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Plume of air from Africa will see UK sizzle after Easter snow

Getting warmer: Two
sunseekers enjoy the
weather in Hyde Park,
London, over the
weekend PICTURE: REX

BRITAIN is tipped to be hotter than Bondi beach and Malibu this week after rain and snow blighted the Easter break for many.

An ‘African air plume’ 1,500 miles wide will cover Britain on Wednesday and forecasters say it could push temperatures as high as 27C — 13C above average — by the end of the week.

After a weekend of sunny spells which reached 19.5C, tomorrow is forecast to hit 21C, rising to 23C on Wednesday.

That’s hotter than Bondi beach in Sydney, which is due to enjoy 21C highs, and the 20C expected in Malibu, near Los Angeles.

Met Office forecaster Charlie Powell said: ‘It will feel summery for parts of Britain and we’ll be hotter than loads of places including Athens, Rome and lots of holiday destinations. Air will come in from the Mediterranean over the continent, and from north Africa.

‘But it’s bad timing for school holidays and a shame it didn’t arrive while people were still off work for Easter.’

The Weather Outlook’s Brian Grave said the ‘continental blowtorch’ effect would see African air heat up over the continent before arriving here with 27C possible in the south from Thursday. ‘The first barbecue conditions of the year are expected only two weeks after Easter snow,’ he said.

Highs above 25.6C would be Britain’s hottest April day for seven years, according to Met Office records.

A temperature of 27.8C on April 23, 2011, was the month’s highest for 62 years. The record was set in 1949 when London basked in 29.4C.