UK weather – Easter Sunday ‘bright & warm’ after 23C bank hol scorer but make the most of it before rain hits tonight

BRITS are set to bask in more balmy temperatures today as the Easter heatwave bakes up one last hoorah.

Sun-seekers can expect highs of 19C on Sunday – but will have to make the most of the “bright and warm” weather before cloud and rain hits.

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Showgirls Jen Moore, Becky Firth, and Paige Salanki make the most of the heat in BlackpoolCredit: Dave Nelson
Bournemouth beach was filled with holidaymakers on Saturday

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Bournemouth beach was filled with holidaymakers on SaturdayCredit: BNPS
A spectacular sunrise over Glastonbury Tor, Somerset

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A spectacular sunrise over Glastonbury Tor, SomersetCredit: SWNS

Millions of Brits have rushed to beaches, parks and pools this weekend, with the mercury maxing out at 23C on Friday.

Things will remain “bright and dry” today although temperatures will feel “a little cooler” as clouds set in.

Rain is then forecast to fall overnight, with a chance of dampening spirits into the Bank Holiday Monday.

Met Office forecaster Simon Partridge, said: “Sunday is mostly dry across the vast majority of the country, apart from the far west, but it will turn slightly cloudy as the day goes on.

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“It will be more milky sunshine, because we’ll have very high level clouds coming in. But it will still be bright and dry and a little bit cooler.”

He added rain will fall mostly “overnight, from Sunday night into bank holiday Monday morning”.

Mr Partridge said: “We will see some rain across predominantly Wales, northwest England and western Scotland, but by the time most people are up, it will be dry.”

Yesterday, sun-worshipers charged down to Blackpool Beach in the North West, while Londoners soaked up the rays in Greenwich Park.

Hotels, B&Bs and restaurants have been rammed for the last couple of nights and the four-day bonanza is expected to see Brits guzzle up to 85 million pints.

They’ll also scoff 20 million burgers and 10 million sausages as BBQ’s are fired up across the nation.

The mercury soared to 23.4C in London’s St James’s Park on Friday, making Good Friday the hottest day of the year so far.

The new high beat the previous record of 20.8C set in London on March 23 and Cornwall on March 25.

And Ibiza seems cool in comparison, where highs reached 18C.

It means the UK will be hotter than parts of Spain all weekend, with the sunshine sent from a plume of hot air straight from the Sahara.

And after a glorious sunny day, happy revellers brought the party into the night as they made the most of the long weekend.

Bars and pubs in Leeds, Newcastle and other major cities were packed to the brim.

Grinning pals also happily posed for pictures as they enjoyed the festivities out on the town.

‘STICK ON THE SUNSCREEN’

It comes as millions of Brits have hit the road to make the most of the hot weather over the Easter weekend.

Benidorm in Spain was also teeming on Friday as Brits jetted in.

The Met Office has urged beach-goers to “stick on the sunscreen” and drink plenty of weather to protect themselves from the high UV levels.

Hay fever sufferers have also been warned to take care as the pollen count is set to soar.

UV rays could hit 6 in parts of the UK, which is considered “high” by the Met Office, and has been caused by slightly depleted stratospheric ozone.

But the good weather will only last until Tuesday, April 19, when some showers and cooler temperatures will hit.

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Meteorologist Greg Dewhurst told The Sun: “The weather becomes more changeable into next week with temperatures expected to return to average on Tuesday or Wednesday, but many places will still see sunny spells then.

“Rain affecting Northern Ireland and western Scotland, becoming more widespread on Monday and turning cooler. Sunshine and showers on Tuesday.”

Jen Moore 26, Becky Firth 21, Paige Salanki 22 jumped for joy at the sizzling weather on Blackpool Beach as the mercury rocketed

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Jen Moore 26, Becky Firth 21, Paige Salanki 22 jumped for joy at the sizzling weather on Blackpool Beach as the mercury rocketedCredit: Dave Nelson
Sunseekers packed out Brighton beach as the mercury hit 22C on Saturday

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Sunseekers packed out Brighton beach as the mercury hit 22C on Saturday
April's full moon, known as a Pink Moon, rose behind St Michael's Tower on Glastonbury Tor in Somerset

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April’s full moon, known as a Pink Moon, rose behind St Michael’s Tower on Glastonbury Tor in SomersetCredit: Alamy
Brits walk near an avenue of cherry blossom trees during roasting weather in Greenwich Park in South East London

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Brits walk near an avenue of cherry blossom trees during roasting weather in Greenwich Park in South East LondonCredit: LNP
Horse riders riding on a bright spring morning on Wimbledon Common, London on Saturday

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Horse riders riding on a bright spring morning on Wimbledon Common, London on SaturdayCredit: Rex
Visitors to Victoria Park in east London enjoy a sunny Saturday

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Visitors to Victoria Park in east London enjoy a sunny SaturdayCredit: LNP
Paddle boarder Michael Morris, 36, paddles at sunrise in Belhaven Bay, East Lothian, Scotland

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Paddle boarder Michael Morris, 36, paddles at sunrise in Belhaven Bay, East Lothian, ScotlandCredit: Euan Cherry
One pooch was spotted taking launching itself into the Thames River near Windsor on Saturday

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One pooch was spotted taking launching itself into the Thames River near Windsor on SaturdayCredit: STAN KUJAWA
Sunbathers on Blackpool beach made the most of the hot weather

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Sunbathers on Blackpool beach made the most of the hot weatherCredit: Dave Nelson

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