The Westcountry can brace itself for a fine week of weather, starting from today.
The Met Office says we can expect high temperatures of up to 19C this Easter weekend – the perfect tonic for hard-hit tourism businesses which have suffered a slow start of the year by a wave of storms which crippled the regions rail network and left large parts of the South West either flood-hit or under water.
The Exeter-based forecasters say today’s weather will give us a taste of things to come with temperatures hitting highs of 15C.
Sunday’s forecast calls for variable amounts of cloud giving way to sunny spells throughout the day with light winds and prolonged clear spells, particularly towards the east.
The overnight temperature will be rather chilly at 3C but this will give way to another fine day on Monday which will see strong spells of sunshine throughout the day and maximum temperatures topping 16C.
That will be the trend for the week as dry and settled conditions will see temperatures in Devon and Cornwall hitting highs of 18C on Wednesday.
By Easter Sunday, we could well be basking in highs of up to 19C - well average temperatures of 13C for April.
The forecast comes as the Met Office predicts Britain is set for a six-week heatwave following throughout the end of April and through to May.
A report by the forecasters reads: 'Latest predictions for UK-mean temperature favour above-average temperatures for April and April-May as a whole.'
The warm conditions are expected to bring a quarter of a million visitors to the south west of the country - providing a £54 million boost for local businesses.
However, the fine weather is bad news for hayfever sufferers - with the Met Office warning of a 'high' pollen count in the London area and a 'medium' count for the rest of the country in the next seven days.
The Met Office spokesman said: “Starting with this weekend and early week, the general theme is similar to what we have now.
“The rest of the week we can expect a lot of fine weather. For the next few days it looks as though high pressure will be in charge throughout the UK.
“Wednesday will certainly see the nicest weather of the next five days.”