Britain in for 20C mini-scorcher as Rule of Six returns – and sunny spell to last NINE days

Britain in for 20C mini-scorcher as Rule of Six returns – and sunny spell to last NINE days

BRITS are in for a 20C mini scorcher set to last nine days.

The warm weather will arrive just in time for the return of the Rule of Six and outdoor meetups as lockdown restrictions lift.

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The blast of sunshine is expected to begin this weekend and continue well into April.

Saturday will signal the start of the glorious nine-day run of balmy weather – with no rain in sight in some areas.

The south and southeast of England will get the best of the heatwave conditions, staying dry and mild.

Temperatures could reach 20C in London, and be as high as 19C in Sheffield and King's Lynn on Monday, according to Netweather.

It will bring Brits a much-needed taste of summer – and freedom – as outdoor meetups return.

From March 29, households barred from seeing one another will once again be allowed to mix in parks and back gardens.

The 'stay at home' order will also be withdrawn, allowing those feeling sun-deprived to get out and soak up the rays.

Jubilant Met Office 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."

He added: "Temperatures will be above average for this time of year and that means people will be able to enjoy time outdoors.

"It's been a long slog but we've got a lot to look forward to."

It's good news for families hoping to meet up over Easter – and perhaps have a belated Christmas celebration.

And the warm weather could even continue beyond Easter Monday, with the Met Office predicting "rather warm temperatures" and "settled conditions".

Bookmaker Coral has slashed its odds on this Easter being the hottest on record in the UK.

The firm's John Hill said: "With temperatures set to rise early next month, the odds on a record hot Easter weekend are melting quicker than Easter eggs under the sun.

"Not only can we expected a sweltering Easter, April looks set to be a glorious month this year, according to our betting."

And Ladbrokes has cut its odds on this Easter going down as the hottest on record to 6-4, with the chance of temperatures soaring to 20C by the end of March at 1-2.

Alex Apati of Ladbrokes said: "It looks like we're in for a record-breaking hot Easter which means temperatures will reach dizzy highs of 20C before the month is out if the latest odds are anything to go by."

But the British weather madness continues as snow could fall before we get the sunshine.

The Met Office has warned there will be a short-lived cold snap on Friday, with some wintry showers expected.

Wintry showers and freezing temperatures are expected, sparking snowfall in parts of the country.

The latest weather charts show Scotland, northern England and Wales are braced for the worst of the wintry conditions.

But it won't last long as the milder Atlantic air will return over the weekend.

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