Weather forecast UK today: Brits set for warm Easter Bank Holiday with dry and sunny weather, Met Office says

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20 Mar 2021, 23:58Updated: 20 Mar 2021, 23:58

DRY and sunny weather is expected over the Easter weekend and Brits will be able to meet outdoors in groups of six by then.

Temperatures could be around the 12C mark, about average for the time of year and conditions will remain dry, according to the long-range forecast from the Met Office.

A Met Office spokesperson said: “Going into April, settled conditions are likely to continue in southern and eastern areas, where a good deal of dry and bright weather will occur.

“The weather in the North West will be changeable and unsettled, and there is a slight possibility that some of the wet and windy weather may push southwards into central areas at times, allowing clearer but showery weather into the North West.”

This year Good Friday is on April 2 and Easter Monday on April 5.

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A 'GOOD DEAL OF DRY AND BRIGHTER WEATHER' IN APRIL, SAYS MET OFFICE

A Met Office spokesperson said: “Going into April, settled conditions are likely to continue in southern and eastern areas, where a good deal of dry and bright weather will occur.

“The weather in the North West will be changeable and unsettled, and there is a slight possibility that some of the wet and windy weather may push southwards into central areas at times, allowing clearer but showery weather into the North West.

BRITS SET TO ENJOY HIGHS OF 18C AS CHARLES AND CAMILLA WELCOME FIRST DAY OF SPRING

PRINCE Charles and Camilla have welcomed the first day of spring as Brits enjoy highs of 18C.

Marking the beginning of spring, the royal couple shared the snap where they posed in Highgrove, their Gloucestershire estate.

The photo where they look at each other, while Camilla holds a bunch of flowers was captioned: "Wishing you a happy and healthy first day of Spring. The Prince of Wales and The Duchess of Cornwall in the garden at Highgrove."


WHAT IS THE SPRING EQUINOX?

The spring equinox marks the changing seasons.

At an equinox, the Sun will shine directly on the equator and there will be nearly equal amounts or hours of daylight and night throughout the world on this day, explains Royal Museums Greenwich.

The spring equinox marks the astronomical start of spring and days are longer than nights in the UK.

Daytime will be longer than nighttime as the Sun travels a longer, higher arc across the sky each day, reaching a peak at the start of summer, explains NASA.

Read the full details here.

EASTER WEEKEND SET TO BE DRY WITH 12C TEMPERATURES

Easter is set to be dry with average temperatures for the time of year at around 12C.

Brits will be keeping their fingers crossed for fine weather as the rule of six will be in place during the bank holiday weekend as the Covid restrictions ease.

A Met Office spokesperson said: “Going into April, settled conditions are likely to continue in southern and eastern areas, where a good deal of dry and bright weather will occur.

“The weather in the North West will be changeable and unsettled, and there is a slight possibility that some of the wet and windy weather may push southwards into central areas at times, allowing clearer but showery weather into the North West.”

WATCH: METEOR 'CAUSED' SONIC BOOM OVER SOUTH WEST ENGLAND - AND WAS CAUGHT STREAKING ACROSS JERSEY SKY

Meteor 'caused' sonic boom over south west England - and was caught streaking across Jersey sky

MET OFFICE: MOST PLACES DRY BUT POSSIBILITY OF DRIZZLE IN HAZY START TO SUNDAY

A mixture of cloud and hazy sunshine to start the day on Sunday ⛅️

Most places will be dry in the morning, but there could be the odd spot of drizzle pic.twitter.com/7Bxd9lzVon

— Met Office (@metoffice) March 20, 2021

ODDS CUT ON BAKING HOT EASTER WEATHER

Bookmaker Coral has cut the odds to 4-5 (from 2-1) for temperatures to reach as high as 20C over the Easter weekend in the UK.

The firm goes 6-4 for this Easter being the hottest of all time in the UK, while it is now 5-2 for next month to end as the hottest April since records began.

“The outlook for Easter is starting to look very positive so we have cut the odds on temperatures rising to 20C over the long weekend,” said Coral’s John Hill.

“Although it is not good news for the Easter eggs, we could be set for one of the hottest Easter weekends since records began,” added Hill.

