Britain basks in Easter heatwave before UK temperatures plummet to just 7C

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The Bank Holiday weekend sunshine is set to come to an end on Easter Monday with a dip in temperatures and rain expected.

Sun-loving Brits have packed out parks and beaches around the UK since record-breaking highs of 23C on Good Friday.

Manchester enjoyed highs of 21C today whilst Londoners revelled in 20C and Cardiff enjoyed 19C.

Even the north was treated to the sun and Newcastle reached 18C with Aberdeen hitting 15C.

The capital’s 23.4C heat in St James’s Park marked the hottest day of the year so far and beat the previous record of 20.8C on March 25 in Cornwall.

But the mercury will end after Easter Sunday and overnight temperatures are set to drop as low as 7C with daytime highs of 16C.

Meteorologist Dan Stroud said: "Fresher conditions will slowly start to move in from the west accompanied by cloud and some rain.

"Looking at Easter Monday, outbreaks of rain will continue to move eastwards, but weakening all the time.

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"Sunny spells and showers following on, but feeling a lot fresher, and that theme will continue into the new week."

For Northern Ireland and the far west of the UK, the bad weather started early and they experienced "thick cloud and rain" from today.

Met Office forecaster Simon Partridge added: "Sunday is mostly dry across the vast majority of the country, apart from the far west, but it will turn slightly cloudy as the day goes on.

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"It will be more milky sunshine, because we'll have very high level clouds coming in, but it will still be bright and dry."

Independent forecaster WXCharts even predicted the UK could be hit with snow later this month.

Arctic winds blowing in from the north on their radar show the first band of snow could sweep in across the north of Scotland late on Friday (April 29) and move along the north-east coast of England the day after.

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