Rain and thunder to lash UK before 21C Easter bank holiday heatwave

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New forecasts say that balmy temperatures of 22C will roll in just in time for the long bank holiday weekend — but before then things will look a little more miserable in parts of the UK.

Weather maps from independent forecaster WXCharts show a band of heavy rain and thunder sweeping in over the north of Scotland in the early hours of Wednesday (April 13), reaching precipitation levels of 6mm per hour in some areas.

Patches of rain will then move through Wales and the south of England throughout the rest of the day.

However, Netweather predicts that some areas could then see balmy temperatures of 21C between Thursday and Saturday, which would beat 2022's current record of 20.5C recorded in Northolt, West London back in March.

The Met Office meanwhile expects a sharp north-south weather divide to appear for the Bank Holiday, with changeable conditions in the north contrasting with a more settled warm period in the south.

Dan Rudman, Deputy Chief Meteorologist, said: “It’s bit of a mixed picture as far as weather is concerned over the long Easter weekend, although feeling warm in places, at least early in the weekend.

"A low pressure system to the north west of the UK will bring unsettled weather to the north with some strong winds likely and rain in the north west, which could impact driving conditions for some.

“However, further south it will be drier, especially in the southeast, although there will be varying amounts of cloud.

"Temperatures are likely to be above average for the time of year, although low cloud might keep temperatures lower in coastal areas.”

Some of the showers expected before the weekend could also leave cars and windows covered in Saharan dust in a return of the striking 'blood rain' phenomenon from last month.

Hayfever sufferers have been warned that high pollen levels are expected in the south of England today.

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