Brits are being warned to be careful of sunburn this Easter bank holiday weekend as temperatures could reach 23C in some places – the highest of the year so far. A high pressure system is bringing glorious weather over Easter with people heading outdoors and to the beaches to soak up the sunshine.
In Bristol, temperatures are set to peak at 20C at 3pm on Saturday (April 16) with conditions remaining warm and dry throughout the long weekend, dropping slightly on Monday. According to the Met Office, it will be hottest in London where temperatures will reach highs of 23C.
Met Office forecaster Helen Roberts told the Mirror: “The weather for this Easter weekend isn’t looking too bad at all with high pressure tending to dominate at least as we start the weekend. A slight change on the way as we head towards Easter Monday.
“There will be some clouds in western parts of England and Wales and that cloud thick enough for a few showery outbreaks of rain but a lot of dry weather about and feeling very warm in the sunshine, in fact it could be the warmest day of the year so far with temperatures into the low 20Cs.
She continued: “For central and eastern areas there will be bright and sunny spells and in that sunshine feeling really quite warm with temperatures into the low 20Cs. Do bear in mind it is very easy to burn in the sunshine at this time of year.”
Met Office meteorologist Steven Keates said highs of up to 23C are a possibility. “It’s looking like Friday will be the warmest day of the year with highs of 22 to 23C, probably most likely in London,” he said.
“The current highest temperature is 20.8C which was recorded in two places, St James’s Park in London on March 23 and Treknow in Cornwall on March 25, so we should beat that tomorrow. Widely, it will be quite a warm day.”
Mr Keates urged beach-goers to “stick on the sunscreen” and drink plenty of water to protect against higher-than-average UV levels. The strength of UV rays could hit six, which is considered “high” on the Met Office’s index.
Weekend forecast for South West
A misty start on Good Friday, brightening up once again, especially in the east, by the afternoon with some strong, warm spring sunshine on offer. Maximum temperature 20 °C.
Staying largely dry through the evening. Becoming murky in places overnight as low cloud along coasts pushes inland, bringing patches of drizzle. Some mist and fog patches developing as well. Minimum temperature 6 °C.
Mist and fog clearing on Saturday morning as low cloud lifts inland, though lingering along some southwestern coasts. Dry though the afternoon with some bright spells. Feeling warm inland. Maximum temperature 18 °C.
Outlook for Sunday to Tuesday:
Warm and largely dry on Easter Day, though rain arriving later. This clearing early on Easter Monday with bright spells and showers following. Risk of rain returns for Tuesday.
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