Britain is set for a sizzling Bank Holiday with temperatures predicted to rise as high as 20C in some parts of the country. The gloomy, wet weather that has gripped much of the UK over the last month is set to be replaced by sunnier and brighter spells, just in time for the Easter bunnies. March was the wettest it has been in the UK for the last 40 years, according to the Met Office.
But the latest forecasts predict drier and warmer weather as the country heads into the Easter holidays.
The latest charts from The Weather Outlook show temperatures in the England and Wales ranging from between 12C to 16C on Easter Sunday.
Scotland will see slightly cooler temperatures, ranging between 9C and 13C.
In Northern Ireland, temperatures will hover around 13C.
Temperatures will steadily climb in England on Easter Monday, reaching 18C in the south east.
Scotland will see cooler weather with the thermometer dropping to as low as 5C in parts of the north west.
However, next Tuesday could see the mercury rise to as high as 20C in the south of England and as low as 4C in Scotland.
A spokesperson for the Met Office said: “The south and east of England are expected to remain dry, with clear or sunny spells.
“With time, drier and brighter interludes are expected to develop across the UK as a whole, although there is still the possibility of some unsettled spells, particularly towards the end of this period (April 6-15).
“It may be that the wettest weather is most probable in the south and west.
“Winds are expected to be generally light during this time, but there may be some spells of windier weather towards mid-April.
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“Temperatures are likely to remain close to or a little above average.”
Jim Dale from British Weather Services added: “We’re starting to see models suggesting 16C/17C/18C… and if you see models suggesting that, then the 20C is still on.
“It makes us all feel better when we get a bit of sunshine – especially when it’s a warm bit of sunshine.”
Across the UK, April temperatures average a daily high of 12C and a low of 4C.
Easter is normally a chance for British holidaymakers to get away to the ski slopes for a last chance to speed down the slopes before the end of the season.
And April has ushered in heavy snowfalls over parts of the Alps, ensuring some great conditions on the pistes over the holidays.
Les Arcs in France reported a metre of fresh snow in one of its latest weather updates over the weekend.
Meanwhile in Italy, there was heavy snowfall on higher slopes and in the west of the country.
Cervinia posted pictures of a full-blown snowstorm on Saturday morning, while La Thuile and Courmayeur both said they had received 25cm of fresh snow.
Switzerland also saw welcome top-ups after a cold weather front put down as much as 70cm of fresh snow in Seas Fee over a 24-hour period.