Weather forecast UK today: Brits set for warm Easter Bank Holiday with dry and sunny weather, Met Office says

DRY and sunny weather is expected over the Easter weekend and Brits will be able to meet outdoors in groups of six by then.

Temperatures could be around the 12C mark, about average for the time of year and conditions will remain dry, according to the long-range forecast from the Met Office.

A Met Office spokesperson said: “Going into April, settled conditions are likely to continue in southern and eastern areas, where a good deal of dry and bright weather will occur.

“The weather in the North West will be changeable and unsettled, and there is a slight possibility that some of the wet and windy weather may push southwards into central areas at times, allowing clearer but showery weather into the North West.”

This year Good Friday is on April 2 and Easter Monday on April 5.

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  • Joseph Gamp

    ODDS-ON FOR SNOW TO FALL NEXT WEEK IN THE UK

    Bookmaker Coral makes it odds-on at 1-2 for snow to fall in any major city in the UK next week.

    The firm is 6-4 for this month to end as the coldest March on record, while it is 5-4 for snow to fall over the Easter weekend.

    “The forecasts for next week points to freezing temperatures which means there is a strong chance some major cities in the UK will see snow fall,” said Coral’s John Hill.

    “We make it odds-on for the white stuff to fall next week, while the odds have been cut for this month to end as a record cold March,” added Hill.

  • Jon Rogers

    NSW PREMIER WARNS OF 'EXTREME WEATHER EVENT'

    New South Wales Premier Gladys Berejiklian has warned of "a deep-seated, extreme weather event," after hundreds of people had to be evacuated from the Australian state.

    NSW currently faces its worst rain event in about three decades.

    "This will be a deep-seated, extreme weather event … It's not going to be an easy week for us," she told reporters on Saturday.

    "None of us are out of the woods while the storm front is moving south. The rain may not stop until Thursday or Friday. I hope those predictions are wrong."

  • Jon Rogers

    TODAY'S TOP TEMPERATURE :17.6C

    The day's top temperature hit 17.6C in Aboyne, in northern Scotland.

    A message from the Met Office said: "The satellite picture from today shows the best of the sunshine has been in the northeast.

    "Aboyne in northern Scotland reach 17.6°C earlier this afternoon."

    The day's top temperature was 17.6C
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    EASTER SET TO BE DRY WITH 12C TEMPERATURES

    Easter is set to be dry with average temperatures for the time of year at around 12C.

    Brits will be keeping their fingers crossed for fine weather as the rule of six will be in place during the bank holiday weekend as the Covid restrictions ease.

    A Met Office spokesperson said: “Going into April, settled conditions are likely to continue in southern and eastern areas, where a good deal of dry and bright weather will occur.

    “The weather in the North West will be changeable and unsettled, and there is a slight possibility that some of the wet and windy weather may push southwards into central areas at times, allowing clearer but showery weather into the North West."

  • Jon Rogers

    WHAT IS THE SPRING EQUINOX?

    The spring equinox marks the changing seasons.

    At an equinox, the Sun will shine directly on the equator and there will be nearly equal amounts or hours of daylight and night throughout the world on this day, explains Royal Museums Greenwich.

    The spring equinox marks the astronomical start of spring and days are longer than nights in the UK.

    Daytime will be longer than nighttime as the Sun travels a longer, higher arc across the sky each day, reaching a peak at the start of summer, explains NASA.

    Read the full details here.

  • Jon Rogers

    ODDS CUT ON BAKING HOT EASTER WEATHER

    Bookmaker Coral has cut the odds to 4-5 (from 2-1) for temperatures to reach as high as 20C over the Easter weekend in the UK.

    The firm goes 6-4 for this Easter being the hottest of all time in the UK, while it is now 5-2 for next month to end as the hottest April since records began.

    “The outlook for Easter is starting to look very positive so we have cut the odds on temperatures rising to 20C over the long weekend,” said Coral’s John Hill.

    “Although it is not good news for the Easter eggs, we could be set for one of the hottest Easter weekends since records began,” added Hill.

  • Hana Carter

    SPRING HAS SPRUNG

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    'ARCTIC DOME' WILL BRING SNOW & ICE IN COMING DAYS

    The Met Office has warned a 2,000-mile wide 'Arctic dome' of cold air will bring snow and ice into the UK this week.

    After the first signs of spring, the weather will turn colder again starting from Wednesday, forecasters have warned.

    The mercury will plummet with Scotland, Northumberland, Cumbria, Liverpool and Manchester all set to see snow, according to Netweather.

    It has predicted a 30 to 85 per cent chance of the white stuff, with temperatures in the South East reaching between -3C and -5C.

    London, Bath and Kent could also see white showers, forecasters have warned.

  • Jon Rogers

    EASTERN SCOTLAND TO HIT 18C

    Eastern Scotland will see the best of today's weather as temperatures are expected to top 18C.

    In an update from the Met Office, the forecaster wrote: "The highest temperatures today will be across parts of eastern Scotland and northeast England.

    But it added: "The warm air will edge southwards as a cold front pushes in leading to a drop in temperatures behind."

  • Jon Rogers

    AUSTRALIA'S EAST COAST SMASHED BY FLASH FLOODING

    Australia's east coast was smashed by heavy rains on Saturday, sparking dangerous flash flooding that forced the evacuation of multiple regions as the fast-moving waters unmoored houses, engulfed roads, stranded towns and cut power lines.

