Wales, Scotland, NI see warmest Easter Sunday

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Temperatures of 20 degrees are expected and set to remain again for Easter Monday.

The Met Office says the nation is well on the way to having record-breaking Easter Sunday temperatures. That was on April 5 2015.

Tonight (Friday) will be a calm and dry night with fog patches which will give way to a dry warm day on Saturday with spells of warm hazy sunshine.

The warm weather is caused by high pressure, according to the Met Office.

Newcastle saw temperatures of 23C compared to an 11C average while Manchester and Birmingham both enjoyed 24C, up from 13C and 14C on average respectively.

The highest temperature of this bright, sunny and dry Easter Sunday in England was the 24.6C which was reached at Heathrow.

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Quite warm this afternoon where we see some sunshine, temperatures reaching 19-20C across eastern England, 14-18C elsewhere, though across eastern Scotland it will be chillier with onshore breeze and low cloud - perhaps not better than 11-12C here.

Met Eireann says that latest indications suggest that it will be breezier generally on Monday especially on the west coast.

But though Easter Monday 2019 was warm for the time of year, the temperatures still had some way to travel to beat the warmest Easter holiday ever with a measurement of 29.4C in Camden Square, London in 1949. Roberts said that these last two top temperatures were the ones that could beexceeded this weekend.

The warmest Easter Mondays recorded nationally were 21.4C in Culzean Castle, Scotland, in 2014, 23.2C in Nantmoor in Wales in 1984, and 21.1C in Knockarevan in Northern Ireland, also in 1984.

Michael Mancini, who owns the Ice Cream Factory, which has been a popular destination in Troon for 14 years, said: "Once you get a forecast of 20C, it just goes absolute mental".

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