Weather forecast – Brits to bask in mini-heatwave as Met Office predicts record 21C temperatures for UK beaches return

BRITS are set to flock to beaches to enjoy record-high March temperatures this week as restrictions on outdoor gatherings are eased in England today.

The south of the UK will be "very warm", the Met Office said, and some areas in south-east England could see temperatures rise to 24C by Tuesday.

The warmer and brighter weather coincides with the relaxing of England's lockdown on Monday, when the "stay home" order ends and groups of up to six people, or two households, are able to meet outside.

In Wales, lockdown restrictions were eased as the "stay local" requirement was dropped on Saturday, with people allowed to stay in self-contained holiday accommodation.

Temperatures in March have not gone above 24C since March 29 1968, when 25.6C (78F) was recorded in Mepal in Cambridgeshire.

But by Easter weekend, cold air from the north may bring another dip in temperatures, with the Met Office forecasting showers spreading to most areas.

It said temperatures are likely to be around or below average for the time of the year, with a potential for widespread overnight frosts.

The coldest Easter weekend on record was in 2013 when minus 12.5C was recorded at Braemar in Aberdeenshire, on Easter Sunday.

Read our live blog below for the latest weather news and updates…

  • Debbie White

    TEMPERATURES BEGIN TO SOAR

    Temperatures have been climbing today, and tomorrow a warm 22C (72F) could be reached in southern and central Britain, reports The Weather Outlook.

    "Through the second half of the week cooler air returns southwards and the risk of snow may increase by Easter Monday," it adds.

  • Alice Peacock

    RAIN TO CONTINUE FOR NORTHERN AND WESTERN SCOTLAND

    It will be a fine, dry evening across central and southern areas.

    However, rain is expected to continue across northern and western Scotland tonight.

    A yellow weather warning is in place for the region until tomorrow evening.

  • Alice Peacock

    CHILLY NIGHT ON THE CARDS FOR SOME

  • Alice Peacock

    TEMPERATURES SOARING TO 10C ABOVE AVERAGE

    Temperatures tomorrow could soar to around 10C above the average for March.

    It’s normally around 9-13C at the end of March in the UK.

    Temperatures tomorrow are expected to get up to 24C in some regions.

  • Alice Peacock

    HIGHEST UK TEMP THIS YEAR RECORDED TODAY

    Heathrow Airport in London just reached 19.6C, the highest UK temp so far this year.

    Here are some other hot spots today. – Bridlington, Yorkshire 19.4C – Aboyne, Aberdeenshire 18.4C

  • Alice Peacock

    BRITS CAN HEAD TO THE BEACH THIS WEEK AS MINI HEATWAVE HITS

    Brits can go to the beach to enjoy the mini-heatwave this week as lockdown restrictions ease.

    The Government has confirmed there is no cap on the distance you can travel as the ‘stay local’ order is lifted.

    It was expected that the strict ‘stay home’ lockdown message would be replaced by an order not to travel outside your local area – though there was not set to be a strict limit on the number of miles that people are allowed to go.

    However, this has been quietly dropped and people will face no limits on how far they can go from today, it was confirmed earlier.

    So as the UK enjoys an early summer with temperatures rising to 24C, day trips to the seaside are on.

  • Alice Peacock

    YELLOW WEATHER WARNING FOR SCOTLAND

    A yellow weather warning remains in place for Scotland.

  • Alice Peacock

    YELLOW WEATHER WARNINGS ISSUED FOR SCOTLAND

    While much of the UK is basking in a blast of summery heat and sunshine, parts of Scotland is being pelted with heavy rain.

    A yellow weather warning was issued for western Scotland yesterday evening, and would remain in place until 6pm tomorrow.

    Heavy and persistent rain was expected to cause flooding, power cuts and to disrupt travel.

  • Alice Peacock

    EASTER WEEKEND TO SEE MERCURY PLUNGE

    By Easter weekend, cold air from the north may bring another dip in temperatures, with the Met Office forecasting showers spreading to most areas.

    It said temperatures are likely to be around or below average for the time of the year, with a potential for widespread overnight frosts.

    The coldest Easter weekend on record was in 2013 when minus 12.5C was recorded at Braemar in Aberdeenshire, on Easter Sunday.

  • Debbie White

    EASTER WEEKEND TO SEE MERCURY PLUNGE

    By Easter weekend, cold air from the north may bring another dip in temperatures, with the Met Office forecasting showers spreading to most areas.

    It said temperatures are likely to be around or below average for the time of the year, with a potential for widespread overnight frosts.

    The coldest Easter weekend on record was in 2013 when minus 12.5C was recorded at Braemar in Aberdeenshire, on Easter Sunday.

  • Alice Peacock

    NORTH-WEST SCOTLAND DOUSED AS MOST OF UK BASKS IN SUN

  • Alice Peacock

    TEMPERATURES SOARING TO 10C ABOVE AVERAGE

    Temperatures tomorrow could soar to around 10C above the average for March.

