Weather forecast UK today – Temperatures to rocket to 20C for 'mini heatwave' over long Easter weekend with Rule of Six

BRITAIN is set to to see snow this weekend before a mini 20C heatwave hits just as lockdown restrictions are lifted.

The Met Office said that there will be much colder air coming through on the weekend as the weather takes "quite a shift."

Wintry showers and freezing temperatures are expected as we get to the end of the week.

Low temperatures are set to spark snowfall across much of the country.

The latest weather charts show Scotland, northern England and Wales are braced for the worst of the wintry conditions.

But the mercury will soar again next week as Brits get a taste of summer – and freedom.

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from seeing one another will once again be allowed to mix in back gardens and the stay at home order will also be withdrawn.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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  • Imogen Braddick

    WEDNESDAY MORNING

    Here's what to expect this morning – it's an unsettled picture for much of the UK.

  • Imogen Braddick

    OUTLOOK FOR FRIDAY TO SUNDAY

    Here's the forecast for the weekend – it will be chilly and wintry for the north of England, and unsettled and windy for the rest of the country.

    "Unsettled and turning colder on Friday with showers turning wintry in the north later. Drier on Saturday for many before turning unsettled and windy again. Temperatures returning to around average," the Met Office said.

  • Imogen Braddick

    TODAY'S FORECAST

    "Cloudy with some light rain in the south. Showers continuing to feed across Northern Ireland and into Scotland, mainly western areas," the Met Office said.

    "Mostly dry over Wales, central and northern England with good sunny spells. Windy in the north."

    It will also be cloudy tonight, with showers in west and northern parts of the country, and perhaps some light rain along the south coast.

  • Imogen Braddick

    RAIN TO KICK OFF WEDNESDAY TO CLEAR OVER AFTERNOON

  • Claudia Aoraha

    SUNRISE THIS MORNING

    Paddle-boarders make the most of the perfect calm sea at sunrise this morning on Tynemouth Longsands in North Tyneside.

    Credit: NNP
  • Claudia Aoraha

    LATEST UPDATE

    Here's the latest weather lines from the Met Office.

    "Sunny spells and some blustery showers across the north and northwest to start Wednesday morning.

    "Cloudier further south with a band of rain moving slowly southeast across parts of Wales and central and southern England."

  • Claudia Aoraha

    YESTERDAY'S WEATHER EXTREMES

    Here are yesterday's extremes.

  • Sarah Grealish

    RAIN TO KICK OFF WEDNESDAY TO CLEAR OVER AFTERNOON

  • Sarah Grealish

    ODDS SLASHED ON HOTTEST EASTER ON RECORD

    Leading bookmaker Coral has 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.

  • Sarah Grealish

    WEDNESDAY FORECAST

    According to the BBC Scotland and Northern Ireland will have blustery showers, turning wintry over the highest ground.

    Meanwhile, a cloudy start for many with sunny spells developing, and light showers in the south-east.

  • Sarah Grealish

    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.

  • Sarah Grealish

    WHEN IS IT OFFICIALLY SPRING?

    According to the Met Office, the astronomical start date for spring in 2021 is Saturday, March 20.

    The end date, which signals the start of summer, is Monday, June 21. 

    This date is determined in reference to the position of the Earth’s orbit in relation to the sun, taking equinoxes and solstices into account. 

    However, meteorological spring begins on Monday, March 1, and ends on Monday, May 31, based on yearly temperature cycles.

  • Sarah Grealish

    EASTER VISITORS TO FORESTS URGED TO PLAN AHEAD

    Visitors to England’s public forests wanting to get outside and enjoy the sunshine are being urged to plan their trip and follow coronavirus guidelines as high numbers are expected in woods over Easter.

    Forestry England, the country’s largest landowner which manages and cares for 1,500 woods and forests in the public forest estate, has issued guidance for people hoping to enjoy some time in nature as restrictions begin to ease.

    The guidelines include planning visits, following Government guidance, bringing masks and sanitiser, taking litter home and a ban on barbecues to cope with the expected influx of visitors.

