very high” levels of spores for most of England going into the bank holiday weekend.

        It will aggravate symptoms for some of the 10 million Brits with hay fever, with one in five people estimated to have the condition.

        From Wednesday, all regions of England will have very high pollen counts, other than the North East which will have medium.

        The picture will stay the same all the way through until Saturday, the Met Office says, with predictions for Sunday not out yet.

      • Louis Allwood

        Manchester evening forecast

        Mostly dry with lengthy clear periods this evening, but some low cloud, mist and fog will form as the night goes on.

        Perhaps some light drizzle over the highest ground later as well.

        A mild night and staying frost free with minimum temperatures of 6 °C.

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        What is happening in the US?

        MORE than 62 million Americans across the South and central US are under alert as historic blizzards, fires and severe storms slam the region.

        The severe weather system, expected to last through Thursday, has seen grapefruit-sized hail, tornadoes and wildfire alerts from Texas to Minnesota.

        Parts of the Mississippi valley are under level four out of five "moderate risk" of severe weather on Wednesday, according to the National Weather Service Storm Prediction Center, which says the region could see strong tornadoes and large hail.

        "Numerous severe thunderstorms appear likely across a large portion of the lower/mid Mississippi Valley into the Midwest, and lower Ohio Valley on Wednesday," said the Storm Prediction Center.

        On Tuesday, multiple tornadoes in Central Texas and Iowa caused injuries and widespread damage.

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        London weekend forecast

        Friday and Saturday, largely dry and sunny with a chance of isolated showers each afternoon.

        Sunday will be dry with patchy cloud and sunny intervals in between.

        There will also be light winds throughout.

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        London showers will clear this evening

        Showers beginning to ease this evening, with some dry and sunny spells toward dusk.

        Clear spells developing overnight with light winds. Low cloud creeping into western parts by dawn with minimum temperatures of 2 °C.

      • Louis Allwood

        Temperatures on the rise

        Plenty of fine, dry and warm weather for many.

        Some coasts probably cloudier and cooler, and there will be some patchy rain or showers in places.

        Overall, temperatures will be on the rise with areas reaching 20C.

      • Louis Allwood

        Hayfever driving warning

        Motoring experts have warned that driving with hayfever symptoms could be classed as a "failure to have proper control of the vehicle and a full view of the road", which is punishable by a £1,000 in the Highway Code.

        Craig Forbes, motoring expert at Peter Vardy, says: "Drivers must take responsibility for assessing their own fitness to drive when experiencing symptoms.

        “There are ways to minimise symptoms of hay fever during spring, but if your eyes are extremely watery and you feel unwell, your driving could be impaired and you may wish to consider alternative travel in order to avoid a fine."

        Craig’s warning comes as the UK is set for a pollen bomb this Easter weekend. As temperatures are creeping up, the Met Office warned of “very high” levels of spores for most of England going into the bank holiday.

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