The areas of UK set to bathe in mini 24C heatwave this week as lockdown eases

Areas of the UK are set to enjoy a mini heatwave this week, just as lockdown rules are easing.

Temperatures could soar to 24C in parts of the country, with Tuesday starting bright and sunny.

Although, high pressure and persistent rain will continue to lash north western Scotland today. But it'll seem drier and warmer, up to 18C on Wednesday.

Mercury on Tuesday is expected to reach 23C in the south and east of England, with most seeing 18-20C across England and Wales, say the Met Office.

But the night will be chilly before the hottest day of the week – and possibly beating a March record – on Wednesday.

London could bask in 24C heat, as well as Hertfordshire and Cambridgeshire.

The highest temperature on record for the UK in March is 25.6C, back in March 1968, at Mepal in Cambridgeshire.

Therefore it's close enough that it could smash all records.

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

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"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."

The UK weather forecast map shows the warmest areas will be Norfolk, London, Essex and Hertfordshire with highs of at least 21C.

The midlands and Birmingham are set to lap up 18C, with Wales and the south west expecting a range between 14C and 17C.

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Northern Ireland is forecast 11C on average for Wednesday, and Scotland will fluctuate between 8C and 10C.

Mr Ramsdale continued: “Conditions will start to change through the day on Thursday as cooler air moves in from the north east, highs will fall to the mid-teens before falling further by Friday, especially along the east coast.

"With pressure building from the north however, conditions are expected to remain dry for the majority.

"Through Sunday an even colder pool of air will start to push in across the UK from the north west, bringing a notable change to temperatures compared to the start of the week."

But the warm weather will soon be replaced with chances of snow and a White Easter after temperatures take a deep plunge.

He added for the end of the week: "This also brings a move towards more unsettled conditions with stronger winds and the chance of some wintry showers.”

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