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UK weather forecast: Easter 'heatwave' begins TODAY with temperatures to hit 25C

Mirror logo Mirror 17/04/2019 Chris kitching

© Getty Britons are set to enjoy a run of very warm and sunny weather with temperatures that could peak at 25C over the Easter bank holiday weekend.

Temperatures will be about ten degrees above average and there will be plenty of dry and sunny weather across the UK as high pressure builds and warm air is blown in from mainland Europe.

The sun is getting stronger and it is going to feel very warm from Wednesday through the weekend, with the hottest temperatures likely on Saturday as Britons head to parks or beaches, or bring out their barbecues for the first time this year.

However the dry and sunny conditions will be life-threatening for millions of asthma sufferers and cause misery for people with hay fever as a "deadly pollen bomb" hits.

a close up of a map: Warm air is set to sweep in from mainland Europe © WXCHARTS Warm air is set to sweep in from mainland Europe

Monday will be a fine and sunny day once early mist, fog and low cloud clears in the morning, the Met Office said.

A yellow warning for fog for parts of Hampshire, Dorset, Wiltshire, Somerset and Devon is due to end at 9am.

Temperatures could exceed 20C in places with prolonged sunshine, although isolated showers are likely in eastern England later in the afternoon and it will feel cooler along North Sea coasts.

a group of people on a beach: Some beaches will be busy this weekend © REX/Shutterstock Some beaches will be busy this weekend UV levels will be moderate across the country.

But pollen levels will be dangerously high for most of the UK this week and this weekend. 

Monday evening will be dry for most of the country with some haze and mist across southern and central parts, and patches of cloud and coastal fog elsewhere.

Thursday will be slightly warmer, around 21-22C, but it will feel cooler in eastern counties.

On Good Friday, temperatures are expected to hit 22C followed by highs of 23C on Saturday.

There is a chance that some places could see highs of 25C in prolonged sunshine.

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Met Office Chief Meteorologist Steve Willington said: "From Wednesday temperatures will start to rise day by day and with the sun getting stronger at this time of year, it’s going to feel warm or very warm by the time we get to Good Friday and Easter Saturday.

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“Temperatures will reach into the low 20s Celsius quite widely and there’s a good chance some places in the south could see temperatures peaking around 23 Celsius.

"With temperatures usually around 10-13C at this time of year, it’s certainly going to be significantly warmer than average this Easter weekend and quite a contrast to the colder weather we have seen so far this month.”

The warm and sunny weather might not stick around for everyone through the whole weekend, he warned.

a group of people in a field: Two girls walk through a field of colourful tulips near King's Lynn, Norfolk © PA Two girls walk through a field of colourful tulips near King's Lynn, Norfolk Mr Willington added: “It currently looks like more changeable and cooler weather will arrive from the northwest from Easter Sunday, however there remains the chance that southeastern parts of the country could remain warm and settled into Easter Monday.

"With this uncertainty in mind, our advice is to keep up to date with the latest forecast if you are making plans.”

The highest temperature recorded over an Easter weekend has been reached four times, with Heathrow (London), Mildenhall (Suffolk) and Wisley (Surrey) recording 27.8C in 1949 and once again in Wisley in 2011, the Met Office said.

Sonia Munde, Head of Services at Asthma UK, told Mirror Online: “A deadly pollen bomb is due to hit this week, putting people with asthma at risk of a potentially life-threatening asthma attack.

"Around 3.3million people with asthma are affected pollen, which can cause symptoms such as wheezing, a tight chest or coughing.

“Trees have been releasing their pollen for several weeks, but the warm spring weather is going to make these pollen levels spike.

"If you’re already getting symptoms, it’s not too late to help yourself stay well."

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Met Office five-day weather forecast


A fine and sunny day once any early mist, fog, and low cloud clears through the first part of the morning.

Isolated showers across eastern England later in the afternoon.

Feeling cooler for North Sea coasts with an onshore breeze.

Wednesday night

A dry night for much of the UK.

Some haze and mist forming across southern and central parts overnight with some patches of cloud and coastal fog elsewhere.


A warm, dry, and sunny day.

Some mist or haze first thing, but this clearing quickly through the morning.

Again, feeling cooler for eastern counties with the onshore wind.

Friday to Sunday

Mainly warm and sunny on Friday and Saturday after early mist or fog quickly clears.

Fine and sunny in the south on Sunday, but cloudier with light rain further north.


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