BOOKIES have slashed the odds on this Easter being the hottest ever following next week’s 20C ‘mini heatwave’.
Leading bookmaker Coral slashed the odds to 1-2 (from 5-4) on this Easter being the hottest on record in the UK.
The firm goes 4-5 for next month to end as the hottest April since records began, while it is 4-9 that 2021 is the hottest year ever.
“With temperatures set to rise early next month, the odds on a record hot Easter weekend are melting quicker than Easter eggs under the sun,” said Coral’s John Hill.
“Not only can we expected a sweltering Easter, April looks set to be a glorious month this year, according to our betting,” added Hill.
It comes as Brits prepare to bask in 20C heat as the lockdown rules are eased to allow groups of six to meet outdoors.
Temperatures are expected to hit a high of 20C just in time for the Easter bank holiday weekend.
Met Office meteorologist Alex Burkill said: “Temperatures should start to pick up… the general trend is largely fine weather into the Bank Holiday weekend.”
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Saturday will be mostly dry with bright spells however there will also be a lot of cloud around which will bring the threat of a few spots of drizzle.
Sunday will be largely cloudy with spells of rain or drizzle which will be most frequent across northern and western areas. Brighter at times, the Meteogroup has forecast.
‘DANGER NOT OVER’ FOR AUSSIES
Aussies hit by devastating floodwaters began returning to their homes on Thursday as skies cleared and authorities accelerated clean-up efforts, though fresh evacuation orders were issued in some areas where water levels were still rising.
Relentless rains for five straight days – the worst downpour in more than half a century – burst river banks, inundating homes, roads, bridges and farms and cutting off entire towns in Australia’s east. More than 40,000 people were forced to move to safe zones and two men were killed after their cars became trapped in floodwaters.
Water continued to flow from overloaded dams and rivers on Thursday, particularly in New South Wales state, leading authorities to urge caution.
“Even though the sun is now shining, the danger has not passed,” the Australian Bureau of Meteorology said in a statement.
CLOUDY START TO FRIDAY WITH RAIN LATER
A largely cloudy start to the day on Friday with early outbreaks of rain across England and Wales clearing eastwards.
It will then be bright with a mixture of spells of sunshine and scattered showers which will spread in from the west.
Showers will be locally heavy and wintry in nature at times, the Meteogroup predicts.
HEAVIEST SHOWERS IN NORTH AND NORTHWEST
The North and Northwest will see the worst of today’s showers, according to the Met Office.
In a Twitter update the forecaster said: “A fresh feeling start to Thursday with sunny spells and a few showers across the south of the UK.
“There’ll be heavier showers across the north and northwest, these perhaps giving some longer spells of rain in places.”
Brits can expect some daytime showers today although this evening is due to be dry, the Meteogroup reports.
A largely dry evening with late bright spells and daytime showers will largely ease and turn increasingly patchy.
Overnight, thick cloud cover will build in from the west bringing outbreaks of mostly light rain and drizzle.
Remaining cloudy by dawn with wintry showers spreading into western Scotland.
WAITING FOR SUNSHINE
Meteogroup UK says the weekend will be largely dry with bright spells.
Forecasters for the service said: “Saturday will be mostly dry with bright spells.
“However, there will also be a lot of cloud around which will bring the threat of a few spots of drizzle.
“Sunday will be largely cloudy with spells of rain or drizzle which will be most frequent across northern and western areas. Brighter at times.”
ODDS CUT ON UK’S HOTTEST EVER SUMMER THIS YEAR
Bookmaker Coral makes it a 2-1 chance (cut from 3-1) that the UK enjoys its warmest summer on record this year.
Temperature are forecast to rise around Easter and hopes are high for some sweltering weather through the summer months.
Coral go 11-8 that the UK’s hottest ever temperature is recorded at any point in 2021.
“We’ve seen off winter now and are looking forward to some balmy April weather now which has left us wondering what the chances of a scorching summer are. We think it’s well and truly on the cards and go just 2-1 that this year brings our hottest ever summer,” said Coral’s Harry Aitkenhead.
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