Heavy rain and thunder before hottest day of year reaches 22°C over Easter weekend

Easter weekend could bring the hottest temperatures of the year so far with highs of up to 22C in some parts of the UK, forecasters have said.

Warm weather is set to continue throughout the week, with dry conditions expected for most of the country ahead of the bank holiday.

However, the North West will also experience some lingering cloud, making eastern areas the best destination for sun-seekers over the weekend.

Met Office meteorologist Annie Shuttleworth said: ‘If people are travelling for sunshine, then further eastern areas are more likely to see that brighter weather.

‘I think in the main for the bank holiday weekend, we’ll see temperatures quite widely above average across the UK and hopefully they could be very warm in the South East in particular.

‘Warmer than average certainly, but nowhere near heatwave criteria.

‘It will definitely be warmer than the week we’ve just had and last week.’

The warmest temperature of the year so far has been 20.8C, meaning the highs predicted for the South East on the weekend would set a new record for 2022.

‘We’ll see temperatures generally come up through the week.

‘From Thursday onwards temperatures could reach 20, 21, quite possibly 22,’ Ms Shuttleworth said.

However, heavy rain and thunder will strike in some areas before the sun comes out.

The Met Office has predicted a band of heavy rain to move northwards throughout the country today with warnings of thundery showers in place.

Forecasters advised packing a coat and brolly as Tuesday got off to a grey start with many people waking up to mist and clouds.

Some drizzly rain is expected later in the week across the North West, though it is not likely to cause disruption.

Giving an update on Tuesday morning, forecaster Aidan McGivern at the Met Office said: ‘Warmer and drier weather is on the way over the Easter weekend.

‘But still some rain to talk about over the next couple of days

‘We’re going to see some outbreaks of showers or rain continue through Monday night and into Tuesday.

‘One area of showers becoming a larger area of rain pushing into eastern and northern Scotland through the night.

‘Next area of showers moves up then from the south, perhaps even some thundery downpours for Wales and the southwest through the night.’