Brits will enjoy a warm Easter Bank Holiday weekend as lockdown rules are relaxed to allow outdoor meetings again, forecasters say.
The Met Office has said temperatures will be around 12C in the first days of April- above average for the time of year.
Under Boris Johnson’s “roadmap” out of lockdown, March 29 could be the day the “stay at home” order lifts, as long as cases continue to fall.
If this move goes ahead, it means the “rule of six” will come back into effect outdoors, allowing families and friends to legally meet in groups for the first time in months.
This will be just in time for the Easter weekend, which forecasters currently predict will be dry.
The Met Office said: “Going into April, settled conditions are likely to continue in southern and eastern areas, where a good deal of dry and bright weather will occur.
“The weather in the North West will be changeable and unsettled, and there is a slight possibility that some of the wet and windy weather may push southwards into central areas at times, allowing clearer but showery weather into the North West.”
Good Friday is on April 2 this year, kicking off a four-day weekend – with Easter Monday on April 5.
This week the Prime Minister said he was confident that his plan to ease restrictions by June was “on track”.
Addressing the public at a Downing Street briefing on Thursday he said that with more than 25 million people vaccinated, there is “no change” to his roadmap.
He stated: “We remain on track to return to the things we love.”
Forecasters are expecting most of the UK to experience a dry start to the week before the weather becomes more unsettled with rain on Tuesday and Wednesday.