Hampshire can start preparing for an Easter weekend in glorious sunshine as temperatures are set to reach highs of 19C. The dry weather has been caused by high pressure which will be passing over the UK in the coming days.
It means conditions will be warmer than Barcelona over the weekend, while temperatures similar to those in the Spanish Costas are expected. But enjoy it while it lasts, as mercury is due to plummet next week.
According to the Met Office, temperatures are set to peak at 19C on Good Friday (April 15) in Andover. Mercury will hit 18C in Southampton, while the Isle of Wight will see slightly cooler highs of 15C.
Met Office forecaster Alex Deakin said that the heavy showers for parts of the UK yesterday (April 13) will gradually move away for the sunnier weather to arrive today, as the Mirror reports. “For most it is a dry night, a clear night across northern and eastern parts,” he said.
“Further south though and across eastern parts we are going to see a lot of mist and low cloud forming so quite a gray start to Thursday across the Midlands, Wales and south west England, around western coasts, particularly across the Irish Sea, so quite murky to begin with here on Thursday, that’ll take a while to clear away.”
The temperatures will start to climb, though, and it is likely to be over 20C in parts of the UK today.
“Generally it is going to be dry day for most places and probably brightening up a little after that gray start some decent spells of sunshine over northern England. It is eastern England where the temperatures are likely to get into the high teens, maybe up again over 20C in a few places,” said Mr Deakin.
“For most Good Friday is set [to be] fair, fine and dry, probably a sunny day. Certainly good spells of sunshine through the morning and some cloud will bubble up through the day, there is the possibility of one or two scattered showers during the afternoon but for most it should be dry.
“Again some coasts will be cooler and may stay murky but for most it is looking pretty pleasant with temperatures above average for the time of year, mid-high teens, 20C, 21C, maybe a little higher across the South East on Good Friday afternoon , maybe 22C or 23C in some spots.”
Outlook for the South East
Areas of mist, fog and low cloud clearing through the morning to leave a largely dry day with bright or sunny spells. Feeling warm with light winds. Maximum temperature 20C.
A dry evening with skies becoming largely clear, however after midnight areas of mist, fog and low cloud are likely to form once again. Light winds. Minimum temperature 7C.
Another warm and largely dry day, with sunny spells, once early morning mist, fog and low cloud clears, although rather cloudy at times in the west. Maximum temperature 21C.
Outlook for Saturday to Monday:
Remaining largely dry and warm this weekend, with sunny spells, but cooler near the coast due to the freshening breeze. Cloudy Monday, with outbreaks of rain, but drier further east.