Bookies are predicting a scorcher of an Easter bank holiday weekend, but the Met Office's predictions may dampen the spirits.

Ladbrokes has slashed the odds to 5/1 that this year sees the hottest Easter on record. The previous warmest temperature for Easter was 27.8C, recorded in Wisley, Surrey, on April 23, 2011.

Jessica Bridge of Ladbrokes said: "The odds suggest we're going to have to eat our Easter eggs quickly this weekend otherwise they'll be in danger of melting.

"It looks like Easter's going to be a scorcher and could enter the record books."

However, the Met Office's predictions for temperatures in Hampshire for the weekend are not quite as optimistic.

A spokesman said: "Easter is a movable feast - last year it fell almost a month earlier, so it is not really any surprise that this one may be hotter.

"For Hampshire, we are looking at sunny spells with some light winds. It will be dry, with top temperatures of around 12 or 13C.

"On Saturday it will be a similar story, with the possibility of a bit more cloud. Again, temperatures will be around 12C."

However, some light showers are expected in Hampshire on Sunday, which will most likely move into Monday too.

In summery, those out and about over Easter can expect nice weather, but should perhaps pop an umbrella in their bag for some protection should the heavens open towards the end of the weekend.

Whatever the weather, it's bound to be nicer than last Easter when cold temperatures and downpours thwarted most plans.

Looking for something to do this Easter? Click here for a list of activities taking place across the county - both indoors and outside!