SUN worshippers made the most of the glorious spring weather today – as forecaster warned gales and lashing rain will make Easter a washout, The Sun reports. Brits woke up to blue skies in many parts of the country and thousands headed for the coast. Sunbathers in bikinis stretched out in Brighton as the thermometer tipped a bamly 14C.
Egg hunts on Easter Sunday are set to be interrupted by thundery showers an even hail and the atrocious conditions will last through Easter Monday and into next week. The Met Office has issued severe weather warnings for most of England and Wales, with rain and winds of up to 60mph expected on Saturday.
Tom Crocker from the Met Office said: “Friday is certainly the best day of the Easter weekend for everyone. “There was lots of sunshine and not much cloud around at all. Along the south coast there was almost completely unbroken skies. “It’s a really nice Good Friday and the best it gets. It’s all downhill from there for the Easter weekend.
“Overnight the cloud will move in and the wind starts to pick up as well so we’ve issued severe weather warnings for Saturday, starting from 7am. “There’s the potential for coastal areas to see gusts of about 50-60mph. It’ll start off relatively dry but a fairly intense band of rain arrives by Saturday afternoon.
“It will still be quite windy on Sunday and possibly quite a few heavy showers, but there will be some dry spells. “Monday we have now issued another weather warning, again with another another system of quite strong winds of about 50-60mph, maybe a bit higher at exposed spots and a fairly prolonged spell of rain.
“Driving around in it will be pretty unpleasant.” The Met Office’s yellow ‘be aware’ warning of wind, covering most of England and Wales but not Scotland and Northern Ireland, advises motorists to expect disruption to their journeys. Patricia Yates of VisitEngland said as many as six million people plan to take an overnight trip in the UK over the Easter weekend.
Meawhile bookmaker Coral has seen a flurry of bets for this Easter being the wettest since records began over the last 48 hours in which the firm has slashed the odds to 2-1 from 4-1. A Coral spokesman said: “If the betting is anything to go by, it looks like it is going to be another damp bank holiday weekend. Punters have been knocking us over to back this Easter being the wettest on record and that gamble is showing no signs of stopping.”