BRITS are set to bask in a 20C heatwave next week when lockdown begins to ease across England.

But first temperatures will drop to 1C in parts of Britain this weekend as a cold front sweeps across the nation on Thursday evening.

A spokesperson for the Met Office said: “Feeling colder on Friday with blustery showers and possible hail and thunder too.

“More showers on Saturday with cloud thickening later. Cloudy on Sunday with light rain for some.”

From this coming Monday, households barred from seeing one another will once again be allowed to mix in back gardens and the stay at home order will also be withdrawn.

And the Met Office says suffering Brits will get to celebrate it with the start of a prolonged spell of warm weather.

The blast of sunshine is expected to continue well into April – in time for the reopening of hairdressers, non-essential retail and boozers.

It comes as leading bookmaker Coral slashed the odds to 1-2 (from 5-4) on this Easter being the hottest on record in the UK.

The firm goes 4-5 for next month to end as the hottest April since records began, while it is 4-9 that 2021 is the hottest year ever.

“With temperatures set to rise early next month, the odds on a record hot Easter weekend are melting quicker than Easter eggs under the sun,” said Coral’s John Hill.

“Not only can we expected a sweltering Easter, April looks set to be a glorious month this year, according to our betting,” added Hill.

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  • BRITS WARNED ABOUT ADDERS AS WARM WEATHER LOOMS

    An urgent warning has gone out to sunseekers – Britain’s only species of poisonous snake has been tempted out of winter hibernation.

    Adders have been spotted basking in the sun around the countryside, including on the clifftop paths at Kynance Cove on The Lizard peninsula, owned by the National Trust, at the far tip of Cornwall.

    Only a foot to 18 inches long, their venom can put people in hospital though they rarely attack unless they feel threatened or they’re defending their young.

    Cornwall and Isles of Scilly coastguards said “The National Trust rangers out near Kynance Cove and some other local agencies have reported that adders have woken up and have been seen enjoying the sunshine.

    “If you think you have been bitten by a snake out on the coast path and need medical assistance call 999 and ask for immediate help.”

  • NSW PREMIER CALLS FOR ‘PATIENCE’ AS RECOVERY STARTS

    New South Wales Premier Gladys Berejiklian has called for people affected by the flooding to be “patient” as the rescue work gets underway.

    “The best advice I’ve received this morning is that most of the river systems we believe have peaked,” Berejiklian said during a televised news briefing.

    “And now we are considering … which communities are able to return back in the next few days, and we just ask for everybody’s patience.”

    Around 40% of Australia’s population of 25million was affected by the severe weather system that stretched across an area the size of Alaska in recent days, touching every mainland state or territory but one.

    Several evacuation orders have been lifted, but there were still around 20,000 people waiting in rescue centres, Berejiklian said.

  • MINI HEATWAVE ON ITS WAY

    Brits could bask in 20C heat as the lockdown rules are eased to allow groups of six to meet outdoors.

    Temperatures are expected to hit a high of 20C just in time for the Easter bank holiday weekend.

    Met Office meteorologist Alex Burkill said: “Temperatures should start to pick up… the general trend is largely fine weather into the Bank Holiday weekend.”

  • THUNDER & HAIL TO HIT SCOTLAND AND NORTHERN IRELAND

    Parts of Scotland and Northern Ireland could be lashed by thunder and hail later today, the Met Office has warned.

    Met Office meteorologist Clare Nasir said that showers will be “never too far away”.

    She added: “Showers through the afternoon across Scotland and Northern Ireland, particularly the west, will turn heavy with a risk of thunder and hail.”

  • MILD BUT SHOWERY CONDITIONS TODAY

    The UK has showery conditions today and it will be mild.

    Tonight and tomorrow a band of rain spreads southeastwards.

    Colder conditions follow it and showers could fall as snow down to low levels in the North.

    The weekend starts chilly but milder conditions return to southern and central regions on Sunday, The Weather Outlook predicts.

     

  • ODDS TUMBLE ON A RECORD HOT EASTER

    Bookmaker Coral has cut the odds to 4-6 (from evens) on this Easter being the hottest ever in the UK as the nation is set for a mini heatwave.

    The firm goes 4-5 for next month to be the hottest April since records began, while is it now 1-2 that there will be a hosepipe ban in the UK before the summer is out.

    “The glorious spring sunshine has arrived just in time for Easter. With the mercury set to rise over the long weekend, we could be set for the hottest Easter on record, if not, certainly one of the best in recent years,” said Coral’s John Hill.

  • WEEKEND OUTLOOK

    Saturday will be mostly dry with bright spells however there will also be a lot of cloud around which will bring the threat of a few spots of drizzle.

    Sunday will be largely cloudy with spells of rain or drizzle which will be most frequent across northern and western areas. Brighter at times, the Meteogroup has forecast.

  • ‘DANGER NOT OVER’ FOR AUSSIES

    Aussies hit by devastating floodwaters began returning to their homes on Thursday as skies cleared and authorities accelerated clean-up efforts, though fresh evacuation orders were issued in some areas where water levels were still rising.

    Relentless rains for five straight days – the worst downpour in more than half a century – burst river banks, inundating homes, roads, bridges and farms and cutting off entire towns in Australia’s east. More than 40,000 people were forced to move to safe zones and two men were killed after their cars became trapped in floodwaters.

    Water continued to flow from overloaded dams and rivers on Thursday, particularly in New South Wales state, leading authorities to urge caution.

