Easter weather 2022: what is the Met Office UK forecast for Bank Holiday weekend - will there be a heatwave?

Good Friday became the hottest day of the year so far - but will the weather hold strong for the rest of the Easter bank holiday?

The warmest day of the year so far has been recorded after temperatures hit 22C.

The 2022 high was recorded in St James’s Park in central London on Good Friday afternoon - and it is expected that temperatures will continue to rise further.

The previous high for the year was 20.8C, which was recorded in March.

But, what weather can we expect on Easter Saturday, Easter Sunday and Easter Monday, and will we get a heatwave over the bank holiday weekend?

Here’s what you need to know.

What weather can we expect over the Easter weekend?

The UK is set for warm weather ahead of Easter Sunday after experiencing the hottest day of the year so far.

The mercury hit 23.4C in St James’s Park in central London on Good Friday afternoon, the Met Office said, making it hotter than California.

Saturday is expected to be slightly cooler, but temperatures are set to hit 22C in parts of southern and central England.

Many parts of the country will see clear, sunny spells despite a cloudy start to the day in some areas.

Temperatures hit 22C (71.6F) in London on Good Friday (Photo: TOLGA AKMEN/AFP via Getty Images)

Met Office meteorologist Simon Partridge told the PA news agency: “It will be a fairly cloudy start to the morning before developing into a rather fine and sunny day on the most part.

“Areas in the central and southern England, such as the West Midlands, are most likely to reach the low twenties.

“It will then become gradually cooler going into Sunday, with showers in Scotland and Northern Ireland, while most other areas should remain pleasant.”

More widely, some regions will reach the low twenties while parts of Scotland and Northern Ireland will reach the mid-to-high teens.

Some parts, mostly central and western areas, could see some cloud earlier in the day with mist and fog patches inland at first.

Forecasters say Easter Sunday will be cooler, although probably drier than Saturday, with showers confined mainly to the north and west ahead of a wetter Monday.

Will there be a heatwave over the Easter weekend?

There had been some suggestion that there could be a heatwave over the Easter weekend, but sadly the weather predictions from the Met Office reveal this is unlikely to happen.

Temperatures of late teens and early 20s are expected over the four days, and temperatures are predicted to drop off significantly after the weekend too.

While a heatwave may not be on the cards, the weather is expected to be good over the weekend (Photo: TOLGA AKMEN/AFP via Getty Images)

Annie Shuttleworth, a Met Office meterologist, said: “I think in the main for the bank holiday weekend, we’ll see temperatures quite widely above average across the UK and hopefully they could be very warm in the south-east in particular.

“Warmer than average certainly, but nowhere near heatwave criteria. It will definitely be warmer than the week we’ve just had and last week.”

Last month, the Met Office increased the heatwave temperature threshold across eight English counties before the summer as the climate continues to warm.