Weather forecast UK – Hottest March day since 1968 today with Brits enjoying 24C heatwave that's warmer than Ibiza

BRITS are flocking to beaches to enjoy record-high March temperatures as Covid restrictions on outdoor gatherings were eased in England.

The south of the UK will be "very warm", the Met Office said, and some areas in south-east England could see temperatures rise to 24C on Tuesday.

That means that it will hotter than Ibiza in parts of the UK today – the warmest March day since 1968.

The warmer and brighter weather coincided with the relaxing of England's lockdown on Monday, when the "stay home" order ends and groups of up to six people, or two households, are able to meet outside.

In Wales, lockdown restrictions were eased as the "stay local" requirement was dropped on Saturday, with people allowed to stay in self-contained holiday accommodation.

Temperatures in March have not gone above 24C since March 29 1968, when 25.6C (78F) was recorded in Mepal in Cambridgeshire.

But 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 coldest Easter weekend on record was in 2013 when minus 12.5C was recorded at Braemar in Aberdeenshire, on Easter Sunday.

The Weather Outlook has warned of snow on Easter Sunday.

Read our live blog below for the latest weather news and updates…

  • Alice Peacock

    EARLY BIRD CATCHES THE WORM

    Plenty of Brits were up and at it early this morning, making the most of the lifting of lockdown restrictions for outdoor sports facilities yesterday.

    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.

    And the lifting of restrictions have coincided with some glorious summery weather.

  • Alice Peacock

    SNOW FORECAST FOR EASTER SUNDAY

    On Saturday April 3, “we can see temperatures across the UK dipping below freezing, so there’s potential for quite a widespread frost.

    “That will be the same for the other nights over the Easter period,” added Brian Gaze of The Weather Outlook.

    He said: “In terms of snow, that’s a big question of course. It will become clearer two or three days before Easter weekend, but computer models are currently showing the potential.”

    Pointing to one weather forecast model, Brian noted it showed: “There is snow across Scotland, parts of higher ground in north England and Wales – even down to southwest England.

    “So if that is correct, some people will be seeing snow on Easter Sunday.”

  • Alice Peacock

    WHAT TO EXPECT FROM TODAY'S WEATHER

  • Alice Peacock

    SET TO BE A RECORD-BREAKING DAY

    Soaring temperatures today could break records dating back to 1968.

    If temperatures exceed 23 °C, it'll be the first time in March since 2012.

    And if temperatures exceed 24 °C, it'll be the first time in March since 1968.

  • Alice Peacock

    ODDS CUT ON HOTTEST SPRING ON RECORD IN THE UK

    Bookmaker Coral has cut the odds to 6-4 (from 2-1) on this spring being the hottest on record in the UK.

    The firm is offering 5-4 for this Easter to be the hottest of all time, while it is 2-1 that 30C or higher is recorded in the UK next week.

    “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,” said Coral spokesman John Hill.

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

  • Alice Peacock

    SIX ON THE BEACH AS COVID RESTRICTIONS EASE FURTHER

    Millions of Britons are in glorious ­sunshine with friends and family as lockdown rules have been eased for the first time in three months.

    Beaches, outdoor pools and parks across the country were packed yesterday as a perfectly-timed mini-heatwave saw temperatures top 20C.

    Under Boris Johnson’s unlock plan, people are allowed to mix in socially-distanced groups of six — or two households — outside or in private gardens for the first time since December.

    Organised and outdoor sports are back on, as are small weddings.

     

  • Alice Peacock

    ENJOY THE SUN – IT WON'T STICK AROUND FOR LONG

    The mini-heatwave expected to hit today won’t last long, with temperatures predicted to take a nose dive on Thursday.

    Temperatures in London are expected to drop to 15C and Good Friday is on course to be even chillier still at just 12C, as a cool front moves in from the North.

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

  • Alice Peacock

    JUNE-LIKE TEMPERATURES

  • Alice Peacock

    SLAP ON THE SUNSCREEN BEFORE TODAY'S HEATWAVE

    If you are spending time outdoors over the next couple of days, remember to slap on the sunscreen to avoid that first burn of the season.

    According to Met Office, UV levels are creeping up as the temperatures rise.

  • Alice Peacock

    CHILLY MORNING BEFORE A SCORCHER OF A DAY

  • Alice Peacock

    24C TODAY – MET OFFICE

    After another chilly night in places, Wednesday is expected to be the warmest day of the week with 24C possible in London and potentially towards Herts and Cambs, says the Met Office.

    The highest temperature on record for the UK in March is 25.6C recorded on March 29 1968 at Mepal in Cambs.

    Chief Meteorologist Steve Ramsdale, said: “The UK will see a few days of notably warm weather to end March, with a maximum of 24C on Wednesday in the south and east of England.

    “There will also be plenty of sunshine across England and Wales.

    “However parts of Scotland will see some persistent rain over the next couple of days.”

  • Patrick Joseph DUGGAN

    MINI HEATWAVE

    THE country will bask in a mini heatwave this week as temperatures soar and lockdown eases.

    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."

  • Patrick Joseph DUGGAN

    LOCKDOWN EASES

    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.

    Elsewhere, temperatures will be above 20C across southern and central England, and in the high teens in the north.

    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."

  • Patrick Joseph DUGGAN

    'ROLLERCOASTER' WEEEK

    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.

