Big warm-up early next week - but turning cold for Easter Weekend

The UK reaches its highest single-day temperature in March in 53 years

The UK reaches its highest single-day temperature in March in 53 years

Some areas of the south-east could reach 24C (75.2F) on Tuesday, forecasters say, which would make it only the second day in March that the temperature has reached this high since records began in 1884.

The warm weather coincides with a major easing of England's lockdown measures, when the "stay at home" order will end, and groups of six people, or two households, can meet outside.

A warm spell could enable the United Kingdom to break its record March temperature of 25.6C (78F) next week.

The warmth will be relatively widespread, however, with temperatures reaching the early 20s Celsius for many parts of England and Wales.

On Saturday evening, areas in the north will see strong winds and rain, particularly in parts of western Scotland where a yellow warning for rain is in place.

"Much of the United Kingdom will remain dry and bright until Wednesday, while parts of Scotland will see some heavy showers".

Warmer still across England and Wales on Tuesday, with long spells of sunshine and southerly winds allowing temperatures to lift into the low twenties across east Wales, central, southern and eastern England.

Some areas may see highs of 19C (66.2F) on Monday afternoon with a possible peak of 24C (75.2F) on Wednesday, the Met Office said.

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With cloudless skies overnight across much of England and Wales, temperatures will drop into single figures with some rural spots seeing a light frost.

The Met Office said conditions are expected to change again from the middle of the week, with cold air from the north bringing another dip in temperatures for Easter weekend.

In contrast to the sunshine in the south, in northern parts of the United Kingdom a yellow weather warning for heavy and persistent remains in place until 6pm on Tuesday.

Temperatures could reach 24C in parts of the United Kingdom this week before turning colder over the Easter weekend.

A woman sitting with a friend said: "It's making me feel very hopeful about the end of restrictions".

Martin Hewitt, chairman of the National Police Chiefs Council, said complacency risked spreading new Covid variants and could lead to fresh rules.

Outdoor sporting venues such as football and cricket pitches, tennis and basketball courts, outdoor swimming pools, golf courses and sailing clubs are also allowed to reopen.

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