Is Easter in Cornwall set to be one of the hottest on record?
Cornwall could be set for one of the hottest Easter weekends on record forecasters are predicting.
Weather experts looking at long-range charts are claiming temperatures could rise to more than 80F/26C over the bank holiday weekend of April 3 to April 6, Good Friday to Easter Monday. The Exeter-based Met Office records that Easter Saturday, on April 23, 2011 was the warmest on record when temperatures reached 27.8C at Wisley in Surrey and generally temperatures were between 25C - 27C across the south-east and East Anglia.
However, the Met Office says it gets harder to offer local detail to as high a level of accuracy on long-range forecasts as its shorter range forecasts, so it is too early to predict accurate conditions for Easter.
Generally, the Met Office forecasts the period from April 2 Apr to April 16 will be changeable with unsettled conditions interspersed with some fine spells of weather and some pleasantly warm days.
Piers Corbyn, forecaster for WeatherAction - which claims to make accurate weather forecasts up to a year in advance said there will be big variations due to the wildly deviating jet stream, so there will be periods of extremely cold weather followed by unusually hot.
The forthcoming weather conditions are likely, however, to be affected by an El Niño phenomenon, which is linked to rising global temperatures, and which is creating wildly deviating weather conditions.
We've still plenty of cottages available for the Easter period.
For more information on temperatures over Easter, click here
Picture credit: Adam Gibbard and Visit Cornwall