It's another scorcher for Northamptonshire .. but weather experts warn Easter Monday's 14 degrees COLDER!

Temperatures set to tumble after two-day mini-heatwave

Wednesday, 31st March 2021, 9:17 am

Wednesday will be another scorcher across Northamptonshire before temperatures plummet by a whopping 14 °C before Easter Monday.

Police issued another plea for people to stick to the Rule of Six and complaints about littering piled up after crowds packed the county's parks and open spaces yesterday (Tuesday).

But today is likely to be the last chance to lap up some sun for a while as Met Office forecasters predict a chilly EIGHT DEGREES for the Bank Holiday, with the chance of a wintry shower, just days after seeing the county's highest recorded March temperature.

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Thermometers reached 21.3 °C at 2.23pm on Tuesday (March 30) at the Met Office Pitsford weather station — topping the 20.7 °C set on the same day four years ago — and are tipped to reach something similar today.

But the slide down the celsius scale starts tomorrow as April kicks off with a maximum of 12 °C and continues all through the Easter weekend.

Met Office Chief Meteorologist Steve Ramsdale, said: “Conditions will start to change through the day on Thursday as cooler air moves in from the north east, highs will fall to the mid-teens before falling further by Friday.

"With pressure building from the north however, conditions are expected to remain dry for the majority.

Crowds flocked to Northampton's Abington Park as temperatures soared on Tuesday. Photo: Kirsty Edmonds

"Through Sunday an even colder pool of air will start to push in across the UK from the north west, bringing a notable change to temperatures. This also brings a move towards more unsettled conditions with stronger winds and the chance of some wintry showers.”

Lockdown restrictions were eased from Monday allowing groups of up to six or two households to meet up outdoors in parks and private gardens for the first time since January — although the need to maintain social distancing by staying at least two metres apart from anyone you don't live with.And Police issued a stern reminder over social distancing following reports of large groups mixing.

Superintendent Elliot Foskett, silver commander for the Force’s Covid-19 response, said: “The risk of coronavirus has not disappeared, it remains and is as serious as it ever was and these limits exist to help save lives.

"We all need to continue to play our part and follow the rules through this next phase so that further lifting of restrictions can go ahead at the earliest dates as set out by the Government.

“Bending or breaking the rules now is likely to mean delays to that process, which no-one wants to see.

“As we have done throughout the pandemic, our officers will continue to engage with people and explain what they are required to do to play their part.

"If they do not comply we will continue to use Fixed Penalty Notices."