TEMPERATURES are set to soar across East Renfrewshire and Renfrewshire this Easter weekend as the mercury rockets higher than some top holiday destinations.

As sunseekers plan to go away over the coming weeks, the UK could be hotter than St Tropez in the south of France, Corfu, Bodrum in southern Turkey and the Spanish island of Majorca, which is to be cloudy on Saturday and Sunday.

Barrhead is set to reach 20C on Good Friday, with light cloud and gentle breeze and lows of 12C, whilst over in Johnstone, residents will see temperatures rising up to 19C at peak times, with lows of 11C.

And according to the Met Office, temperatures continue to rise throughout the week, giving a dry, settled and warm bank holiday weekend throughout much of the country.

Forecaster Simon Partridge said Good Friday will be pleasant before the mercury rises to exceed 20C (68F) in areas on Saturday and Sunday.

He said: “After there was a chilly spell this weekend, we are going to see temperatures gradually increase through the week.

“By the weekend we could see in parts of the country temperatures of around 20C (68F), or just above.”

In other areas across the country, Glasgow and Aberdeen will be around 20C (68F), despite the UK average of 11.5C (52.7F) for this time of year.

And London and sheltered areas in the sun across the south east could see temperatures of up to 22-23C (73.4F), the hottest in the country.