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UK News: Above-average temperatures forecast for Easter Sunday with conditions 'bright and dry'

UK faces frosty weekend but milder Easter is around the corner

  UK faces frosty weekend but milder Easter is around the corner The south-east of England could see highs of 19C by midweekSimilar temperatures are forecast for Easter weekend, with the Met Office saying dry and sunny conditions are expected. Meteorologist Steven Keates said: “The further south and east you are, the better chance of seeing predominantly dry conditions into the Easter weekend.

The UK is set to bask in warmer than usual weather this Easter Sunday as the high temperatures across the country continue.

People enjoy the good weather at Bournemouth beach in Dorset on Saturday © PA People enjoy the good weather at Bournemouth beach in Dorset on Saturday

Forecasters have said temperatures could reach highs of 19C (66.2F) across England and Wales on Sunday, before cooling to 16C (60.8F) in East Anglia on Monday.

Sunday could see some mist and fog at the start before the day turns drier with sunshine in the eastern parts of the UK.

Northern Ireland is predicted to have rain, which may then spread to western parts of Scotland, western Wales and southwest England overnight.

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Met Office forecaster Simon Partridge said: "Sunday's mostly dry across the vast majority of the country, apart from the far west, but it will turn slightly cloudy as the day goes on.

"So whereas yesterday and today we've had lots of sunshine, tomorrow it will be more milky sunshine, because we'll have very high level clouds coming in. But it will still be bright and dry and a little bit cooler tomorrow.

"Most of the rain is overnight, from Sunday night into bank holiday Monday morning. As it makes its way eastwards it kind of fizzles out.


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"We will see some rain across predominantly Wales, northwest England and western Scotland, but by the time most people are up, it will be dry."

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He added that there will be a "fairly cloudy start", but "it will break up to the brighter sunny spells and isolated light showers (are) possible, but the only real rain is by time we get to the evening in western Scotland".

It comes after Saturday was another warm day as temperatures across the UK reached above the seasonal average.

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Chivenor in Devon, southwest England, had the highest recorded temperature in the UK with 21.6C (70.88F), which was hotter than Istanbul in Turkey with 16C (60.8F) and Athens in Greece with 21C (69.8F).

Cardiff, in south Wales, reached highs of 21.2C (70.16F) while Altnaharra, in northern Scotland, was 19.3C (66.74F). Armagh in Northern Ireland saw temperatures rise to 15.2C (59.36F).

Bluebells in Sussex amid warm weather this week © PA Bluebells in Sussex amid warm weather this week

Meanwhile, motorists could face a busy Easter Sunday but traffic is said to be flowing as people make their getaways for the bank holiday weekend.

The motoring organisation predicted a total of 27.6 million journeys will be made over a busier than usual Easter weekend as people enjoy the good weather, embark on staycations and avoid train travel due to engineering works.

Traffic jams on the M3 near Egham, Surrey on Friday © PA Traffic jams on the M3 near Egham, Surrey on Friday

Above-average temperatures expected on Easter Sunday .
According to the Met Office, the daytime average in the UK for April is highs of 13C.Forecasters have said temperatures are expected to reach highs of 19C (66.2F) and lower across England and Wales on Sunday, while Monday could see temperatures up to 16C (60.8F) in East Anglia.

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