    “Even though the sun is now shining, the danger has not passed,” the Australian Bureau of Meteorology said in a statement.

  • CLOUDY START TO FRIDAY WITH RAIN LATER

    A largely cloudy start to the day on Friday with early outbreaks of rain across England and Wales clearing eastwards.

    It will then be bright with a mixture of spells of sunshine and scattered showers which will spread in from the west.

    Showers will be locally heavy and wintry in nature at times, the Meteogroup predicts.

  • HEAVIEST SHOWERS IN NORTH AND NORTHWEST

    The North and Northwest will see the worst of today’s showers, according to the Met Office.

    In a Twitter update the forecaster said: “A fresh feeling start to Thursday with sunny spells and a few showers across the south of the UK.

    “There’ll be heavier showers across the north and northwest, these perhaps giving some longer spells of rain in places.”

    Showers can also be expected in the South
    Showers can also be expected in the South
  • DAYTIME SHOWERS

    Brits can expect some daytime showers today although this evening is due to be dry, the Meteogroup reports.

    A largely dry evening with late bright spells and daytime showers will largely ease and turn increasingly patchy.

    Overnight, thick cloud cover will build in from the west bringing outbreaks of mostly light rain and drizzle.

    Remaining cloudy by dawn with wintry showers spreading into western Scotland.

  • TEMPERATURES TO PLUMMET, FORECASTERS SAY

    Forecasters think temperatures will plunge this week – with The Weather Outlook saying the east of England will be coldest.

  • WAITING FOR SUNSHINE

    Meteogroup UK says the weekend will be largely dry with bright spells.

    Forecasters for the service said: “Saturday will be mostly dry with bright spells.

    “However, there will also be a lot of cloud around which will bring the threat of a few spots of drizzle.

    “Sunday will be largely cloudy with spells of rain or drizzle which will be most frequent across northern and western areas. Brighter at times.”

  • WHAT’S THE FORECAST FOR TODAY?

  • ODDS CUT ON UK’S HOTTEST EVER SUMMER THIS YEAR

    Bookmaker Coral makes it a 2-1 chance (cut from 3-1) that the UK enjoys its warmest summer on record this year.

    Temperature are forecast to rise around Easter and hopes are high for some sweltering weather through the summer months.

    Coral go 11-8 that the UK’s hottest ever temperature is recorded at any point in 2021.

    “We’ve seen off winter now and are looking forward to some balmy April weather now which has left us wondering what the chances of a scorching summer are. We think it’s well and truly on the cards and go just 2-1 that this year brings our hottest ever summer,” said Coral’s Harry Aitkenhead.

  • MET OFFICE – FORECAST FOR THURSDAY MORNING

  • THUNDERSTORMS AND HAIL COULD BE AHEAD FOR PARTS OF THE UK, WARNS MET OFFICE

    The Met Office has warned that thunderstorms and hail could batter parts of the UK this weekend.

    A spokesperson for the Met Office said: “Feeling colder on Friday with blustery showers and possible hail and thunder too.

    “More showers on Saturday with cloud thickening later.

    “Cloudy on Sunday with light rain for some.”

  • FORECAST TOMORROW

    A largely dry evening with late bright spells and daytime showers will largely ease and turn increasingly patchy.

    Overnight, thick cloud cover will build in from the west bringing outbreaks of mostly light rain and drizzle.

    Remaining cloudy by dawn with wintry showers spreading into western Scotland.

  • SUMMER COULD LAST HALF THE YEAR IN OUR LIFETIMES DUE TO CLIMATE CHANGE, STUDY CLAIMS

    Summers in spots like the UK and North America could last half the year by the end of the century due to climate change.

    Without efforts to slow global warming, longer summers will become the “new normal” north of the Equator by 2100, scientists warned.

    The change would likely have a far-reaching impact on human health, the environment and agriculture, according to a study on the findings from researchers in China.

    During the 1950s in the Northern Hemisphere, the four seasons arrived in a predictable and fairly even pattern, but climate change is now driving dramatic and irregular changes.

    These changes have altered the length and start dates of the seasons, which may become more extreme in the future, researchers said.

  • THURSDAY TO SATURDAY OUTLOOK

    Rather cloudy Thursday, some rain. Much colder on Friday with frequent heavy showers, wintry in the northwest.

    Showers in the north Saturday, elsewhere fine with sunny spells and less cold.

  • TONIGHT’S OUTLOOK

  • WEATHER WARNING FORECAST

    Good news – there are no weather warnings in place for the rest of the week.

  • LONG-OVERDUE SUNSHINE

    Jubilant forecaster Simon Partridge said: “It’s been a long and bleak winter in lockdown, with a mixture of all sorts of weather.

    “But as the country takes its next step on the roadmap we’re in for some long-overdue sunshine.

    “People will be able to meet up with other households in back gardens and, dare I say it, enjoy a barbecue.”

    He added: “Temperatures will be above average for this time of year and that means people will be able to enjoy time outdoors.

    “It’s been a long slog but we’ve got a lot to look forward to.”

  • TEMPERATURES EXPECTED TO DIP TO AS LOW AS 2C TONIGHT

    Temperatures across the UK are expected to be low tonight with the lowest minimum of 2C seen in northern Scotland.

    For the rest of Britain, overnight temperatures will stay between 3C and 7C.

  • LIFES A BEACH

    Rescue dog Magdee plays on the beach at the seafront in Margate, Kent.

    Credit: PA





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