UK temperatures set to hit 23C for Easter weekend

UK temperatures set to hit 23C for Easter weekend

Thursday, April 18, 2019

The UK is set for some Easter sunshine as warm weather is forecasted for this weekend.

The good weather means people are being warned of traffic jams as millions plan to set out for the bank holiday.

The UK will see dry and sunny weather with temperatures in the low 20C and peaking at 23C in the south, according to the Met Office.

Weather Trending meteorologist John Hammond said he was confident of dry clear skies right through the bank holiday weekend.

He told talkRADIO’s Julia Hartley-Brewer: “Virtually the whole of the UK is in the same boat with fine warm weather, it won’t be oppressively hot.

“We ride a bit of a wave in this country, we had a mild winter and a chilly start to spring and now it’s going to get warmer again.

“It’s not down to climate change, these things happen of course. If you cast your mind back a week or two it was very cold, the weather is just evening itself out at the moment.”

A horserider passes oilseed rape growing in a field close to Compton, near Newbury in Berkshire.

He added there are warm prospects for next week but we should expect a run of the mill British summer.

New figures suggest about 10 million people are preparing to head off for Easter with Good Friday being the busiest day to travel.

Research by the RAC and Inrix suggests 4.4 million car journeys for leisure trips will be made tomorrow, expecting to cause major routes to be clogged with the worst expected between 11am and 4.30pm.

A survey of 1,258 people by tourist board VisitEngland indicates that 7.4 million have planned an overnight trip in the UK this weekend; this is up from 4.8 million last year.

Rail passengers also face disruption as Network Rail carries out engineering work.

London Euston, the fifth busiest station in the UK, will be closed between Good Friday and Easter Monday.

VisitEngland director Patricia Yates said: "It is great to see so many Brits are planning holidays at home in the UK in what is set to be a cracking Easter, bringing a boost for businesses and local economies as the summer season gets under way.”

Reporting by Wesley Hudson.