UK weather: The Easter holidays continue to sizzle with 22C highs after the hottest day of the year

Britain is set for even scorching weather today, with highs of 22C – slightly lower than on Good Friday, where 23.4C in central London made it the hottest day of the year

The UK is set for highs of 22C on Saturday
The UK is set for highs of 22C on Saturday

Brits are set for widespread sunshine today as the sizzling Easter Bank Holiday weather continues today and mercury is likely to hit 22C.

Following April’s Arctic blast, most of the country has been able to bask in glorious, sunny conditions in recent days, and the weather is expected to hold up over the weekend, although temperatures are beginning to drop.

Mercury reached 23.4C on Good Friday afternoon in St James’s Park in central London, the Met Office said, making it hotter than California.

It surpassed the 20.8C 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 in keeping with traditional southern European holiday hotspots, sun-seekers can skip the airport lines and soak up the UK sunshine.

An anticyclone is over the UK bringing hot weather this weekend


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Saturday is expected to be a little cooler, but temperatures are expected to hit 22C in parts of southern and central England.

And across the country, weather is expected to be generally sunnier than Friday.

BBC weather forecaster Nick Miller said: “The rule of thumb for Saturday is that where it has been cloudy it will be lighter 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 be warm to the touch.”

He continued: ” It’s a warmer day, with some sunshine across the UK, it’s also a sunny day in Northern Ireland, although very slowly clouds will start bringing some bursts of rain from the west as we progress through the night into Easter Sunday.

The weather reached over 23C in central London on Good Friday


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More broadly, some regions will hit the low 20s while parts of Scotland and Northern Ireland will hit the mid to high teens.

Some parts, mainly central and western areas, could see some clouds with haze and fog patches inland earlier in the day.

Meteorologist Simon Partridge said: “The morning will start out fairly cloudy before evolving into a fairly fine and sunny day for the most part.

The weather is expected to gradually cool down in the coming days


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“Areas in central and southern England, such as the West Midlands, are most likely to hit the low 20s.

“It will then gradually cool down from Sunday, with showers in Scotland and Northern Ireland while most other areas should remain comfortable.”

Forecasters say Easter Sunday will be cooler, though likely drier than Saturday, with showers mostly limited to the north and west ahead of a wetter Monday.

UK forecast for the next 5 days

Most areas fine and dry and comfortably warm.


Most areas will be fine and dry with warm sunshine once the early nebulae clear. Sunshine turns hazy later in the west. However, some North Sea and southwestern coastal areas may remain cool and cloudy.

This evening:

Clouds and showers developing over Northern Ireland and perhaps parts of western Scotland. Dry elsewhere with clear periods and some haze and fog patches.


Most areas are fine and dry with best sunshine in the east once early fog and mist clears. Cloudier in the west with rain over Northern Ireland spreading to western Britain.

Outlook for Monday to Wednesday:

Cooler and more inconsistent with some showers or rain but also with bright or sunny spells. Winds mostly light or moderate, but fresh at times in the north.

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