    It’s normally around 9-13C at the end of March in the UK.

    Temperatures tomorrow are expected to get up to 24C in some regions.

  • Hana Carter

    ODDS CUT ON HOTTEST SPRING ON RECORD IN THE UK

    Bookmaker Coral has cut the odds to 6-4 (from 2-1) on this spring being the hottest on record in the UK.

    The firm is offering 5-4 for this Easter to be the hottest of all time, while it is 2-1 that 30C or higher is recorded in the UK next week.

    “Spring will have finally sprung next week, with temperatures in the mid-20s.

    “We have not only slashed the odds on it being a record hot Easter this year, but also on a record hot spring,” said Coral spokesman John Hill.

    “The betting also says there is strong chance temperatures could even reach as high as 30C in some parts of the UK next week,” added Hill.

  • Hana Carter

    WEATHER FORECAST FOR NEXT WEEK

  • Alice Peacock

    19C RECORDED IN YORKSHIRE

    It's warming up in Yorkshire, though no records have been broken yet.

    Bridlington has reached 19.1C, according to BBC Weather.

    The UK’s highest temperature so far this year is 19.3C in Grangemouth on March 18th.

  • Alice Peacock

    POP ON THE SUNSCREEN – UV LEVELS EXPECTED TO SOAR

  • Alice Peacock

    BRITS CAN HEAD TO THE BEACH THIS WEEK AS MINI HEATWAVE HITS

    Brits can go to the beach to enjoy the mini-heatwave this week as lockdown restrictions ease.

    The Government has confirmed there is no cap on the distance you can travel as the 'stay local' order is lifted.

    It was expected that the strict 'stay home' lockdown message would be replaced by an order not to travel outside your local area – though there was not set to be a strict limit on the number of miles that people are allowed to go.

    However, this has been quietly dropped and people will face no limits on how far they can go from today, it was confirmed earlier.

    So as the UK enjoys an early summer with temperatures rising to 24C, day trips to the seaside are on.

  • Alice Peacock

    TEMPERATURES WELL ABOVE AVERAGE FOR MARCH

  • Alice Peacock

    DRY WEEK AHEAD FOR MOST

  • Alice Peacock

    SPRING 2021 OUTLOOK – ‘WARMER, DRIER THAN AVERAGE SEASON’

    Spring 2021 could be warmer – and drier – than normal.

    “This year, seasonal computer models and recent climatology are favouring a warmer than average season,” according to The Weather Outlook.

    It adds: “The signal for precipitation amounts is weaker… there are indications of rain amounts being below the 30 year average when taken over the three-month period.”

  • Alice Peacock

    ENJOY BBQ WEATHER – MERCURY TO PLUMMET 10C!

    This week’s warmer air will be short-lived, as a cold front is set to arrive around midweek, warns BBC Weather.

    There is still some uncertainty on the exact timing, but the front should sweep southwards across the UK either Wednesday or Thursday afternoon, it adds.

    The colder air mass behind the front will be a stark difference from the very mild air it replaces, with afternoon highs plunging by as much as 10 Celsius is some places!

  • Alice Peacock

    TEMPERATURES SOARING TO 10C ABOVE AVERAGE

    Temperatures tomorrow could soar to around 10C above the average for March.

    It's normally around 9-13C at the end of March in the UK.

    Temperatures tomorrow are expected to get up to 24C in some regions.

  • Alice Peacock

    ODDS CUT ON HOTTEST SPRING ON RECORD IN THE UK

    Bookmaker Coral has cut the odds to 6-4 (from 2-1) on this spring being the hottest on record in the UK.

    The firm is offering 5-4 for this Easter to be the hottest of all time, while it is 2-1 that 30C or higher is recorded in the UK next week.

    “Spring will have finally sprung next week, with temperatures in the mid-20s.

    “We have not only slashed the odds on it being a record hot Easter this year, but also on a record hot spring,” said Coral spokesman John Hill.

    “The betting also says there is strong chance temperatures could even reach as high as 30C in some parts of the UK next week,” added Hill.

  • Alice Peacock

    RAIN CAUSES TRAIN DELAYS IN SCOTLAND

    Several trains have been cancelled and others delayed in the Highlands this morning as the result of heavy rain in the region.

    Scotrail said that that temporary speed restrictions had been brought in, in response to the weather forecast.

    Highland mainline journeys could face delays of up to 30 minutes.

    The disruption was expected to last until around 9pm tonight.

  • Alice Peacock

    WASHOUT EASTER SUNDAY ‘UNLIKELY’

    “At this stage a washout Easter Sunday is considered an unlikely scenario,” reports The Weather Outlook.

    The forecasters add: “Computer models are showing a wide range of outcomes during the Easter period.

    “A tendency for high pressure to be situated to the north of the UK is possibly favoured.

    “It would lead to the highest risk of rain being in the south and south west with drier conditions more likely in the north.

    “It also brings an increased chance of temperatures being above or below the average, rather than close to it.”

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