Merseyside at risk of wildfires as hotter than average temperatures bake the region

Merseyside has enjoyed temperatures of over 20C over last few days as the UK enjoys a warmer than average Easter.

People will be in for a treat as the warm weather is here to stay for at least another three days and temps will climb further into the new week.

But forecasters are warning that with the hotter than usual temperatures, comes a risk of wildfires.

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Met Office Fire Severity Index

Merseyside is currently on a VERY HIGH warning on the Met office’s Fire Severity Index.

This means that in the warmer weather there is a high risk of wildfires from things such as discarded cigarettes and BBQ’s.

Land across the region will become dry as the warm temperatures continue and it won’t rain until at least Wednesday.

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From Wednesday showers and cooler temperatures will arrive with risk of thunder and lightning.

The Met Office say that Sunday will be “another fine, dry and very warm day across the region with clear blue skies for much of the day.

“Temperatures remaining well above average for the time of year. Maximum temperature 25 °C.”

“Fine and dry on Easter Monday, with plenty of warm sunshine. Tuesday will see a little more cloud around but still warm.

“Turning increasingly unsettled on Wednesday, with thundery showers.”

Last summer dry conditions led to grass fires on Bidston Hill and new Brighton.

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