Easter 2021 weather: Met Office forecast for UK bank holiday weekend
BBC Weather: UK temperatures to hit highs of 24 degrees
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Easter Sunday falls on Sunday, April 4 this year. At this time of year in the UK, the weather can be quite unpredictable. So what is the Met Office expecting for next weekend?
The weather over the Easter weekend will be quite a mixed bag across the UK.
While southern areas will bask in sunshine and warm temperatures next week, the Met Office said a cold snap could still hit.
Nick Silkstone, a Deputy Chief Meteorologist, said: “From the middle of next week, once again, we expect to see a change in the weather.
“Although there are still some uncertainties in the outlook there are signs a high-pressure system could develop by the end of next week.”
Mr Silkstone said this system would allow “cold air from the north to return across the UK bringing another dip in temperatures for Easter weekend and even a risk of some wintry showers in the northeast”.
The worst of the weather will be contained to northern parts, while the southern regions could see some sun, though temperatures are likely to be cool.
The Met Office said: “There are signs that high pressure will build to the west of the UK clearing cloud and rain southwards through late Wednesday and Thursday whilst introducing colder and largely clearer conditions across the UK.
“This is likely to bring showers to the north and along the east of the UK with these showers turning wintry over high ground, especially in the north.
“Further south and west conditions will be largely dry with variable amounts of sunshine.
“Temperatures trending towards average to below average for the time of the year and feeling rather cold at times, especially when exposed to a brisk north wind.”
The coldest Easter weekend on record came in 2013 when -12.5C was recorded at Braemar in Aberdeenshire, Scotland on Easter Sunday.
The deepest Easter snow was recorded on Good Friday in 2010 when 36cm was measured at Strathdearn, Invernessshire.
The wettest Easter was in 1991 when 108.7mm of rainfall was recorded at Seatoller, in Cumbria on Easter Monday.
What will the new lockdown rules be?
As of Monday, March 29, new rules will come into place in the UK as lockdown rules begin to ease.
Over Easter weekend, six people or two houesholds will be allowed to meet outside.
The stay-at-home rule is ending, although the government is urging people to stay local as much as possible.
Outdoor sport facilities will reopen, including golf courses, tennis and basketball courts, and outdoor swimming areas
Formally organised outdoor sports can restart
Weddings can take place, attended by up to six people
The next set of rules will come in to force on April 12 – you can read about the plan here.
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