Britons will cook at 22C TODAY on Good Friday as the Saharan plume brings sunny skies

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BRITS are expected to cook in 22C weather TODAY as a Saharan plume brings sunny skies on Good Friday.

Forecasters say the mercury will soar this weekend, with blue skies and warm blasts expected across the country.

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Two women enjoy the warm Lancashire weather
People are making the most of the milder temperatures and heading to the beach in Bournemouth, Dorset, as the Easter holidays continue

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People are making the most of the milder temperatures and heading to the beach in Bournemouth, Dorset, as the Easter holidays continueCredit: BNPS
People relax in the warm spring sunshine in Green Park, London

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People relax in the warm spring sunshine in Green Park, London
A shirtless man jogs in the scorching heat of the Potters Fields along the River London

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A shirtless man jogs in the scorching heat of the Potters Fields along the River London

The good weather comes thanks to a plume of mild air straight from the Sahara.

But in addition to lots of spring sunshine, the plume also caused a bizarre weather phenomenon.

The sky turned red as desert sand was swept into the atmosphere. Residents of the East and Southeast may have spotted telltale orange sediment on their cars and windows.

But the Met Office said the best time would come on Good Friday – before the Easter weekend.

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They said the southern airflow will bring mild temperatures this weekend, with the mercury peaking at 22C in the southeast.

The forecasters added: “Saturday we will see a mix of clear sunny spells with cloudier areas and some showers.

“These showers will most likely be in central and western regions early in the day, but could occasionally develop elsewhere.

“A few patches of fog and fog inland at the start and more extensive areas of low cloud and fog around some coasts will reduce temperatures a bit in those places, especially in the east.

“Elsewhere it will be hot, especially in any sun, but maybe a bit cooler than Friday.”

Met Office meteorologist Annie Shuttleworth said the east of England will see the best weather in the coming days.

“I think overall for the Bank Holiday weekend we will see quite significantly above average temperatures across the UK,” she said.

“Hopefully they could be very hot in the southeast in particular.”

Although it will be warmer than usual at this time of year, Ms Shuttleworth says the temperatures will be “far from heat wave criteria”.

“However, it will definitely be warmer than the week we just had and last week,” she said.

The highest temperatures seen so far this year reached 20.8C.

But it will probably be a little less than 2°C warmer than that this long weekend.

“We will generally see temperatures rise throughout the week,” Ms Shuttleworth said.

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“From Thursday, temperatures could reach 20C, 21C, most likely 22C.”

Neil Armstrong, chief meteorologist, said: “Most people will see spells of decent bank holiday weather this weekend, and it will be hot in places, especially during the first half of the Easter holiday.

“However, a low pressure system will affect the North West of the UK later on Sunday bringing choppy weather to the north with strong winds and rain in the North West which could impact conditions. driving for some, but further south it will be drier, especially in the southeast.

“There will be varying amounts of cloud, but temperatures will be well above average for the time of year, although low cloud may keep temperatures lower in coastal areas.

“However, where the sun rises, people can expect very pleasant spring conditions.”

Jim Dale, meteorologist for British Weather Services, said: “The trend is for temperatures to rise.

“If things pan out, we could be looking at 20C or 21C in the south at Easter.”

Bookies are also expecting a scorcher, with Ladbrokes cutting their odds to 5/2 as it is the hottest Easter on record.

Spokesman Alex Apati said: “It looks like a record-breaking Easter could now be on the cards if the last odds are good.”

Hay fever sufferers, however, have been warned to be careful as pollen counts are set to skyrocket.

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Airborne allergen expert Max Wiseberg said: “The start of the tree pollen season has been slow, with bad weather so far most of this spring.

“But it looks like the season could get off to a serious start with high pollen counts forecast for the south and east of England on Monday.”

Brits will cook in Mediterranean-style heat over the holiday weekend

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Brits will cook in Mediterranean-style heat over the holiday weekendCredit: Dave Nelson
Calm sunny conditions at dawn as the sun rises over the marina in the North West of England

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Calm sunny conditions at dawn as the sun rises over the marina in the North West of England
Searing heat of 22C is expected for the Easter long weekend

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Searing heat of 22C is expected for the Easter long weekendCredit: BNPS
aerial view of the pier and harbor at the seaside resort of West Bay in Dorset on a day of clear blue skies and sunshine

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aerial view of the pier and harbor at the seaside resort of West Bay in Dorset on a day of clear blue skies and sunshine1 credit
People walking down an alley of cherry blossoms on a sunny day in Greenwich Park in south east London

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People walking down an alley of cherry blossoms on a sunny day in Greenwich Park in south east LondonCredit: LNP
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