    The organisation said the nation’s forests have seen a large number of people visiting through the pandemic, and it anticipates sites remaining busy as Covid restrictions ease and warmer weather arrives.

    In a statement Forestry England said: “While high visitor numbers are helping to support Forestry England’s work and the local economy, there are challenges – ranging from some visitors parking thoughtlessly and leaving litter behind, to forgetting to be considerate to staff and each other.”

  • Sarah Grealish

    WINTRY SHOWERS

    The Met Office said that there will be much colder air coming through on the weekend as the weather takes "quite a shift."

    Wintry showers and freezing temperatures are expected as we get to the end of the week.

    Low temperatures are set to spark snowfall across much of the country.

    The latest weather charts show Scotland, northern England and Wales are braced for the worst of the wintry conditions.

  • Sarah Grealish

    NO WEATHER WARNINGS

    There are no weather warnings in place across the UK for next week.

    From today until March 29 Brits can relax knowing there is no risk of severe weather to disrupt day-to-day lives.

    However, there are 10 flood alerts in place in England where “flooding is possible”.

    The Environment Agency warns people should “be prepared”.

  • Sarah Grealish

    TOMORROW'S FORECAST

    Cloudy in south with a little light rain or drizzle but brighter to the north with some blustery showers for Scotland, Northern Ireland and perhaps northern England.

  • Sarah Grealish

    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.”

    He said milder temperatures would dominate for the first half of this week before an unsettled end with a risk of downpours.

  • Sarah Grealish

    PICTURED: STUNNING SUNSET IN MINISTER ON SEA, KENT

    Credit: Alamy
  • Sarah Grealish

    TEMPERATURES TO TAKE A TUMBLE

    The Met Office has warned there will be a change in the direction of the jetstream bringing a change in the weather by Friday.

    There will be “unsettled and often windy conditions” arriving on Sunday.

    “Temperatures will take a tumble”, forecasters warned, and it will feel cold, “with a risk of snow showers over northern hills”.

  • Sarah Grealish

    SUNNY SPELLS EXPECTED TOMORROW

  • Sarah Grealish

    TONIGHT’S FORECAST

    The Met Office said: “Rain in the northwest, heavy on hills, moving gradually southwards.

    “Mild for many in England but northern parts turning colder with showers arriving in the NW.

  • Sarah Grealish

    WARM WEATHER AS LOCKDOWN LIFTS

    Britain is set to mark the lifting of lockdown restrictions amid glorious sunshine and rising temperatures.

    From Monday, households barred from seeing one another will once again be allowed to mix in back gardens.

    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.

  • Sarah Grealish

    AN END TO MISERABLE WINTER WEATHER

    The upcoming settled Easter weather follows a miserable Winter which has seen flooding, snow, ice and storms.

    Last month saw temperatures plunge to a bone-chilling -23C as the Beast from the East returned to wreak havoc.

    It was the UK’s coldest night since December 1995.

    But after the big freeze bookies Coral have now cut their odds to just 2-1 on next month being the warmest April since records began.

  • Alice Peacock

    RAIN KICKING OFF WEDNESDAY TO CLEAR OVER AFTERNOON

  • Sarah Grealish

    BRITS TO GO ‘AL DESKO’

    More than four in 10 home workers are planning to go ‘Al Desko’ this year – by moving their laptop into their garden when the weather improves, research has revealed.

    A survey of 1,000 UK adults working from home found 45 per cent have struggled with their mental health more during the third lockdown compared to the previous two.

    This was driven by the monotony of lockdown for 63 per cent of those who have struggled, with the dark mornings and evenings (62 per cent) and it being winter (60 per cent) also key drivers.

    But as the days get longer and the weather improves, Brits working from home are preparing to make the most of their outdoor spaces while they work.

    Research by Lenovo found 43 per cent aim to work from their garden when it brightens up, with 62 per cent of those believing that being outdoors in the fresh air will make them more productive.

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