SCOTLAND SAW BEST OF SATURDAY SUNSHINE WITH SCORCHING 18C TEMPERATURES

Eastern Scotland saw the best of today’s weather as temperatures the mercury rised to 18C.

In an update from the Met Office on Friday, the forecaster wrote: “The highest temperatures today will be across parts of eastern Scotland and northeast England.

But it added: “The warm air will edge southwards as a cold front pushes in leading to a drop in temperatures behind.”

WATCH: UK WEEKEND WEATHER FORECAST - SOME BRITS SEE SUNSHINE BUT GREY SKIES FOR MOST PEOPLE

UK weekend weather forecast 19 March - some Brits see sunshine but grey skies for most people

UK 3/1 FOR HOTTEST DAY OF THE YEAR THIS WEEKEND

Ladbrokes have it 3/1 that the hottest day of the year will be recorded this weekend.

With temperatures taking a turn for the better, the bookies have cut odds from 6/1 to just 3/1 on a record-breaking high temperature for 2021 being recorded over the next couple of days.

Alex Apati of Ladbrokes said: “We could soon be set for a sizzling Easter, but there’s even more good news on the weather front this weekend with record-breaking temperatures for the year potentially being smashed.”

ODDS-ON FOR SNOW TO FALL NEXT WEEK IN THE UK

Bookmaker Coral makes it odds-on at 1-2 for snow to fall in any major city in the UK next week.

The firm is 6-4 for this month to end as the coldest March on record, while it is 5-4 for snow to fall over the Easter weekend.

“The forecasts for next week points to freezing temperatures which means there is a strong chance some major cities in the UK will see snow fall,” said Coral’s John Hill.

“We make it odds-on for the white stuff to fall next week, while the odds have been cut for this month to end as a record cold March,” added Hill.

NSW PREMIER WARNS OF 'EXTREME WEATHER EVENT'

New South Wales Premier Gladys Berejiklian has warned of "a deep-seated, extreme weather event," after hundreds of people had to be evacuated from the Australian state.

NSW currently faces its worst rain event in about three decades.

"This will be a deep-seated, extreme weather event ... It's not going to be an easy week for us," she told reporters on Saturday.

"None of us are out of the woods while the storm front is moving south. The rain may not stop until Thursday or Friday. I hope those predictions are wrong."

TODAY'S TOP TEMPERATURE :17.6C

The day's top temperature hit 17.6C in Aboyne, in northern Scotland.

A message from the Met Office said: "The satellite picture from today shows the best of the sunshine has been in the northeast.

"Aboyne in northern Scotland reach 17.6°C earlier this afternoon."

The day's top temperature was 17.6C

The day's top temperature was 17.6C

EASTER SET TO BE DRY WITH 12C TEMPERATURES

Easter is set to be dry with average temperatures for the time of year at around 12C.

Brits will be keeping their fingers crossed for fine weather as the rule of six will be in place during the bank holiday weekend as the Covid restrictions ease.

A Met Office spokesperson said: “Going into April, settled conditions are likely to continue in southern and eastern areas, where a good deal of dry and bright weather will occur.

“The weather in the North West will be changeable and unsettled, and there is a slight possibility that some of the wet and windy weather may push southwards into central areas at times, allowing clearer but showery weather into the North West."

WHAT IS THE SPRING EQUINOX?

The spring equinox marks the changing seasons.

At an equinox, the Sun will shine directly on the equator and there will be nearly equal amounts or hours of daylight and night throughout the world on this day, explains Royal Museums Greenwich.

The spring equinox marks the astronomical start of spring and days are longer than nights in the UK.

Daytime will be longer than nighttime as the Sun travels a longer, higher arc across the sky each day, reaching a peak at the start of summer, explains NASA.

Read the full details here.

ODDS CUT ON BAKING HOT EASTER WEATHER

Bookmaker Coral has cut the odds to 4-5 (from 2-1) for temperatures to reach as high as 20C over the Easter weekend in the UK.

The firm goes 6-4 for this Easter being the hottest of all time in the UK, while it is now 5-2 for next month to end as the hottest April since records began.

