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UK Easter weather: Britain will be hotter than Mallorca, Ibiza and Malta on Good Friday

UK Easter weather: Britain will be hotter than Mallorca, Ibiza and Malta on Good Friday

With families heading abroad in the coming days, fearing airport chaos could ruin their Easter break, the weather forecast for Britain could leave them wondering why they even bothered to travel abroad. to book.

For parts of the UK will enjoy warm temperatures over the four-day holiday, starting with 21C (70F) on Good Friday in South East England – above a swath of European holiday islands that Brits head to.

The heat is comparable to 20C (68F) in both Mallorca and Madeira, and 18C (64F) in Ibiza, Malta and Crete. England will also be warmer than Barcelona (19C/66F) and Porto (18C/64F) and comparable to Nice and Athens (21C/70F).

Pleasant temperatures in the UK are expected to last until at least Easter Sunday before dropping only slightly in Easter Monday, with the record for the hottest day of 2022 so far expected to be broken in the coming days.

The hottest day of the year so far was March 23, when 20.8C (69.4F) was measured in London’s St James’s Park. But temperatures are now rising again, and Holbeach in Lincolnshire was the hot spot yesterday at 20.4C (68.7F).

Meanwhile, the Met Office has warned hay fever sufferers that pollen levels will be high across England and Wales in the coming days – with tree pollen, including elm, ash and birch, currently posing the greatest risk.

UK Easter weather: Britain will be hotter than Mallorca, Ibiza and Malta on Good Friday

A dog walker at sunrise on Tynemouth beach in North Tyneside this morning as temperatures warm for Easter

A dog walker at sunrise on Tynemouth beach in North Tyneside this morning as temperatures warm for Easter

Wednesday's forecast

Thursday's forecast

Good Friday weather forecast

Saturday's forecast

A cyclist makes his way through Richmond Park in South West London this morning as the sun rises

A cyclist makes his way through Richmond Park in South West London this morning as the sun rises

Today early bursts of rain and drizzle over Scotland will clear eastwards during the morning and then it will be mostly dry with dense cloud to reveal periods of sunshine, the best of which are in England and Wales.

Forecasters said there is also a chance of showers or rain during the day before this evening will be mostly dry with late spells of sunshine and any daytime showers settling down.

The night will then be dry with long and clear periods, although mist and mist will form. At dawn, thick clouds will also form in Northern Ireland, Scotland, Wales and western England, with drizzle

Tomorrow early fog clouds will lift and it will be mostly dull and cloudy during the day with outbreaks of rain spreading across Northern Ireland and western Scotland, but it will be mostly light and patchy.

Later, clear or sunny spells will break through dense cloud cover in England and Wales – before Friday brings a generally dry spell with clear or sunny spells and varying amounts of cloud.

Pollen forecast for Wednesday

Pollen forecast for Thursday

Pollen forecast for Friday

There is also a chance of a shower or rain in the west. Saturday will remain dry with long periods of sunshine, but variable clouds with a chance of showers in the north and west

Meteorologist Aidan McGivern said of today’s weather: ‘It’s been a dull and damp start for many – lots of low cloud, fog and mist around some southern and western coasts.

“Inland it will clear slowly and the rain for North East Scotland will eventually stop, but plenty of cloud will remain for East Scotland while sunny spells emerge elsewhere.

And as temperatures rise, heavy showers will develop especially for the heart of England and Wales, East Wales and Central England, with the possibility of quite brisk downpours.

‘But outside the showers, tall teenagers and in places low -20C can see a 22C (72F) anywhere from the West Country to the East of England.

Surfers take to the North Sea this morning against the backdrop of a glorious sunrise at Tynemouth Beach in North Tyneside

Surfers take to the North Sea this morning against the backdrop of a glorious sunrise at Tynemouth Beach in North Tyneside

Cyclists make their way through Richmond Park in South West London this morning as the sun rises

Cyclists make their way through Richmond Park in South West London this morning as the sun rises

Surfers take to the water at sunrise today at Tynemouth Beach in North Tyneside, two days before the Easter weekend

Surfers take to the water at sunrise today at Tynemouth Beach in North Tyneside, two days before the Easter weekend

“And further north it will also be a bit milder than Tuesday with the wind coming from a different direction and carrying that rain.”

Looking ahead, he continued: “Clearances will break out on Wednesday night, still some showers, mainly to the northeast, but otherwise a drier interlude and clearer skies on Thursday for many – and that warm weather continues into the early Easter weekend.”

It comes as consumer groups have called on the government to crack down on the airline industry – including giving authorities the power to fine airlines – as airport travel continues today.

Holidaymakers were once again faced with ‘carnage’ at Manchester Airport this morning, with long check-in queues and security delays – while arrivals in Stansted faced ‘snail’s pace’ queues at passport control.

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