BRITS are bracing for a miserable day of rain and winds before the country heats up just in time for Easter, according to the Met Office.
The Met Office warned there would be early morning showers in Northern Ireland, southwest England and western Scotland before the rain spreads across the country.
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“It will be breezy in the north and chilly under the cloud,” a Met Office spokesman added.
Despite the cool breeze in the air, the mercury could rise to 14C in some areas including Peterborough and London.
This evening is expected to be cloudy for many with outbreaks of rain in the west and north-west.
But it be dry with clear spells later in the day in south-west England and north-east Scotland.
Brits are in for an Easter treat this weekend with the weather reaching a scorching to 23C as families tuck into their chocolate eggs.
The mercury is set to reach above 20C over the Easter weekend, giving some reprieve from the Scandinavian ice blast.
Sunny and dry conditions will been seen across much of the South of England during the four-day holiday weekend.
Parts of the South East and London could reach highs of 23C, but even Cardiff and parts of Northern Ireland will see temperatures reach 21C on Saturday.
Only parts of the North West and East coast will experience slightly cooler conditions.
In Glasgow and Aberdeen, temperatures could climb to 20C, despite the UK average for this time of year being 11.5C.
Met Office forecaster Simon Partridge said Brits will feel the temperature rise throughout the week and will be treated to a sunny Good Friday.
He said: "After a chilly spell this weekend, we are going to see temperatures gradually increase through the week.
"By the weekend we could see in parts of the country temperatures of around 20C, or just above."
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A Scandinavian ice blast has sunk temperatures down to -5C in some parts this week.
The mercury sunk to a biting -6C in Cumbria over the past few days, as Brits woke to a widespread frost this morning amid the ongoing polar plunge.
Today was mostly dry and cloudy with some welcome spells of sunshine – but the mercury struggled to soar into double figures, as highs were only predicted to reach 11c.
The Met Office reported some isolated brief showers mainly in eastern areas and the far west in Cornwall and Northern Ireland.
Forecasters said: "Most areas dry with sunny spells, although chilly.
"Isolated showers possible in eastern areas, mainly near the coast.
"Cloudier and windy in the west with outbreaks of rain at times in Cornwall and perhaps western parts of Northern Ireland."
And forecasters at Meteogroup UK said : "The morning will be dry with sunny spells for many central and eastern parts, although a few showers are possible for North Sea coasts.
"Western parts will be mostly cloudy and rain may affect the far west.
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"The afternoon will be cloudy but dry for most, although rain will continue in the far west."
A Met Office spokesman said: "Temperatures are colder for this time of year.
"They should be about 13C."
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