UK’s Easter heatwave sees forecasters predict ‘hottest day of year’ this weekend

The UK could be heading for the hottest day of the year this weekend, with a mini-heatwave set to arrive just in time for the Easter bank holiday weekend.

Netweather predicts that some areas could 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.

Expert Ian Simpson from the forecasting website said the change is down to a new front coming up from the south and replacing "chilly north-westerly winds", resulting in "dry and settled" weather.

Describing the nationwide picture for the upcoming bank holiday weather, he added : "It may not be sunny everywhere: western Scotland and Northern Ireland will be more prone to cloudier weather at times with occasional light rain, and eastern counties may see some low cloud come in off the North Sea, depending on where the high pressure area ends up.

"However, for most of the UK the holiday period looks likely to be dry with plenty of sunshine."

The Met Office also 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.

Their long range forecast for Saturday April 16 to Monday April 25 reads: "A northwest-southeast split is likely, with the northwest remaining more changeable with strong winds and rain at times.

"The southeast is likely to be dry and generally more settled, though perhaps rather cloudy, with mist and fog likely in the mornings and lighter winds through to the end of this period. Temperatures are expected to be above average, and warm at times for the south."

Some heavy rain is expected today (April 12), with weather maps from WXCharts showing precipitation of 7mm per hour moving across the north of England and the south of Scotland throughout the day.

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