BRITS could see the warmest Easter Sunday for 178 years as an enormous hot air plume sweeps in from Greece.
The UK could even challenge balmy temperatures in Malibu, California, as forecasters predict the arrival of an 880-mile plume from the Mediterranean.
MeteoGroup forecaster Richard Martin-Barton said: “Easter Sunday will be close to its UK temperature record.
“The London area is forecast 24C on Friday, 25C on Saturday and around 24C on Sunday.
“There will be perfect conditions for a BBQ and the hottest day of the year will go for sure.”
And Met Office forecaster Mark Wilson said: “Warm air coming from south-east Europe around Greece and Italy means an Easter weekend with plenty of sunshine.
“In Scotland, Good Friday looks like 20C. 22C is possible on Saturday. It will be cooler into Monday in Scotland.
“In England, 24C is due on Saturday and Sunday, and to get to 25C would need more prolonged sunshine.”
Malibu is due to see 19C at the weekend, meaning the UK could well smash the sunny Californian spot.
Supermarkets have braced for a BBQ food rush as the warm weather will send people rushing out to enjoy the sunshine.
Asda is expected to sell close to 750,000 burgers and 350,000 sausages, and Sainsbury’s is set to see ice lolly sales quadruple, sales trends show.
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After a chilly start to the month, experts say a shift in air mass means temperatures are steadily creeping up.
Warm air from the Mediterranean will blow into the south and head northwards meaning much of the country will get to enjoy the heatwave.
Weather forecasters have suggested “above average” temperatures could possibly continue into May.
The Met Office 30-day forecast predicts May temperatures to be “above average”, following on from the “very warm” Easter weekend.
Temperatures should stay warm for the rest of April, but with some showers among the “drier, brighter spells”.
And experts say hay fever season has landed three weeks early this year after an unusually warm winter, which saw temperatures soar to 21C.
It means birch tree pollen – which affects one in four hay fever sufferers – is already being released across the country.
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Experts say that’s bad news for 3.3million people whose asthma is worsened by pollen and warn sufferers to take extra care.
More than 27million cars will flood UK roads over the Easter break, new research has revealed.
Drivers across the country will hit the road as early as today in a bid to dodge heavy traffic expected over the weekend.
The Meeker family enjoy a cycle ride on a warm sunny day through Stanmer Park in Brighton[/caption]
Misty sunrise at Corfe Castle in Dorset today as the Easter heatwave begins[/caption]
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