BRITS is set to bake in 22°C weather TODAY as the Sahara blooms bring sunny skies on Good Friday.
Forecasters say the mercury will soar this weekend, with blue skies and warm bursts across the country.
The weather is good thanks to lots of fresh air coming straight from the Sahara.
But like a lot of spring sunshine, the plumage also causes a strange meteorological phenomenon.
The sky turns red as the desert sands get caught up in the atmosphere. People living in the East and Southeast may have noticed the telltale orange residue on their cars and windows.
But the Met Office says the best weather will come on Good Friday – before the Easter weekend.
They say an air current from the south will bring mild temperatures this weekend, with mercury levels peaking at 22 degrees Celsius in the southeast.
Forecasters added: “On Saturday we will see a mix of clear spells of sunshine with areas of more cloudiness and some showers.
“Those showers will be more likely to hit the Central and Western regions early in the day but could develop elsewhere at times.
“Initially, a few areas of fog and haze inland and areas of fog and haze around some of the coast will bring the temperature down a bit in those places, especially in the east. bronze.
“In other places it will feel warm, especially in any sunshine, but will probably be a bit cooler than Friday.”
Annie Shuttleworth, a meteorologist with the Met Office, said the east of England will have the best weather in the coming days.
“I think during the main bank holiday weekend we’re going to see quite above average temperatures across the UK,” she said.
“Hopefully they can be very warm in the southeast in particular.”
Although it will be hotter than usual for this time of year, Ms Shuttleworth said temperatures will not be “by the criteria of a heatwave”.
“However, it’s definitely going to be warmer than the week we just had and last week,” she said.
The highest temperature witnessed so far this year is 20.8°C.
But it will probably be a little under 2 degrees Celsius warmer than this long weekend.
“We’re going to see temperatures generally go up during the week,” Ms Shuttleworth said.
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“From Thursday onwards, the temperature could go up to 20°C, 21°C, quite possibly 22°C.”
Neil Armstrong, Head of Meteorology, said: “Most people will see some good weather over the bank holiday this weekend, and it will feel warm in many places, especially during the second half of the week. the beginning of the Easter holiday.
“However, a low pressure system will affect the north-west of the UK late Sunday, bringing unsettled weather to the north with some strong winds and rain in the northwest, with may affect driving conditions for some, but the further south it gets, the drier it gets. especially in the southeast.
“There will be varying amounts of cloud, but temperatures are more than likely to be above average for the year, although low cloud could result in lower temperatures in coastal areas.
“However, when the sun comes out, people can expect some very pleasant spring conditions.”
Jim Dale, meteorologist with British Weather Services, said: “The trend is for temperatures to go up.
“If all goes well, we might look at 20C or 21C in the south over Easter.”
Bookmakers are also expecting a scorcher, with Ladbrokes reducing its odds to 5/2 as it is the hottest Easter on record.
Spokesman Alex Apati said: “It looks like a record hot Easter could now be on the cards if the latest odds are anything to go by.”
People with hay fever despite being warned should be careful as pollen counts are set to soar.
Air allergens expert Max Wiseberg said: “The pollen season has gotten off to a rather slow start, with bad weather so far most of this spring.
“But it looks like the season could start in earnest with high pollen count forecasts across the South and East of England on Monday.”