Lockdown Britain will bask in a spirit-lifting 10-day heatwave starting today.
The blast of sunshine “should dominate” until the end of the month, the Met Office said.
Temperatures will reach 15C as a “Portuguese pulse” blows in from the continent.
A Met Office spokesman said of today: “Most areas will be fine and dry with the sunniest skies across the south of the UK. It should feel a little warmer than of late.”
Tomorrow will have mild showers but will be “otherwise dry and mostly sunny.” There could be patches of early-morning frost but they will clear quickly because of the time of year.
At times during the forecast mini -heatwave the mercury should reach 15C– which is hotter than Greece.
This should give some consolation to those able to enjoy their garden during the coronovirus crisis.
Ex-BBC and Met Office forecaster John Hammond of weathertrending said: “We will tap into air from further south in Europe through the early part of the week, with daytime temperatures rising.”
Bookmaker Ladbrokes this week cut odds on spring being the hottest ever from 6/1 to just 5/2.Spokesman Alex Apati said: “The sun is up but the odds are down. Punters are backing a hot spring.”
The Weather Outlook forecaster Brian Gaze added: “Sunshine will help boost the mood, with an extended period of settled and dry conditions after recent months’ widespread flooding.”
However, Scotland will not enjoy the same balmy conditions.
Yellow weather warnings are in place across the north-east of the country for heavy rain until tomorrow.
These warnings are in place from 6pm this evening until midday on Wednesday, with the Met Office warning of persistent rain.
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