    In Sydney, the country's biggest city, authorities pleaded for people to stay at home as a major dam overflowed and a mini-tornado tore through a western suburb.

    Most of the coast of New South Wales (NSW) state, which is home to about a third of Australia's 25 million people, has already seen March rainfall records broken and authorities warned the downpour was likely to continue for several days.

    "I hate to say this again to all our citizens of the state, but it's not going to be an easy week for us," NSW Premier Gladys Berejiklian told a televised briefing. "The rain may not stop till Thursday or Friday."

    Officials had issued nine evacuation orders for about 15 areas by Saturday afternoon.

  • Jon Rogers

    CLOUDY START TO SATURDAY MORNING

    It will be a cloudy start to Saturday morning, according to the Met Office.

    The forecaster said in a Twitter update: "Many parts will be #cloudy on Saturday morning with any early brightness in the south soon getting replaced by cloud from the north.

    "There will be some #sunshine on offer though for the northeast."

    Most of the country will see a cloudy start to Saturday
  • Joseph Gamp

    MET OFFICE RELEASES '4CAST' FOR SATURDAY

  • Joseph Gamp

    MERCURY COULD DROP TO AS LOW AS -2C IN SUSSEX ON SATURDAY MORNING

    East and west Sussex could see lows of -1C and -2C on Saturday morning.

    Likewise the coldest spots on Sunday morning will hit below freezing in rural Scotland, down to -3C.

    A Met Office spokesperson said: "Going into April, settled conditions are likely to continue in southern and eastern areas, where a good deal of dry and bright weather will occur."

  • Joseph Gamp

    TEMPERATURES OF -3 EXPECTED IN SCOTLAND TOMORROW

    On Saturday, the coldest temperatures are expected in central and northern Scotland, with lows of -3C.

    The UK will also see a few other cold spots with the North Sea bringing a light breeze to the South East.

  • Joseph Gamp

    METEOGROUP FORECAST FOR SATURDAY

    A dry but dull start to the day with early patches of mist soon lifting and clearing.

    It will then be dry but mostly grey and overcast during the day with cloudy skies and spots of drizzle are possible and will be most frequent across northern Scotland. Brighter later with sunny spells developing.

    Saturday evening will remain dry with late bright spells and there will be variable amounts of cloud cover.

    Overnight will then continue to be dry with patches of mist forming.

    It will be largely grey and overcast with cloudy skies however there will also be some clear spells, these most frequent across Scotland.

  • Joseph Gamp

    WATCH: UK WEATHER FORECAST FOR THIS WEEKEND (MARCH 20-21)

    Weekend weather forecast – Brits to bask in 18C sun this weekend after 19C hottest day in five months

  • Joseph Gamp

    UK 3/1 FOR HOTTEST DAY OF THE YEAR THIS WEEKEND

    Ladbrokes have it 3/1 that the hottest day of the year will be recorded this weekend.

    With temperatures taking a turn for the better, the bookies have cut odds from 6/1 to just 3/1 on a record-breaking high temperature for 2021 being recorded over the next couple of days.

    Alex Apati of Ladbrokes said: "We could soon be set for a sizzling Easter, but there's even more good news on the weather front this weekend with record-breaking temperatures for the year potentially being smashed."

  • Joseph Gamp

    ODDS-ON FOR SNOW TO FALL NEXT WEEK IN THE UK

    Bookmaker Coral makes it odds-on at 1-2 for snow to fall in any major city in the UK next week.

    The firm is 6-4 for this month to end as the coldest March on record, while it is 5-4 for snow to fall over the Easter weekend.

    "The forecasts for next week points to freezing temperatures which means there is a strong chance some major cities in the UK will see snow fall," said Coral's John Hill.

    "We make it odds-on for the white stuff to fall next week, while the odds have been cut for this month to end as a record cold March," added Hill.

  • Joseph Gamp

    NO WEATHER WARNINGS THIS WEEK

    The Met Office has not issued any weather warnings for the upcoming week.

  • Joseph Gamp

    WATCH: BBC WEATHER FORECAST WITH TOMASZ SCHAFERNAKER

  • Joseph Gamp

    A DRY WEEKEND AHEAD – BUT SUNSHINE WILL BE 'IN RELATIVELY SHORT SUPPLY'

    The Met Office tweeted: "This #weekend is looking largely dry but with sunshine in relatively short supply."

    It will remain cloudy with high pressure in the south while the northeast will see the most of the weekend sunshine.

    Sunday will also be a similarly cloudy day with cloud "thick enough to give drizzle in places".

  • Joseph Gamp

    UK WEEKEND WEATHER FORECAST

    Saturday will see sunny spells for parts of eastern Scotland and northeast England, where it should feel rather warm by afternoon, according to the Met Office.

    Elsewhere a lot of cloud generally, perhaps a little drizzle for some.

    Often quite cloudy on Sunday, but most places remaining dry.

    Chance of sunny spells most likely in the east. Light winds. 

  • Hana Carter

    CHERRY BLOSSOM BRINGS LIFE TO THE PARKS

    A cheeky parakeet eats some of the cheery blossom at St. James's Park, LondonCredit: Reuters
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    DRY WEEKEND

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    DEARY ME!

    People enjoy a stroll beside the dear in Richmond Park, south west London.

    Members of the public make the most of the warmer weatherCredit: LNP

     

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