Hottest April day on record expected in East Sussex this weekend

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RECORD breaking temperatures look set to sweep East Sussex as the county prepares for the warmest April weather ever.

Temperatures are predicted to hit 27 degrees on Saturday April 23 in Herstmonceux which houses our nearest Met Office monitoring station.

According to experts, the hottest conditions recorded at Herstmonceux were in 2007 on April 15 when the mercury hit 26.5 degrees, although records only go back to 1993.

The hottest temperature ever recorded in the UK during April was at Camden Square with 29.4 on April 16 in 1949.

Met Office forecasters are predicting mainly fine, dry and warm conditions for most parts of the UK this Easter weekend.

Temperatures are likely to be well above the average for late April, with highs reaching the low 20s during the long weekend.

The hottest day is expected to be Saturday - Newhaven is predicted to enjoy 25 degrees while Uckfield and Lewes will be baking at 24 degrees.

Families taking day trips over the coming bank holidays should have an easier journey as the Highways Agency completes or suspends more than half of roadworks on motorways and major A roads, leaving 99 per cent of its road network clear of works.

To help keep traffic moving the Highways Agency will be completing or suspending almost 200 miles of roadworks from midnight on Thursday (April 21) until the morning of Tuesday May 3 providing extra capacity for holiday traffic.

The agency’s traffic officers will also be patrolling the network to help traffic flow smoothly - and a range of information services will be provided to allow road users to plan their journeys.