UK weather forecast – Brits to bake in 22C Easter Monday scorcher as cracking bank holiday sunshine continues

BRITS are set to bake in yet another glorious day of sunshine as temperatures are expected to rise to 22C in an Easter Monday scorcher.

The Met Office said it was set to be warm, with temperatures peaking in the mid-20s, though the sunshine will be hazy across southern England and Wales.

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Brits flock enjoy the sun as temperatures remain above average for Easter holidays

The odd sharp shower may develop in the South West later.

It comes after Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland each enjoyed their warmest Easter Sunday on record, the Met Office said.

Temperatures reached 23.4C at both Cardiff's Bute Park, in Wales, and at Scotland's Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh, while 21C was recorded at Helen's Bay in Northern Ireland.

These beat the temperatures of 21.6C in Brynamman, Wales, in 1984, along with 20.7C in Aboyne, Scotland, in 2015, and 19.4C in Armagh in Northern Ireland dating back to 1924, which were the previous Easter Sunday records.

The highest temperature of this bright, sunny and dry Easter Sunday in England was the 24.6C which was reached at Heathrow.

This was still shy of the top Easter Sunday temperature from 2011 when the mercury reached 25.3C in the Solent.

RECORD-BREAKER?

The UK's warmest Easter temperature was the 29.4C recorded at Camden Square in London on Easter Saturday in 1949.

The other warmest Easter weekend days include the 26.9C recorded at London's St James's Park on Good Friday in 2011 – when the mercury also reached 25.3C on Easter Sunday and 24C on Easter Monday, both in the Solent.

Met Office meteorologist Dan 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. There are certainly cooler conditions there compared to the UK."

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WILDFIRES

Firefighters battled a large wildfire on the famous Ilkley Moor in West Yorkshire over the weekend after the blaze broke out on Saturday – which was the hottest day of the year so far.

A helicopter was brought in to help fight the fire.

More than 70 firefighters battled the flames, just south of the town of Ilkley, and police were deployed to keep people away from the area.

West Yorkshire Fire Service said on Sunday morning that 12 crews were on the moor using water jets and beaters.

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A spokesman said: "Specialist wildfire units are also in attendance and a helicopter will be assisting with overhead water attack."

Sergeant Terri Green, from West Yorkshire Police, said on Twitter: "Please stay away from Ilkley Moor today. Deploying many officers to cordon it off due to dangerous conditions due to the fire. Going to need plenty of water and sun cream today for my team and I."

The dry, sunny and very warm temperatures have brought high risk of wildfires in Yorkshire and north-west England, and a moderate likelihood for Wales and south-west England, according to the Met Office.

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