Mini weekend heatwave sees 17C highs as Brits hit pubs for first time in months

A chilly week that saw parts of the UK hit with frost and snow will end with warm temperatures and sunny skies — perfect for the first weekend Brits can hit the pub again.

The mercury will begin to rise on Friday, with forecasters predicting highs of up to 17C in some places in the following days.

Average temperatures will hover in the mid-teens as April finally begins to feel like spring, the Mirror reports.

Forecasters said that while the early morning will be cold plenty of sunshine is expected over the coming days which will lead to warmer climates and higher temperatures than seen recently.

Met Office forecaster Aidan McGivern said: "Another cold morning on Friday to wake up to but for all of us it's going to be a dry day with sunny spells, especially during the morning."

He added: "For the vast majority it's just looking dry with spells of sunshine and it's going to feel a little warmer compared to previous days. "

In the early morning, temperatures will stay below zero, dipping to lows of -6C in some remote areas of Scotland.

But as the day goes on the mercury is expected to soar, in comparison with the biting cold of recent days. There will be temperatures between 12C and 14C in many areas.

In parts of Scotland the temperature will peak at about 16C, forecasters said.

And the start of the weekend promises to be bright with "plenty of sunny skies" and temperatures between 13C and 16C in most areas, peaking at 17C in some spots.

The balmy weather comes on the first weekend after restrictions for pubs and shops were lifted on Monday after months of lockdown.

Brits are expected to spend a staggering amount of cash and reports say five million pints are set to be downed on Friday.

The spring is expected to heat up even further by late April and into early May as warm air sweeps over northern parts of Europe and the UK after being pushed upwards from North Africa and the Mediterranean, the Express reports.

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Temperatures could soar to 17C in parts of southern England on April 27, including Southampton, Brighton, Chichester and Bournemouth. London could also bask in 17C on the same day, while Luton and Bristol see 16C.

It may be even hotter in the north as Leeds is predicted to see 18C, with 13C also hitting Newcastle and Liverpool.

On May 1, temperatures could average 12C in parts of the south east including Kent, London and Portsmouth.

UK Weather Forecast


Early fog patches clearing, then the vast majority of the UK will see a mixture of broken cloud and sunny spells. Feeling quite warm in light winds. Cloudier and breezier in the far northwest with some rain later.


Clearing skies for most, allowing a widespread frost to develop as well as a few fog patches. Cloudier in the far northwest with a little light rain for a time.


Cloud and light rain clearing from northern Scotland, else another dry day with patchy cloud and some sunshine for many.

Outlook for Sunday to Tuesday:

Cloud and outbreaks of rain affecting Northern Ireland and Scotland on Sunday and Monday, moving southeast on Tuesday. Otherwise, dry, settled with sunny spells and overnight frost.

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