Easter weekend is here, and many will be hoping for some sunshine to make for a lovely long weekend.
Many across the Uk will have the Good Friday and Easter Monday bank holidays off work.
So will the weather be kind? Here’s everything you need to know.
What will the weather be like over the bank holiday weekend?
Easter weekend is set to have “very pleasant” spring conditions this year, as experts say Good Friday will be the hottest day of the year so far.
Met Office meteorologist Steven Keates said highs of up to 23C were expected in London, breaking the record of 20.8C from March.
But the warm weather will not be limited to the capital, with the mercury predicted to reach the high teens in northern areas including Yorkshire and parts of Scotland.
“It’s looking like Friday will be the warmest day of the year with highs of 22 to 23C, probably most likely in London,” the forecaster said.
“The current highest temperature is 20.8C which was recorded in two places – St James’s Park in London on 23 March and Treknow in Cornwall on 25 March – so we should beat that tomorrow. Widely, it will be quite a warm day.”
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The rest of the weekend looks set to be pleasant as well.
Met Office forecaster Greg Dewhurst said: “Saturday is looking like it will be another lovely day across the UK, there could be some low cloud initially on western parts of England, Wales and Scotland, but it will stay generally dry
“Most places will have sunny spells, and there will be unbroken sunshine in central areas.
“Temperatures will be well above average. Friday will be the highest, but tomorrow will also see around 21C across a swathe of England and Wales stretching from Manchester down to London.
“We will see some changes for Easter Sunday, as a band of rain will move across Northern Ireland and western Scotland throughout the day, eventually reaching western parts of England and Wales.
“Elsewhere there will be plenty of sunny spells and temperatures in the high teens and low twenties.
“Easter Monday will be fresher and temperatures will feel a bit fresher, with some sunny spells and risk of a few showers. The south east of England will hold on to the warmer air, and there will be a risk of a few showers, but lots of dry weather to enjoy generally.”
But if you are a sun worshipper, make sure to be careful.
Mr Keates urged beachgoers to “stick on the sunscreen” and drink plenty of water to protect against higher-than-average UV levels. The strength of UV rays could hit 6, which is considered “high” on the Met Office’s index.
This increase has been caused by slightly depleted stratospheric ozone, which helps protect Earth from the rays, he said.
Naturally occurring reactions in the atmosphere as well as man-made emissions both contribute to the phenomenon, which is usually temporary, the forecaster added.
What is the Met Office forecast?
Fine and dry with warm sunny spells for most, early fog patches in the south soon clearing. Cloudier in the west and south-west with a few showers, mainly Northern Ireland where they may be heavy at times.
Good Friday evening:
Daytime showers largely fading, with rain moving north-eastwards across parts of Scotland. Elsewhere, dry with some low cloud, mist and fog patches chiefly in Northern Ireland and southern Britain.
Most areas dry with warm sunny spells once early low cloud, mist and fog patches clear. Cloudier in north-west, perhaps some rain later in the far west of Scotland and Northern Ireland.
Outlook for Easter Sunday, Easter Monday and Tuesday:
Many regions dry on Sunday with warm sunny spells. Rain affecting Northern Ireland and western Scotland, becoming more widespread on Monday and turning cooler. Sunshine and showers on Tuesday.
What is the Met Office long-term forecast?
Tuesday 19 April – Thursday 28 April
Fairly cloudy for southern parts of the UK on Tuesday with rain or showers at times; drier with sunny spells elsewhere. Breezy across the south, with temperatures close to average or rather cool.
Overall, Wednesday and Thursday will continue in a similar vein, still plenty of dry weather with sunny spells, but also some showers, and temperatures near normal.
Spells of more prolonged rain are possible at times, particularly in the north and west, then perhaps more widely by next weekend. Continuing to be changeable thereafter, but perhaps becoming more settled towards the end of the period.
Winds are expected to remain light initially with a risk of strong wind later, especially in the west. Temperatures are expected to be close to or slightly above average.