UK to be hotter than Ibiza with Brits set to enjoy parks and beaches in 24C sunshine as lockdown eases

THE UK will be hotter than Ibiza next week with temperatures to soar as high as 24C.

Brits will be able to enjoy meeting up to six pals in the Spring sunshine as lockdown eases from tomorrow. 

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Parts of the UK will be hotter than Saint Tropez and Ibiza as the mercury could rise to 24C in south-east England by Tuesday.

It would be only the second day in March that the temperature has reached this high in records going back to 1884.

The maximum temperature recorded in March was 25.6C on March 29 1968 at Mepal in Cambridgeshire.

Met Office forecaster Greg Dewhurst said: "Into next week large swathes of southern England and Wales will be dry with warmer temperatures than expected for this time of year, the average for March being 11-12C.

"The mercury could reach a high of around 18C on Monday, with Tuesday seeing highs of 24C ."

It follows a "north-south split" over the weekend, with the South of England seeing a sunny, dry start to the day yesterday.

Londoners were pictured out and about on Wimbledon Common taking advantage of the crisp, dry weather yesterday morning.

The promenade at Hastings, East Sussex was also packed with Brits out exercising in the glorious sunshine.

And in Edinburgh, cold water swimmers enjoyed a gorgeous sunrise on Portobello beach.

After a sunny Saturday, parts of southern England and Wales will see mostly dry, grey and windy conditions today, although some bright or sunny spells is forecast for the South East.

Temperatures are expected to reach highs of 14C.

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 mercury will rocket next week after today's cold snap, with temperatures soaring as high as 24C in the South of England.

Next week's heatwave comes just in time for the easing of lockdown restrictions – with six pals allowed to meet outside and the 'stay-at-home' order withdrawn.

Meanwhile, limited contact between different households will be allowed and many outdoor activities will be able to resume.

Outdoor sports facilities including golf courses, tennis and basketball courts and swimming pools can all open.

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

Bookies Coral have now cut their odds to just 2-1 on next month being the warmest April since records began.

The firm also makes it odds on at 4-5 that 20C is reached between Good Friday and the Bank Holiday Monday.

Spokesman Harry Aitkenhead said: "Temperatures finally look set to begin to climb as we head through spring and the sun is on the way just in time for Easter."

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