Bookies have cut the odds on Easter being the hottest on record – with 21C highs making it warmer than Majorca this week.
Easter bunnies will be baking as weather temperatures double thanks to hot air blown 2,000 miles from the Sahara desert.
Highs will push 19C from today and nudge 21C by Thursday, with 20C expected over the holiday weekend.
Majorca is due to be just 17C.
Coral slashed odds on record temperatures from 4-1 to 5-4.
Spokesman Harry Aitkenhead said: “The sun will shine and the odds say this Easter could enter the record books.”
But drivers face a trip to the car wash – as “blood rain” tomorrow will stain motors with orange Sahara dust again, as happened last month.
Skies look mainly dry for the south from Wednesday, with the north staying unsettled before showers reduce for the weekend.
Met Office forecaster Marco Petagna said: “Easter looks promising, with high pressure dominating.
“Warmer weather will be seen as winds swing to the south. Sometimes we see a step change in temperatures signalling the start of spring proper, and this week could mark that change.”
A Met Office forecaster added: “Temperatures will be on the rise as warmer air spreads across the UK, with potential for 20C.
“It becomes warmer in the south from Wednesday, with the north more changeable.”
This weekend’s Easter getaway will be the busiest on the UK’s roads in at least eight years, motorists are being warned.
An estimated 21.5million leisure trips will be made by car between Good Friday and Easter Monday, the RAC said.
The Met Office site says that from mid-April, more settled conditions are expected "with longer spells of dry and fine weather."
It added: "However, changeable intervals are possible. Above average temperatures should persist, however overnight frosts may occur."
By the end of the Easter weekend, temperatures will dip toward zero in the early mornings.
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