Great news for anyone planning an Easter getaway this year: we’ve been forecast an Easter heatwave! According to some forecasters, we’re in for one of the warmest Easters ever, with some even predicting temperatures to tip the 26C mark. So dust off your barbeques as fingers crossed, the four day weekend is going to be perfect BBQ weather! If the promise of some sunshine is enough to tempt you into booking a last-minute Easter break, here are the top 3 best places to book a getaway where you’ll be best placed to enjoy the heatwave!
Isle of Wight
Well-known for being one of the warmest and sunniest places in the UK, the Isle of Wight is a good bet if you want to soak up the sun this Easter. The south of the island in particular sees the best weather, with the picturesque seaside village of Shanklin seeing over 2,018.7 hours of sunshine in 2012 – significantly more than the UK average of 1492.7! Much of the southern areas of the island even have their own microclimate with milder temperatures, more sunshine hours and sub-tropical vegetation.
The south coast of England will always come up on lists of the warmest places in the UK but we’re looking specifically at Kent, which is the current record holder for the hottest temperature ever recorded in Britain. Brogdale, near Faversham, holds the record at a staggering 38.5C on 10th August 2003. To put this in perspective, the average August temperature in Spain is 25C! This part of the country consistently registers some of the highest British temperatures throughout the year and so if we’re in for a heatwave, Kent is a good place to make the most of it!
Statistically, Cornwall has the mildest climate in the UK as a result of the Gulf Stream bringing with it warm, moist air from the Caribbean. The average annual temperature here ranges from 11.6C to 9.8C, so when the rest of the country is shivering, Cornwall is still usually quite mild, making it the perfect place to visit on a break to take advantage of a heatwave. Cornwall is sure to be just that little bit hotter than the rest of the country!
We still have some lovely holiday cottages available over Easter if you’re looking for accommodation for your getaway; you can see the full list of available cottages on our website. In the meantime, we’re keeping everything crossed that this wonderful heatwave comes into fruition!