Temperatures could reach record highs over Easter weekend

Clay Curtis
April 23, 2019

It was the same picture across the United Kingdom, with all four regions breaking their respective records, and comes on the back of NI's record-breaking Easter Sunday.

The sunshine and warm weather is expected to last throughout the Easter weekend.

The highest temperature in Wales was the 23.7C recorded at Usk in Monmouthshire, just shy of the 24.4C figure enjoyed on Easter Saturday in 2011.

The mercury hit 25C in parts of the United Kingdom on Good Friday and were forecast to rise to a possible 27C on Easter Monday. But it did not rival the all-time high for Easter Saturday: 29.4C, recorded on April 16, 1949, in Camden Square, London.

However, today is not quite the nation's hottest day of the year so far, as yesterday's mercury reached 25.5°C in Gosport Hampshire.

Scotland's record was broken on Sunday afternoon, with the mercury hitting 22.8C at Fyvie Castle in Aberdeenshire.

But the odd sharp shower may develop in the South West later, and the weather is set to break down with thunderstorms and possible flooding on Wednesday.

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Many of us have made the most of the weather.

"Thundery downpours are likely for Scotland on Wednesday night and through Thursday".

As millions made the most of the unseasonable warmth, the weather provided a challenge for those enjoying one of Easter's most treasured staples, with chocolate eggs wilting amid the heat.

Mr Hall said that in "stark contrast" to the dry and sunny conditions in the UK, Spain and the Mediterranean are seeing showers and heavy downpours.

He added: "Spain is very unsettled as we go into Easter Monday". There are temperatures of 17C to 16C in Barcelona.

Today's temperatures could hit a sweltering 27C and tomorrow is also expected to be balmy, with a "potential of 28C", according to one Met Office forecaster.

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