UK long-term weather forecast: Met Office issues Easter heatwave verdict

A repeat of last year’s sizzling Easter weekend is likely, but April will initially be a mixed bag of torrential rain before the unsettled weather eases in time for the bank holiday

We could see a repeat of last year’s incredible Easter weather, the Met Office says

There could be another toasty Easter just around the corner if the scorching spring sun is set to return in the coming weeks.

The UK has hit highs of 21C over the past four days and temperatures could rise again from mid-April.

That means outdoor egg hunts could be back for millions after last year’s glorious bank holiday made for muggy conditions as we tucked into chocolate on Easter Sunday.

The British Weather Service claims that some parts of the UK could get as warm as 28C in just three weeks.

Although the Met Office notes it’s still too early to know for sure how warm Easter will be, things are looking promising – even if it rains before then.

Last year many spent Easter jousting on the River Cam in Cambridge



Forecaster Stephen Dixon says we may be in for a treat after a wet start to the next month.

He told Der Spiegel: “From Tuesday we will see the influence of the cold air from the north, on Wednesday it will be choppy again.

“In April we will see more of this unsettled weather across the UK, that’s for sure. The warmth won’t last this weekend, but it probably won’t be the last we’ll see before summer.

The sun is returning – but not until the middle of next month


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Visitors enjoy the scorching hot spring sun


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“There will be intermittent heavy showers but it will be drier in the southern areas. Unfortunately, early next month we won’t be getting the warmer weather we’ve been enjoying this week.

“However, there may be some good news – things will be much more settled by mid-April and the trends we are seeing are more encouraging.

“We can’t give numbers on that just yet, but people can draw their own conclusions when we say there could be a return to much calmer weather for many.”

Brits have been sunning themselves in 21C for the past few days but that is about to change next week


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While the Met Office avoided saying how warm Easter could be, Jim Dale – the UK weather services’ chief meteorologist – said there was a real possibility some parts of the UK could reach temperatures of as high as 28C.

“I know March is the start of spring, but I think we’ll probably be getting properly into April before we start seeing the scorching temperatures.”

He added: “I wouldn’t be surprised to see 26C, 27C, 28C in mid-April.

“Longer term, given what’s happening in terms of southern hemisphere temperature profiles around the world and also in the United States, I wouldn’t be surprised if we started to see some big highlights.”

The weather maps show that Easter will be another warm bank holiday weekend


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A leading bookmaker, meanwhile, has lowered the odds of this summer being the hottest in Britain on record.

Coral now makes it 2-1 – from 5-1 – to break records.

“Sunshine at the weekend is already making Brits dream of summer,” said Coral’s Harry Aitkenhead.

“As temperatures soar, we’ve lowered the odds of the UK having its hottest summer on record in 2022.”

early April

The first few weeks of April follow a very similar theme across the UK – it’s getting restless.

There will be showers, some heavy, and the north of England will be hardest hit.

The south will be less wet but there won’t be too much sun.


From the second half of April it will be warmer.

There is hope for another very warm Easter, with some even predicting it will be hotter than last year’s 24 degree sizzler.

Most of the country can expect warm and sunny spells after a dreary start to the month.

late April and early May

The Met Office says it’s difficult to know if the sunny burst will last.

Temperatures will drop from April 25 and early forecasts show clouds with 15C warmth.

At present, however, a dry end to the month is to be expected.

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