The weather in the UK over the next few days is set to be mostly dry, sunny and warm - but with this comes an increase in pollen levels, which brings bad news for hayfever sufferers.
Temperatures in some parts of the UK will reach highs of 21C this weekend, accompanied by wall-to-wall sunshine and clear skies.
High pollen count
The warmer temperatures in the UK this week are bringing with it a higher pollen count.
The pollen forecast for Thursday (9 April) is low in Scotland, medium in North East England and Yorkshire, and high for the rest of England, Wales and Northern Ireland.
The pollen forecast for Good Friday (10 April) is low is Scotland, except for Strathclyde where it is medium, and high throughout the rest of the UK.
Saturday (11 April) has a low pollen forecast throughout Scotland, with a high pollen forecast in Yorkshire and North East England, and medium forecast throughout the rest of the UK.
Easter Sunday (12 April) has a low pollen forecast throughout Scotland, with a medium forecast throughout the rest of the UK, except for South West England and London and South East England, which are high.
What will the weather be like in the UK over Easter weekend?
Thursday (9 April) is set to be fine and dry in most areas, accompanied by some warm sunshine.
It will be cloudier with patchy rain for parts of Scotland and northern England, with isolated afternoon showers over parts of Wales and central England.
There will be cloud and drizzly rain in the North and West on Good Friday Friday (10 April) and Saturday (11 April), with dry and warm weather further South and East, where it will slowly become cloudier with showers.
Easter Sunday (12 April) will see sunny intervals and showers, which will be heaviest in the south.
Met Office Chief Meteorologist, Frank Saunders, said, “The Easter weekend starts dry and warm for many with temperatures possibly reaching as high as 24C in parts of London and the south east on Bank Holiday Friday and Saturday also.
“As the weekend continues there is an increasing risk of showers, some of which could be heavy or thundery. By the start of next week, although it will be drier and sunnier again it will definitely feel cooler with temperatures reaching the mid-teens at best.”
Next week, many parts of the UK are set to see plenty of dry, settled weather with sunny spells. The driest conditions are most likely to be in central and northern areas of the UK.
Temperatures look likely to be slightly above normal, with the warmest conditions likely in the south, but there will be a return to a risk of frosts overnight in places, especially in central and northern areas.
Staying at home
However, despite the upcoming warm, dry weather over Easter weekend, the Met Office adds, “Whatever the weather over the long holiday weekend we are all being urged to remember the Government Coronavirus guidelines to stay at home.
“Do not go out to meet others, even friends or family, as it is possible to spread the virus even if you don’t have symptoms. Only go outside for food, health reasons or work (but only if you cannot work from home), always stay 2 metres (6ft) away from other people and wash your hands as soon as you return home.”