Easter scorcher to begin TOMORROW with hottest day of the year this weekend 

AN EASTER scorcher will begin tomorrow – with the hottest day of the year so far expected this weekend.

Forecasters say the mercury could rocket as high as 22C, with sunny skies expected across the country.

The good weather comes courtesy of a plume of balmy air straight from the Sahara.

But as well as plenty of spring sunshine, the plume also caused a bizarre meteorological phenomenon.

Skies turned red as desert sand was swept into the atmosphere. People living in the East and South East may have spotted tell-tale orange sediment on their cars and windows.

Annie Shuttleworth, a Met Office meterologist, says the East of England will see the best of the weather in the days to come.

“I think in the main for the bank holiday weekend, we’ll see temperatures quite widely above average across the UK,” she said.

“Hopefully they could be very warm in the south-east in particular.”

Although it’ll be hotter than it usually is at this time of year, Ms Shuttleworth says temperatures will be “nowhere near heatwave criteria”.

“However, it’ll definitely be warmer than the week we’ve just had and last week,” she said.

The highest temperatures seen so far this year hit 20.8C.

But it’s likely to be a little under 2C warmer than that this long weekend.

“We’ll see temperatures generally come up through the week,” Ms Shuttleworth said.

“From Thursday onwards, temperatures could reach 20C, 21C, quite possibly 22C.”

Jim Dale, meteorologist for British Weather Services, said: “The trend is for temperatures to rise.

“If things play out, we could be looking at 20C or 21C in the south over Easter.”