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Hottest spots this bank holiday with UK warmer than Athens for Easter weekend

High pressure over the UK means there will be dry and sunny conditions for most, with some areas seeing several consecutive days of temperatures in excess of 20C across the Easter weekend

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Easter weekend weather could see temperatures hit 22C

The UK is set for a glorious bank holiday weekend – with temperatures possibly reaching highs of 23C in some parts.

High pressure over the UK means there will be dry conditions for most, with some areas seeing several consecutive days of temperatures in excess of 20C.

According to global weather forecasts, the mercury could rise higher than in some parts of the continent.

Temperatures will be similar to those on the Spanish Costas and it could even be warmer than Barcelona over the weekend.

While today promises lots of sunshine for most area, the south east on England could see temperatures rise to a high as 23C by Good Friday – likely to be the warmest region of the UK.

Met Office forecaster Alex Deakin said: “For most Good Friday is set [to be] fair, fine and dry, probably a sunnier day.

Groups of people sit and chat together in the warm weather on Primrose Hill in London
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“Certainly good spells of sunshine through the morning and some cloud will bubble up through the day, there is the possibility of one or two scattered showers during the afternoon but for most it should be dry.

“Again some coasts will be cooler and may stay murky but for most it is looking pretty pleasant with temperatures above average for the time of year, mid-high teens, 20C, 21C, maybe a little higher across the South East on Good Friday afternoon, maybe 22C or 23C in some spots.”

In the north west, temperatures could reach a very reasonable 18C.

In Manchester Good Friday will likely similar temperatures and with sunny spells later in the afternoon – while sunny intervals and similar temperatures are predicted throughout the Saturday.

A plume of warm air is set to move across the UK this weekend
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Sunday is set to be cloudy and mild, reaching 17C, with sunny intervals predicted by the early evening. Bank Holiday Monday is expected to see similar conditions, with sunny intervals in the morning but a cloudy afternoon.

In the north east, temperatures are likely to reach around 15C on Good Friday, with sunny intervals – while Saturday could bring more grey skies and cloudy weather.

In the midlands, Good Friday looks set to be a glorious day – with Birmingham and much of the surrounding areas seeing almost back-to-back sunshine and temperatures reaching up to 18C.

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On Saturday, the Midlands is likely to see a cooler day with. more cloud cover.

Further to the south west, temperatures are set to linger around 13C on Friday, with sunny spells along with a chance of showers.

In Scotland, temperatures are forecast to be a little cooler, with highs of around 16C predicted for Saturday, while Good Friday could bring plenty of sunny spells.

UK forecast for the next 5 days

Turning warmer for most with some sunshine. Patchy night fog.

Today:

Dry for all but the far northwest. Some places starting grey and misty, but the low cloud and fog burning back to some western and perhaps southern coasts, allowing some warm sunshine for many. Some coastlines will be markedly cooler.

Dry for most, although patchy rain may affect some western fringes. Elsewhere some clear spells but also areas of low cloud and fog, most likely in the west and south.

Friday:

Most southern and eastern areas see spells of warm sunshine developing. Some western and northern regions cloudier at times with patchy rain, the odd heavy shower possible across Northern Ireland.

Outlook for Saturday to Monday:

Some mist or fog near coasts but mainly dry with warm spells of sunshine over the weekend. Some showers possible at times. Rain from the west later Sunday into Monday.

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