UK long range forecast: Britain to see scorching 24C highs with HOTTEST Easter on record

Forecasters are expecting April to see the warmest Easter since records began 136 years ago. This is due to high pressure sweeping in and mercury soaring over the coming weeks.

Brian Gaze, a forecaster for The Weather Outlook, said: “Long-range forecasts show 24C would be expected from later in the Easter period.

“South-westerly winds are likely to pull up subtropical air at times.

“With models strongly backing a warm spring, the record for the hottest spring is expected to come under pressure.”

The warmer temperatures are expected around the Easter holiday period, which will last from April 4-19.

Britain will enjoy subtropical warmth from a south-westerly breeze.

Bookmakers Coral have also cut odds on this period being the hottest on record.

Their odds have been slashed from 3/1 to 5/4.

Coral spokesman Harry Aitkenhead said: “Spring looks glorious after a soaking winter.”

Meanwhile, March through to May is expected to be 55 per cent warmer than average.

This includes 2017’s warmest spring since records began in 1884.

A Met Office spokesman told The Sun Online: “There are no strong indications it will be exceptionally warm.

“Temperatures are going to climb but it’s what you’d expect for the time of year.”

He added: “It’s worth keeping in mind there are some cold spells yet to come this week.

“Temperatures are expected to be generally in line with the seasonal norm or could be slightly above average.”

But before the pleasant weather arrives, the UK will have to endure a -3C chill and heavy rain.

Temperatures tonight will drop to -1C in northern England.

Scotland will bear the brunt of the coldest weather.

Monday will be a mostly gloomy start with rain beginning the northwest and then moving down south.

The warmer weather is highly anticipated by Britons who have endured a series of storms and may improve coronavirus symptoms.

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