Parts of Britain to bask in heatwave before Easter ‘sleet and snow’ forecast

Brits are set to bask in a 24C this week but the scorching conditions could be replaced by sleet and snow over the Easter weekend.

The hot weather coincides with the easing of the coronavirus lockdown with people allowed to meet and play sport outside for the first time in months from Monday.

People could bask in record spring temperatures according to the Met Office, with the mercury potentially rising to the mid-twenties in south-east England by Tuesday.

It would make it only the second day in March to hit such heights since 1884 while it would make the UK hotter than holiday hotspots such as Saint-Tropez and Ibiza.

Bookmakers Coral and Ladbrokes have both slashed the odds on this spring being the warmest ever in the UK.

But meteorologists warn the mercury will plummet over Easter, bringing sleet and snow.

Met Office forecaster Greg Dewhurst said southerly winds along with an area of high pressure would arrive in the UK on Monday, with barbecue weather following soon afterwards.

He said: "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.

"Much of the UK will remain dry and bright until Wednesday, while parts of Scotland will see some heavy showers."

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Monday marked the end of the 'stay at home' lockdown order in England, meaning groups of up to six people, or two households, are able to meet outside.

Brits should make the most of the unseasonal weather conditions because things could worsen by the weekend, thanks to "high pressure building in the west", according to forecasters the Weather Outlook.

They said: "That leads to the likelihood of cold air moving southwards over the UK.

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"The risk of sleet or snow could return in time for the Easter weekend."

Bookmaker Coral has cut the odds to 6-4 on this spring being the hottest on record in the UK, while it is also offering 2-1 that 30C or higher is recorded in the UK this week.

Spokesman John Hill said: "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.

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

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