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Brits recovering from Easter Sunday braced for ‘Dank Holiday Monday’ washout

Scorching Easter Sunday was the hottest day of the year so far – just as the Daily Star predicted.

Our climate wizards saw the blazing sunshine on its way more than a fortnight ago, when the weather was still freezing.

And yesterday (Sunday, April 9) millions hit the beaches to celebrate, with near 20C highs making Britain warmer than Greek holiday spots like Santorini, Mykonos and Crete.

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But the good times are over for now, with forecasters warning of 12 hours of rain on a gloomy 'Dank Holiday Monday'.

Outbreaks of snow could even follow, with hurricane-force winds due to batter us on "weather bomb Wednesday."

Meteorologist Nick Finnis, of Netweather, confirmed: "People should have made the most of Easter Sunday, as rain and rather windy conditions follow this week, and it will feel colder for all."

Drivers have been warned to expect traffic chaos today, with the miserable weather set to end millions of holidays early.

Jams are expected from Cornwall to the Lake District as 12.5million cars hit the road from late morning onwards.

AA spokesman Jack Cousens urged drivers to travel before 7am or after 7pm to beat the worst of the congestion.

He said: "Rain on Monday means people leaving holidays earlier than they had planned to.

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"Wet weather makes journeys take longer as traffic slows down. And there are more delays as some people come a cropper and they become the car causing the traffic jam."

The grim conditions will only get worse as the week goes on, with snow flurries predicted on higher ground from tomorrow night (Tuesday, April 11). They will then be joined by 80mph gales as a 500-mile-wide tempest blows over from the Atlantic.

The Met Office has already put out yellow warnings for wind tomorrow and Wednesday, with 20ft waves expected on the coast of Cornwall. But the storm will only be officially named if amber warnings have to be issued.

Met Office forecaster Steven Keates said: "A low-pressure system in the Atlantic will potentially bringing a period of high winds and heavy rain late on Tuesday and into Wednesday.

"There’s a distinct possibility of disruptive winds, heavy rainfall – and even snow, probably confined to high ground in the North. Coastlines, especially in the West and South, will likely experience large waves."

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