UK set for 24C scorcher as Brits flock to parks and beaches to enjoy Rule of Six freedoms

THE UK is set for another scorcher today as Brits make the most of their new found freedoms.

Temperatures are expected to rise to 24C in the south east, with the Rule of Six allowing pals to soak up the sun in parks, beaches and gardens.

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The mini heatwave will see parts of Britain getting hotter than Ibiza over the next couple of days – before a chilly spell returns over the Easter weekend.

Yesterday thousands of Brits headed out into the sunshine to enjoy their Rule of Six freedoms as the stay-at-home rule ended.

And Met Office forecasters say today will even warmer with the thermometer hitting 23C – 24C in London.

Met Office chief meteorologist Andy Page said: "In sheltered central and southern parts of the UK, weather conditions will be much calmer with temperatures climbing in the March sunshine to highs into the low 20s, with the possibility of 24C in southeast England by Tuesday."

Bookies Ladbrokes give odds of 6/4 the temperature could beat the all-time March record of 25.6C, set in Mepa, Cambs, on March 29, 1968.

The second warmest March day was 23.6C, recorded in Aboyne in Aberdeenshire, Scotland, in 2012.

Forecaster Craig Snell said the latter was “the one to watch out for” in terms of breaking records.

But the mini-heatwave won’t last long as temperatures are predicted to take a nose dive on Thursday as a cool front moves in from the North.

London is expected to reach only 15C and Good Friday is on course to be even cooler still at just 12C.

Rain is likely on Easter Sunday and there could even be snow on Eastrer Monday.

The Met Office's Mr Snell said: “It is set to be a rollercoaster ride this week with the weather.

"But if you have Easter plans under the new restrictions the message is do them on Friday or Saturday. The weather is giving us plenty of opportunity to get outside.

"On Tuesday, there will be a chilly start with a touch of frost in some areas but then the sunshine will get to work and we may well see temperatures of 22C or 23C in East Anglia and the south east.

“On Wednesday, the cold air from the north will start to move down but for the south east it will be warm again with a potentially record-breaking day in store and temperatures of 24C.”

The sunny spell comes just in time for the easing of lockdown restrictions – with six pals allowed to meet outside and the stay at home order ditched from yesterday.

Two households can socialise in parks, gardens and beaches once more, while outdoor sports facilities can reopen.

Football and cricket pitches, tennis and basketball courts, outdoor swimming pools, golf courses and sailing clubs are now free to reopen after months of being shuttered.

Organised team sports can also resume outdoors, meaning grassroots competitions can take place ahead of the Easter break without the need for social distancing.

The warmth could continue well into April – in time for the reopening of hairdressers, non-essential retail and boozers.

But Brits may first face cold air from the north over Easter weekend, bringing a dip in temperatures.

The Met Office told The Sun Online things will "take a bit of a tumble from Thursday" with cloud and some showers spreading to most areas.

Temperatures likely to be around or below average for the time of year, continuing over the Easter weekend.

There is even the potential for widespread overnight frosts.

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