Most of the country will be covered with nice and dry weather over the Easter weekend, with weather forecasters predicting that a good record for the hottest day of the year could be set on Good Friday.
Temperatures are expected to rise to more than 10 ° C above average, reaching 22 ° C in some parts of the UK.
Richard Miles, a weather forecaster with the Met Office, said that although the weather will be nice and dry in most places, areas in the northwest may experience occasional rain, making the eastern areas the most desirable weekend destination.
He said: “By Sunday, it will be very pleasant for most parts of the United Kingdom. The warmest weather will probably be on Friday, but it will remain well above average for most of Saturday and Sunday.
“The average temperature for this time of year is about 12C – so it will be about 10C warmer for the April day.”
The warmest temperature so far this year was 20.8C, registered in London on March 23, which means that the maximum values forecast for the southeast over the weekend will set a new record for 2022.
Scotland is expected to be slightly cooler to 15 ° C, while temperatures in Wales are expected to reach around 17 ° C.
However, change is expected on Monday, with cooler and more volatile weather ahead.
Neil Armstrong, chief meteorologist at the Met Office, said: “A low-pressure system will affect the north-west of the UK later on Sunday, leading to unstable weather in the north with strong winds and rain in the north-west, which could affect of driving conditions for some, but the south will be drier, especially in the southeast.
“There will be different amounts of clouds, but it is likely that temperatures will be above average for the time of year, although low clouds may maintain lower temperatures in coastal areas.
“However, when the sun rises, people can expect very pleasant spring conditions.”
In March, the Met Office updated the threshold for what temperature is considered a 1C heat wave in several counties in England between Surrey and East Yorkshire.
Dr Mark McCarthy, head of the Met Office’s National Climate Information Center, said climate statistics over time had revealed an “indisputable warming trend for the United Kingdom”.
“Temperature rises are greatest in parts of central and eastern England, where they have risen by more than 1.0 C in some places, while the more remote northern parts of Scotland and Northern Ireland have seen temperatures rise by more “Close to 0.7 C,” he said.
Earlier this month, leading scientists said the UK government was moving too slowly when it came to dealing with the climate emergency, in response to the latest IPCC report.