“The outlook for Easter is starting to look very positive so we have cut the odds on temperatures rising to 20C over the long weekend,” said Coral’s John Hill.

“Although it is not good news for the Easter eggs, we could be set for one of the hottest Easter weekends since records began,” added Hill.

'ARCTIC DOME' WILL BRING SNOW & ICE IN COMING DAYS

The Met Office has warned a 2,000-mile wide 'Arctic dome' of cold air will bring snow and ice into the UK this week.

After the first signs of spring, the weather will turn colder again starting from Wednesday, forecasters have warned.

The mercury will plummet with Scotland, NorthumberlandCumbriaLiverpool and Manchester all set to see snow, according to Netweather.

It has predicted a 30 to 85 per cent chance of the white stuff, with temperatures in the South East reaching between -3C and -5C.

LondonBath and Kent could also see white showers, forecasters have warned.

EASTERN SCOTLAND TO HIT 18C

Eastern Scotland will see the best of today's weather as temperatures are expected to top 18C.

In an update from the Met Office, the forecaster wrote: "The highest temperatures today will be across parts of eastern Scotland and northeast England.

But it added: "The warm air will edge southwards as a cold front pushes in leading to a drop in temperatures behind."

AUSTRALIA'S EAST COAST SMASHED BY FLASH FLOODING

Australia's east coast was smashed by heavy rains on Saturday, sparking dangerous flash flooding that forced the evacuation of multiple regions as the fast-moving waters unmoored houses, engulfed roads, stranded towns and cut power lines.

In Sydney, the country's biggest city, authorities pleaded for people to stay at home as a major dam overflowed and a mini-tornado tore through a western suburb.

Most of the coast of New South Wales (NSW) state, which is home to about a third of Australia's 25 million people, has already seen March rainfall records broken and authorities warned the downpour was likely to continue for several days.

"I hate to say this again to all our citizens of the state, but it's not going to be an easy week for us," NSW Premier Gladys Berejiklian told a televised briefing. "The rain may not stop till Thursday or Friday."

Officials had issued nine evacuation orders for about 15 areas by Saturday afternoon.

CLOUDY START TO SATURDAY MORNING

It will be a cloudy start to Saturday morning, according to the Met Office.

The forecaster said in a Twitter update: "Many parts will be #cloudy on Saturday morning with any early brightness in the south soon getting replaced by cloud from the north.

"There will be some #sunshine on offer though for the northeast."

Most of the country will see a cloudy start to Saturday

Most of the country will see a cloudy start to Saturday

MET OFFICE RELEASES '4CAST' FOR SATURDAY

Saturday will be rather cloudy ☁️ for most, and it will feel rather cold under that #cloud

A warmer and brighter day with good spells of #sunshine ☀️ in northeastern parts of England, and both central and eastern Scotland pic.twitter.com/qYqlgHAaGJ

— Met Office (@metoffice) March 19, 2021

MERCURY COULD DROP TO AS LOW AS -2C IN SUSSEX ON SATURDAY MORNING

East and west Sussex could see lows of -1C and -2C on Saturday morning.

Likewise the coldest spots on Sunday morning will hit below freezing in rural Scotland, down to -3C.

A Met Office spokesperson said: "Going into April, settled conditions are likely to continue in southern and eastern areas, where a good deal of dry and bright weather will occur."

TEMPERATURES OF -3 EXPECTED IN SCOTLAND TOMORROW

On Saturday, the coldest temperatures are expected in central and northern Scotland, with lows of -3C.

The UK will also see a few other cold spots with the North Sea bringing a light breeze to the South East.

METEOGROUP FORECAST FOR SATURDAY

A dry but dull start to the day with early patches of mist soon lifting and clearing.

It will then be dry but mostly grey and overcast during the day with cloudy skies and spots of drizzle are possible and will be most frequent across northern Scotland. Brighter later with sunny spells developing.

Saturday evening will remain dry with late bright spells and there will be variable amounts of cloud cover.

Overnight will then continue to be dry with patches of mist forming.

It will be largely grey and overcast with cloudy skies however there will also be some clear spells, these most frequent across Scotland.

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