London could bask in days of glorious sunshine over the Easter bank holiday, as forecasters predict a sunny spell for the country.
The Met Office has promised largely calm and settled weather for much of the remainder of this month, although evenings will continue to be cool.
Despite predicting that a 'White Easter' could be on the cards only two weeks ago , double-figure temperatures are now expected for this week and ahead into the bank holiday weekend.
Independent forecasters promise highs of 17C in the north and 14C elsewhere this week, but meteorologists have not ruled out intermittent spells of rain.
Netweather forecaster Nick Finnis said: "We haven't seen much of it over the last few months, but high pressure looks set to dominate our weather for the next seven to 10 days, so expect plenty of dry and settled weather.
"Although there will be sunny spells for many, we can't promise wall-to-wall sunshine and it won't be mild everywhere either, with cooler conditions towards the southeast and milder conditions towards the northwest.
It comes after a cold March of sleet and rain, with sprinkles of snow in higher ground areas.
Forecasters have been unable to agree on the Easter weather, keeping bookies guessing on what the temperatures will be.
Coral has slashed odds on it being the warmest on record from 6-1 into 3-1 with 8-1 on 20C being hit by the end of the month.
Spokesman John Hill said: "After a cold start to March, all the money at the start of the month was for a frosty Easter.
"However, with positive forecasts predicted for the next couple of weeks, we are now starting to see support in the betting for a warm Easter."
A heatwave refers to a "prolonged period of abnormally hot weather", when temperatures are higher than they normally are for that particular time of the season.