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Tuesday 20th August 2019

Brits to bask in 24C this weekend as Easter heatwave begins TODAY

Temperatures could reach 24C over the Bank Holiday

Weather experts have predicted six weeks of scorching weather following the Easter weekend - and the heatwave is expected to start today.

Temperatures could soar up to 24C over the Bank Holiday, about ten degrees above then average for this time of year.

Warm air travelling in from Europe as high pressure builds should ensure dry and sunny conditions.

And is it expected to become warmer as the week goes by, hitting a peak on Saturday.

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The Met Office’s Steve Willington is reported to have told the Mirror's website: "From Wednesday temperatures will start to rise day by day and with the sun getting stronger at this time of year, it’s going to feel warm or very warm by the time we get to Good Friday and Easter Saturday.

"Temperatures will reach into the low 20s Celsius quite widely and there’s a good chance some places in the south could see temperatures peaking around 23 Celsius.

We are likely to see some further potentially substantial warm spells and these will continue at times through May.

"With temperatures usually around 10-13C at this time of year, it’s certainly going to be significantly warmer than average this Easter weekend and quite a contrast to the colder weather we have seen so far this month."

However, the chief meteorologist also warned there could be more changeable conditions arriving on Easter Sunday for some areas.

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Do you like our new way of displaying temperatures 🌡 on a map? . Maximum temperatures during the rest of this week are represented by vertical bars rising from the ground. . Higher temperatures result in higher bars. Those bars also change from colder to warmer colours. . Clearly, much warmer weather is on the way for later this week and the start of the #easterweekend . Increasingly sunny skies from Wednesday will cause temperatures to rise during the rest of this week. . Between Thursday and Good Friday we can expect long spells of sunshine 🌞 throughout the British Isles. Of course, at this time of year the sun is rapidly gaining in strength – don’t forget to slap on the sun cream! – but at the same time, it will feel increasingly warm in the strengthening sun. Temperatures will exceed 20 celsius in many places by Good Friday and on Saturday we could reach 23 or even 24 degrees. . A change in weather is likely later this weekend, as the weather becomes cooler and more mixed from the northwest during the second half of the Bank Holiday weekend. . . . #loveukweather #easter #datavisualization #temperature

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Exacta Weather forecaster James Madden recently told the Express' website  the warm spell may continue for several weeks.

He said: "Later in April we are likely to see some further potentially substantial warm spells and these will continue at times through May.

"This will pave the way for what could be a warm start to summer, although this comes with some caveats sue to deviations in the jet stream."

The hottest temperature recorded over an Easter weekend is believed to be 27.8C, achieved in both 1949 and 2011.

Patches of rain could fall in the east of England later this afternoon and it could feel cooler on the North Sea coastline but a sunny day is forecast for most of the country.

Tonight is expected to be dry and Thursday is also predicted to be warm and sunny as the temperature rises.

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