  • Patrick Joseph DUGGAN

    23C HEATWAVE

    MET Office forecasters say today will be even warmer than yesterda with the thermometer hitting 23C in London.

    And it is likely to hit 24C on Wednesday.

    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.

  • Patrick Joseph DUGGAN

    SIZZLING BRITAIN

    BRITS could bask in record temperatures this week thanks to a mini-heatwave as they head outdoors after months in lockdown.

    Parts of Britain are set to be hotter than Ibiza over the next couple of days before chilly weather returns over 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.

  • Debbie White

    SIX ON THE BEACH AS COVID RESTRICTIONS EASE FURTHER

    Millions of Britons basked in glorious ­sunshine with friends and family as lockdown rules were eased for the first time in three months on Monday

    Beaches, outdoor pools and parks across the country were packed as a perfectly-timed mini-heatwave saw temperatures top 20C — rising to 24C today.

    Under Boris Johnson’s unlock plan, people are allowed to mix in socially-distanced groups of six — or two households — outside or in private gardens for the first time since December.

    Organised and outdoor sports are back on, as are small weddings.

    Jess Warren-Basham, 28, and solicitor fiancé Jonny Cope, 30, from Hants, were walking down the aisle yesterday — having reduced their guest list from 180 to just six to meet the new rules.

  • Debbie White

    24C ON WEDNESDAY – MET OFFICE

    After another chilly night in places, Wednesday is expected to be the warmest day of the week with 24C possible in London and potentially towards Herts and Cambs, says the Met Office.

    The highest temperature on record for the UK in March is 25.6C recorded on March 29 1968 at Mepal in Cambs.

    Chief Meteorologist Steve Ramsdale, said: “The UK will see a few days of notably warm weather to end March, with a maximum of 24C on Wednesday in the south and east of England.

    "There will also be plenty of sunshine across England and Wales.

    "However parts of Scotland will see some persistent rain over the next couple of days."

  • Debbie White

    WEDNESDAY & THURSDAY DRY AND SUNNY FOR SOME

    The UK outlook for Wednesday and Thursday is for dry weather with spells of sunshine across England and Wales, says Meteogroup UK.

    It'll be "overcast with cloudy skies and rain sinking southwards across Scotland and Northern Ireland.

    "Thursday will be dry for most with cloudy skies breaking to reveal spells of sunshine during the day. A threat of an isolated shower."

  • Debbie White

    SNOW FORECAST FOR EASTER SUNDAY

    On Saturday April 3, "we can see temperatures across the UK dipping below freezing, so there's potential for quite a widespread frost.

    "That will be the same for the other nights over the Easter period," added Brian Gaze of The Weather Outlook.

    He said: "In terms of snow, that's a big question of course. It will become clearer two or three days before Easter weekend, but computer models are currently showing the potential."

    Pointing to one weather forecast model, Brian noted it showed: "There is snow across Scotland, parts of higher ground in north England and Wales – even down to southwest England.

    "So if that is correct, some people will be seeing snow on Easter Sunday."

    The Weather Outlook considers the Easter weather scenarios
  • Debbie White

    SLEET AND SNOW FOR EASTER WEEKEND

    When the showers fall over Easter weekend, "we could see some sleet or snow falling in the showers as they become heavy and prolonged," reports  Brian Gaze of The Weather Outlook.

    As the temperatures drop in those showers, "there's increasing likelihood of them turning to sleet or snow, even down to low levels", he adds.

    Plus, there's potential for frosts to become widespread over Easter.

  • Debbie White

    TUESDAY FORECAST – METEOGROUP UK

    It will be a fine day across England and Wales with lots of spring sunshine which will spread northwards during the day on Tuesday, says Meteogroup UK.

    The forecasters add that tomorrow "will feel very warm in places, especially across the south-east".

    But, it will be "mostly cloudy across Scotland and Northern Ireland with rain for western Scotland, which will be locally heavy".

    And Tuesday night features "a dry and fine evening for most places with late spells of sunshine, however much of Scotland and Northern Ireland will remain cloudy with outbreaks of rain across northern areas.

    "Overnight, thick cloud will sink southwards across Scotland and Northern Ireland. Clear spells across England and Wales."

  • Chiara Fiorillo

    TEMPERATURES TO TURN COLDER FROM THURSDAY

    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.

  • Debbie White

    HOTTER THAN IBIZA IN THE UK

    The weather will continue to improve for many areas from tomorrow with sizzling March temperatures.

    Parts of the UK will be hotter than Ibiza as the mercury soars as high as 23C on Tuesday in eastern England.

    It is even set to hit 24C on Wednesday in southeast England, London, Herefordshire and Cambridgeshire, making it the second highest temperature recorded in March since 1884.

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

    Elsewhere, temperatures will be above 20C across southern and central England, and in the high teens in the north.

  • Debbie White

    PLUNGE OF POLAR AIR OVER EASTER

    Easter weekend will see "another plunge of cold air coming down from the northeast – that's fairly typical," according to Brian Gaze of The Weather Outlook.

    He adds that it's often said in the UK that snow is more likely to fall at Easter than at Christmas, and "this year it looks like there could be a wintry flavour to the Easter period".

    On Good Friday, weather charts show cold air pushing down from the northeast, across much of the UK.

    Brian says this brings in the potential for more widespread sleet or snow showers, suggesting the potential for "wintry conditions this Easter".

    Brian Gaze of The Weather Outlook signals to snow and wintry conditions – shown by the white shade

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