Easter holiday weather forecast: Brits to bask in 20C sunshine for long weekend after Arctic blast

STUNNING spring weather will return for the Easter weekend – and Brits will bask in 20C sunshine after the bitter Arctic blast.

The mercury is set to rocket following a bizarre spell of weather which saw lambs lifted into the air by a 144mph tornado, freezing frost and the very unwelcome return of wintry snow.

Last night, it was a chilly -6C in parts of the UK, but by the middle of next week, it's set to be a whopping 26C higher than that, with highs of up to 20C possible.

Met Office forecasters said the weather will be "mostly dry with light winds" – although it's likely to be cloudy near the coastline.

Meteorologists say the best day for warmth is likely to be Wednesday.

"Through Thursday, some showers are likely to develop in places, and some rain may spread into the far west later," they said.

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"For the rest of the period, a northwest-southeast split of weather is likely to form, with the northwest remaining more changeable with strong winds and rain at times.

"Some rain may occasionally spread into parts in the southeast at first but it is likely to turn dry and become generally much more settled, though perhaps rather cloudy, in the south, with lighter winds through to the end of this period.

"Temperatures are expected to be above average, and warm at times for the south."

Aidan McGivern of the Met Office said: "Warmer weather is on the way from the start of next week.

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"We could even see 20C in the south-east."

Jim Dale, the founder of British Weather Services, told Express.co.uk that “there’s definitely warmth there” ahead of the weekend.

He noted the “sun has got its hat on”, which will likely stay for a “settled, pleasant Easter”.

But those who love the balmy days should make the most of them.

By the end of the Easter weekend, temperatures will dip toward zero in the early mornings.

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WXCharts says the south-east and north-west of the country will wake to -1C on Monday, April 18.

It'll be colder still in Wales, with -2C predicted.

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