UK weather forecast: Sweltering 70F heat to hit Britain TODAY - and last until EASTER

The Met Office has forecast mercury will reach highs of 21C this afternoon as an area of high pressure brings wall-to-wall sunshine for most parts of the UK. Temperatures are set to rocket out of the high-teens for the first time this year and soar above 20C for the first time in more than six months. Met Office meteorologist Steven Keates said it will be "a beautiful spring day" with "blue skies and sunshine for much of the UK".

He predicted some parts of the Britain "could be seeing 20-21C", which would be "the first time we've reached over 20C since October 1 last year".

Mr Keats added temperatures will increase throughout the day as warm as pushes across the UK from the south.

Northern Ireland and coastal regions will see a break in the warm weather will spells of cloud and rain during the mid-afternoon.

Mr Keats said: “We're starting off with the clear blue skies across much of the UK and for the bulk of Scotland Wales and England.

“Sunshine turning rather hazy at times and that is as cloud pushes into the west affecting Northern Ireland primarily through the afternoon with some smashes of rain, but windy in the west with gales around the coast.

“But the winds are drawing up warm air from the south so temperatures 20-21 degrees quite possible.”

Central and eastern parts of the UK are set to see the best of the warm weather with northern and western areas reaching the high-teens.

The untimely warm weather comes amid the UK-wide lockdown and Cabinet Office Minister Michael Gove has urged Britons to be responsible and to “resist the temptation” to go outside.

At the Downing Street briefing on Saturday, Mr Gove said: “I know that life under lockdown can be challenging and some will be tempted on this sunny weekend to venture out and about.

“But, as the health secretary underlined yesterday, if we relax our adherence to the rules, we increase the risk for others.

“That’s why it’s so important to stay at home, to protect the NHS and to save lives.

“We need to think of those on the frontline and the sacrifices that they’re making for us.”

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