Chilly conditions will give way to warm Easter for group picnics

While Londoners are waking up to freezing temperatures today (March 19), there are early predictions of a warmer Easter according to forecasters and this is likely to be welcomed by many groups who will be able to finally meet up outdoors.

The Met Office is predicting a mixed picture across the UK today with cloud, some sunshine, along with some rain in the south east reports the MirrorOnline.

Temperatures are expected to vary widely across the length of the country and will drop below zero in Wales and some southerly areas.

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Temperatures will remain cold for many today
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But in Scotland forecasters expect there could be soaring highs of up to 18C in some parts.

Yesterday, a low temperature of minus 2.4C was recorded in Yeovilton, Somerset, while in Scotland the Edinburgh Botanic Gardens basked in highs of 19C.

That weather gap is expected to continue on Friday with high temperatures in Scotland while the south will see colder climates.

It will also stay cloudy for most parts in the run-up to the weekend with some fog and frost, particularly in the south east.

Meanwhile, long range forecasts are predicting the Easter weekend to bring warmer weather for Brits slowly emerging out of lockdown.

This latest round of easing of coronavirus restrictions has been timed to coincide with schools breaking up for Easter, meaning friends and family can come together for the first time in months.

The second stage of the country’s ‘roadmap out of lockdown’ plans comes into effect from March 29, and sees more restrictions lifted on socialising.

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Warmer weather is on the way
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In its long range forecasting the Met Office said of the looming bank holiday weekend: “Going into April, settled conditions are likely to continue in southern and eastern areas, where a good deal of dry and bright weather will occur.

“The weather in the northwest will be changeable and unsettled, and there is a slight possibility that some of the wet and windy weather may push southwards into central areas at times, allowing clearer but showery weather into the northwest. Conditions look to be drier than average for most.

“Temperatures are expected to be near to or milder than average, with any cooler interludes likely to be short-lived, and mostly in the north.”

Check the forecast where you are.

UK Five-Day Forecast

Today:

Low cloud and patchy light rain across parts of England and east Wales, keeping it chilly. Some southeastern areas turning much brighter. Northern Britain seeing coastal low cloud and fog, but some inland areas fine and turning out fairly warm.

Tonight:

Clear spells for a while across parts of southeast England, leading to patchy frost. Clearer and chilly, too, in parts of Scotland. Elsewhere mostly cloudy, a little drizzle for some.

Saturday:

Sunny spells for parts of eastern Scotland and northeast England, where it should feel rather warm by afternoon. Elsewhere a lot of cloud generally, perhaps a little drizzle for some.

Outlook for Sunday to Tuesday:

Often quite cloudy, but most places remaining dry each day. Chance of sunny spells most likely in the east. Light winds. Temperatures around average, feeling warm under any cloud breaks.

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