THE UK is set for a hot Easter as the weekend could see hottest day of the year as temperatures rise – with Sahara dust sunsets.
It’s expected to warm up from Thursday and the long weekend could bring the hottest day of the year so far. This will beat the weather 20.8C (69.4F) recorded on 23 March.
Met Office meteorologist Annie Shuttleworth said: “This week is going to be much warmer than last week, with temperatures fairly widely above average.”
She added: “The London region is where we’re likely to see those higher temperatures, through Thursday and Friday. On the weekend temperatures will remain in the high teens or low 20s in places.
“It will be mixed and not everywhere will see the warmest temperatures. We should expect dry and bright weather.”
And, according to Sky News meteorologist Chris England, the dust blown in from the Sahara could also make for some spectacular sunrises and sunsets.
“A southerly flow and generally light winds this week mean it will be turning warmer, with temperatures of over 20C possible in places from Thursday,” Sky’s forecaster said.
Read our UK weather blog below for the latest forecasts and updates.