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Warm weather is on its way – just in time for lockdown easing

Temperatures could climb as high as 18C in the week after people are allowed to leave the house again. The easing of lockdown on Monday may coincide with a period of sunny days and higher-than-average temperatures. It’s good news for lockdown-weary Brits who will finally be allowed to meet up with friends and family in outdoor spaces and private gardens from March 29. Gatherings are being restricted to six people or two households but it will be the first time many people are able to see loved ones again since before Christmas. ‘Stay at home’ rules are being replaced by ‘stay local’ guidance, meaning people are allowed to go out without an essential reason. Long-range forecasts show it could be 18C on both Tuesday, March, 29 and Wednesday 30 in London and the south east. Picnics and barbecues could be on the cards throughout the first weeks of April as well. The Met Office forecasters said, in the period after the Easter weekend, ‘high pressure may spread northwards through early April, which will bring a period of settled conditions for most.’

They added: ‘Following this, drier than average and brighter conditions may prevail, with areas away from the far northwest of the country receiving below average rainfall.’ Before the sunshine, the rest of March may still see some unsettled spells but also a fair degree of sunshine. The Met Office’s Becky Mitchell told The Sun: ‘It’ll remain fairly dry across much of the UK over the next two days. ‘There are sunny spells around, particularly across much of England and Wales. ‘In the best of the sunshine, it’ll be a little bit above average of this time of year. ‘However, going ahead, it’ll be a bit wetter across parts of the country, and a band of rain across Scotland and Northern Ireland will gradually move further south.’ The Easter weekend itself is likely to be dry, with some sunshine, but not exceptionally warm, according to Ms Mitchell. Outdoor sports are also set to resume from March 29, while hospitality businesses will be allowed to operate outside again from April 12. – metro.co.uk