Easter weather: bank holiday temperatures could break United Kingdom records

Larry Hoffman
April 25, 2019

Back then the mercury also reached 25.3C on Easter Sunday and 24C on Easter Monday, both in the Solent. But generally, today will be a cloudier day across many areas, with some heavy and thundery showers breaking out and drifting north across Wales and parts of England later.

Supermarkets stocked up on barbecue meats and sun cream, as the Met Office said Saturday would be "glorious".

In Northern Ireland, temperatures reached a height of 21.4°C and in Wales things heated up to 23.5°C.

Many made the most of the last day of the bank holiday weekend, packing beaches and parks to soak up the spring sunshine. The sun-drenched weekend had already seen Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland experience their hottest ever Easter Sunday.

A spokesperson for the Met Office said: "These thunderstorms bring the potential for lightning strikes and hail, with sudden downpours and gusty winds".

Thunderstorms are set to hit the city today between 1pm and 9pm.

Met Office meteorologist Mark Wilson said: "There will be a massive change in the weather this week as we see a breakdown from the south with heavy showers spreading northwards through Wednesday". Around 750,000 holidaymakers visited Cornwall while 300,000 went to Brighton beach.

The weather experts have announced that three out of the four United Kingdom countries have seen their highest temperatures on record for an Easter Sunday so far.

Many people should be able to enjoy an Easter Day that is fine, dry and has plenty of sunshine which may be hazy for some in the north and west.

Supermarket giants Asda, Sainsbury's and Waitrose said they expected an increase in sales of sausages and burgers, ice lollies and ice creams as Scots and the rest of the United Kingdom headed to their gardens to enjoy barbecues.

Scotland's top Easter hotspot was Achnagart in 2003 with 25.3C recorded.

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