TEMPERATURES in Helensburgh and Lomond are set to soar with highs of 19C expected this Easter bank holiday weekend.

On Thursday, temperatures are expected to reach 16C, Friday 19C, and Saturday 17C, compared to the average of 10-13C at this time of year, which is forecast for this Easter Sunday.

The Helensburgh and Lomond area is set to be hotter than Ibiza on Friday with temperatures on the island reaching highs of 16C.

Steve Willington, Met Office chief meteorologist, said: "From today, April 17, temperatures will start to rise day by day and with the sun getting stronger at this time of year, it’s going to feel warm or very warm by the time we get to Good Friday and Easter Saturday.

"With temperatures usually around 10 to 13 Celsius at this time of year, it’s certainly going to be significantly warmer than average this Easter weekend and quite a contrast to the colder weather we have seen so far this month.”

And much of the UK could be hotter than St Tropez, Marbella, and the island of Majorca which is to be cloudy on Saturday and Sunday.

The highest temperature recorded over an Easter weekend in the UK has been 27.8C in Heathrow, Mildenhall and Wisley in both 1949 and 2011.