Sean MorrisonThu, 25 March 2021, 8:37 am
Britain is set to enjoy a mini-heatwave just as the rule of six returns across England, with temperatures reaching highs of 20C.
Households will be allowed to mix outdoors and in private gardens from next week, as coronavirus lockdown measures begin to ease.
Forecasters have said much of the country can expect “largely fine” weather next week, with the mercury reaching 17C in London on Monday.
And the trend is set to continue into the Easter Bank Holiday weekend, with temperatures continuing to rise as high as 20c.
Met Office meteorologist Alex Burkill said: “Temperatures should start to pick up… the general trend is largely fine weather into the Bank Holiday weekend.”
As the so-called rule of six returns, the national stay at home order will also be withdrawn.
The warm weather and largely dry weather is expected to last into April, with temperatures topping the 13C average for this time of year.
Mr Burkill said, however, that this weekend will see some unsettled spells. There is also a risk of wintry showers and even some sleet and snow in parts of the UK.
Temperatures are to plunge below freezing across the country, to as low as -5C in parts of Scotland in the early hours of Saturday.
Wet and windy weather can been expected on Sunday, which combined with high Spring tides could bring some coastal impacts.
But by Monday higher pressure is to sweep in, bringing warmer conditions for much of the UK.
It comes after miserable Winter weather brought flooding, snow, ice and storms.