A COLD snap at the start of the weekend will give way to warmer and wetter weather in the lead-up to Easter, meteorologists have said.
The Met Office said the mercury could rise to 24C in south-east England by Tuesday, which could make it only the second day in March that the temperature has reached this high in records going back to 1884.
It comes as Brits prepare to bask in heat as the Covid lockdown rules are eased to allow groups of six to meet outdoors.
Households barred from seeing each other for months will once again be allowed to mix in back gardens, and the stay at home order will also be withdrawn.
Temperatures are expected to hit a high of 20C just in time for the Easter bank holiday weekend.
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