Temperatures could reach 18ºC in parts of the UK and Easter Sunday could be the “warmest day of the year so far”, the Met Office has said.
The weather is widely set to be “fine and relatively nice” over the long weekend with “some sunshine” before rain for most areas on Bank Holiday Monday.
There will be “plenty of fine weather as we start off Good Friday”, with a “frosty start in places” but “sunny skies for the vast majority”, Met Office meteorologist Aidan McGivern said.For Good Friday afternoon, Mr McGivern said warm sunshine could bring highs of 15ºC or 16ºC in the south and 12ºC to 14ºC further north, with 16ºC expected in London and 15ºC in Cardiff.
But low cloud and mist could bring cooler temperatures of 10ºC to 11ºC to areas on the North Sea coast.
On Saturday, most of the UK can expect spells of sunshine after a frosty start, with highs of 14ºC to 16ºC, Mr McGivern said.
He said Easter Sunday would also start with plenty of fine weather, despite some cloud.
“Bright or sunny spells will make it feel very pleasant indeed, with temperatures potentially reaching 18ºC across parts of the Midlands into Wales and the south-east, mid-teens fairly widely elsewhere away from the North Sea coast, although parts of Norfolk into Yorkshire could feel a bit warmer,” Mr McGivern said.
Met Office meteorologist Tom Morgan told the PA news agency that this could make Sunday the UK’s hottest day of 2023 so far.