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Britain will bask in 10 days of glorious sunshine, blue skies and temperatures of 15C and up after spring finally arrived at the weekend.

Things are looking up for Easter with the mercury likely to nudge 19C over the bank holiday.

Forecasters have promised largely calm and settled weather for much of the remainder of this month.

Unusually the north is in for the highest temperatures over the next fortnight while the south and east will feel cooler.

Much of the country will enjoy the first lengthy break from snow, wind and storms since before the start of winter.

Experts put the change in weather down to a huge swathe of high pressure wedged close to the UK holding wind and rain at bay.

Although clear skies by day will keep thermometers higher than of late, there are likely to be some cold and frosty nights ahead.

A woman rests among spring daffodils in the sun as the weather warms in London
A woman rests among spring daffodils in the sun as the weather warms in London

And although it is a largely dry and settled picture, forecasters have not ruled out the odd shower in parts of the country in the coming days.

The Met Office is predicting temperatures in double figures this week with independent forecasters promising highs of 17C in the north and 14C elsewhere.

Netweather forecaster Nick Finnis said: “We haven’t seen much of it over the last few months, but high pressure looks set to dominate our weather for the next 7 to 10 days, so expect plenty of dry and settled weather.

“Although there will be sunny spells for many, we can’t promise wall-to-wall sunshine and it won’t be mild everywhere either, with cooler conditions towards the southeast and milder conditions towards the northwest.

Easter heatwave
Temperatures could hit up to 20 degrees

“But for those who’ve had enough of rain and wind, the coming days will be welcome.”

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The Met Office said fine weather will continue through the week with today and Tuesday likely to bring good spells of warm sunshine.

Forecaster Mark Wilson said parts of Scotland and the northwest are in for the best of the weather with the southeast turning cooler by the weekend.

He said: “It is looking mainly dry throughout the week with some places getting some really decent sunshine.

“The east will be a bit chillier over the next couple of days but places further north and west will do rather well.

Spring flowers on display in Guildford Castle

“This is because of the location of high pressure which will bring cooler winds off the North Sea to southeastern regions with milder breezes elsewhere.

“Further into the week it is a similar picture, dry with some pleasant spells of sunshine although fog could be a problem in the mornings.

“Although it is largely looking dry throughout the week, there will be a little bit of rain around.”

Forecasters have struggled to agree on the weather for Easter with the outlook changing from day to day.

As snow hits the north, the south enjoys its first strawberries
There will be plenty of dry pleasant spells around across the country

Exacta Weather forecaster James Madden said: “The signals have been confusing and there has been a fine line as to whether we will be experiencing a major warm up with long periods of warm sunshine.

“It could be that we see a warm Easter.”

The changing weather has kept bookies on their toes with punters now hedging their bets on an Easter sizzler.

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Coral has slashed odds on it being the warmest on record from 6-1 into 3-1 with 8-1 on 20C being hit by the end of the month.

Spokesman John Hill said: “After a cold start to March, all the money at the start of the month was for a frosty Easter.

“However, with positive forecasts predicted for the next couple of weeks, we are now starting to see support in the betting for a warm Easter.”

Alex Donohue of Ladbrokes said: “Spring has finally sprung and the odds suggest the warm weather is here to stay. It also looks a good bet anyone off to the races takes their sunglasses with them.”

WeatherOnline forecaster John Ejdowski said it is a cheery outlook for Britain for the next week at least.

He said: “A fine spell of weather to come across the country this week as high pressure dominates.

“The emphasis will be on dry conditions and mild temperatures, although a brisk east to north east wind will make it feel chilly early in the week.”

Netweather said temperatures could hit 17C in the north this week and 14C further south with 19C possible over the Easter weekend.

However gardeners have been warned not to put delicate plants out just yet with overnight lows sinking below freezing widely.

UK weather: Britain to bask in Easter HEATWAVE as spring finally … –