Book a staycation! Britain set for warmest day of the year this weekend

Book a staycation! Britain set for warmest day of the year this weekend

It's not too late to book that Easter mini break - and it looks like this weekend's the right time to do it, as weather forecasters are predicting the warmest day of the year so far.

Temperatures are set to hover around a reasonably chilly 5C to 10C until Thursday, after which things should be heating up.

By Sunday, temps could hit up to 21C, making it set to be the hottest day of the year so far.

Leon Brown, meteorologist at The Weather Channel, told Aol Travel: "This week we will see quite a north to south divide at times with the north east (east Scotland and north east England) feeling bitterly cold at times in easterly winds off the very chilly North Sea. Often not lifting above 5C by day and night frosts over Scotland and northern England. There could even be some fresh snow over the hills inland over north east Britain, too.

"Over the south, temperatures are depressed until Thursday at 7C to 9C at best in easterly winds. Rain will spread northwards during Wednesday, followed by some milder weather in the south east briefly on Thursday, but this is only the norm for mid-April."

And now for the best bit. Leon added: "The real push of warmer weather and winds from the south/south west is over the weekend as the whole weather pattern finally changes and we lose the colder block sitting to our north east.

"Everywhere feeling the benefit by Sunday with temperatures up to 21C and the warmest day of the year so far."

Looking into next week, Leon told Aol Travel that temperatures are likely to dip again, but we may see a burst of spring blooms. He said: "Still warm in the south early next week, but gradually falling back to normal again thereafter.

"Everything will bloom though after rain and then higher temperatures so I am sure plants will quickly catch up and blossom. Probably very colourful since the earlier bulbs and daffodils will reach their peak a lot later and at the same time as other spring flowers that normally flower later."

Dan Williams, spokesman at the Met Office, also predicted it will warm up for the weekend, telling Aol Travel: "It looks like things may get a bit milder for the weekend – particularly Sunday.

"At the moment the warmest day of the year so far has been 6 March with 17.5C at Trawscoed, Powys.

"It's not possible to say yet whether Sunday might top that, but it does look to be milder than it has been of late."

Get the BBQ out! Or head to one of these top British beaches and soak up the rays:

The UK's ten best beaches (according to Tripadvisor)
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Book a staycation! Britain set for warmest day of the year this weekend

The good: "Great beach with sand dunes for shelter from the wind and a lovely gentle slope into the water. Nice clean beach."

The bad: "Not really a beach for sunbathing or swimming, but a beautiful place for a walk. Well worth a visit."

Did you know? Oscar-winning actress Tilda Swinton lives in Nairn.

The good: "One of the 10,0000 wonders of the world" raves one Tripadvisor reviewer, while another calls it a "sandcastle makers heaven!"
The bad: "What's all the fuss about? 60's apartments and tacky seaside galore.Did you know? Property here is notoriously pricey. In 2009 a 1,393-square-metre plot was reported to have been put up for sale for £13.5 million. Some houses going for a steal at £7,750,000!

The good: "Just watch the waves all day. Sunny but very windy day which is the best way to see Fistral Beach. Can spend hours walking around the headland then sit and have a drink whilst watching the surfers."
The bad: "Parking restrictions a nightmare."
Did you know? The British Surfing Association, Newquay Surf Life Saving Club and the Newquay Boardriders Club are all based at Fistral Beach and the Boardmasters Festival is also held there.

The good: "It's got sand, and clean sea. Enough said really."
The bad: "All the above reviews are fine - that is if you can find somewhere to sit squashed in among the hoardes."
Did you know? Weymouth was given a Royal seal of approval by King George III. He used to visit during times of illness for a restorative paddle.

The good: "My 'Safe Place'. I must have walked this beach over a hundred times in all weathers and it never fails to amaze me."
The bad: "Why does everywhere you go for a pleasant walk have to be infested with dogs and their stupid owners?"
Did you know: Longsands has its own webcam, so you can check out the weather before you head for the beach, see it here.

The good: "Beautiful beach surrounded by cliffs, large enough to never feel crowded even in peak season. A lovely beach bar on the beach which serves food all day and dog and child friendly."

The bad: "Perranporth Beach is lovely, what a pity about some dog owners who seem to think it is alright to allow their dogs to mess on the beach and then just walk away leaving it where young children are playing."

Did you know? The Perranporth Surf Life Saving Club is one of the oldest in the country and hosts an extreme triathlon event every autumn.

The good: "Hengistbury Head is one of my favourite places in the world. It's one of those spots that restores peace to your mind."
The bad: "A bit bleak and windy, not much to do except pitch and putt."
Did you know? People have been settling at Hegistbury Head since the Stone Age and it has over a million visitors per year.

The good: "Sun, Sea and a secret seal that visits the shore here most days. Family-friendly with lots locally to see and do - like dipping your toes back into 1960's seaside family holidays for the day."
The bad: "Great beach but there are so many more spectacular and less populated beaches in the St Ives area."
Did you know? It's home to the Porthminter Cafe, a multi-award winning seafood restaurant smack bang on the shoreline. 

The good: "Heaven. The nicest beach I've seen in the UK."
The bad: "Get your binoculars out...the sea is over there. The tide was out but there was a disproportionate amount of dry/wet sand (as in miles of wet and a small patch of dry) considering how far out the sea was."
Woolacombe trivia: During the Second World War, the U.S. Army based their Assault Training Centre here. Thousands of small boat crews and infantry practised amphibious landing assaults on the beach because its long flat shape was considered to be like the Omaha Beach landing area.

The good: A "gem in the crown of Gower" has "unbelievable views"; it's "clean and peaceful... "The BEST in the West."... "The most amazing sight on the lovely Gower Coast."

The bad: "It is a lovely beach, but it is more of an adult orientated one, you park your car up the top of the hill and start walking, either down to the beach, or over the cliffs, which if you have children, I would not recommend."

Did you know? Rhossili Bay is located in an area designated as the first Area of Outstanding Beauty in the UK.


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