Brits to bask in soaring temperatures as lockdown restrictions begin to ease

UK lockdown restrictions will start to ease from today – just in time for a mini-heatwave to grip the nation.

Under the relaxed 'Rule of Six' rules, up to six friends and family members will be able to meet outdoors, including in private gardens.

Two households will be able to meet in gardens and public spaces, while up to 15 parents and their kids can all link up outdoors. Outdoor sports will also resume.

As part of the new government guidelines, weddings are back on, with couples allowed up to six guests for the ceremony.

But flights abroad for non-essential reasons and meeting indoors are still banned to reduce the spread of the coronavirus pandemic.

It is the first time millions will be able to legally come together since the start of third national lockdown in November last year.

Brits will be allowed to enter other houses, but only to get a drink, use the loo or reach the garden.

Pubs will also allow customers to use their toilets when beer gardens reopen next month.

However, social distancing measures will still apply.

The news comes just in time for an expected mini-heatwave, with highs of up to 25C predicted throughout the week.

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Weather 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."

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