Brits set to sizzle in 17C mini heatwave with sunny boost for beer gardens

Despite the chilly and snowy start to the week, Brits were finally let loose at pubs and bars to enjoy some well-earned beers as lockdown rules eased.

On Monday, pubs and bars were overrun with alcohol-starved customers desperate for a drink after months of being closed.

Temperatures will start to feel a lot warmer towards the end of the month, which means meeting up with friends and family for socially-distanced pub visits will be that much easier to enjoy.

Temperatures in the high teens will become the norm in April, perfect for those wanting to enjoy the famous British beer garden.

Over the next few days, it may still feel quite cold but there will be plenty of sunshine about to lap up.

And by April 23, lucky parts of the UK will experience highs of 17C which will officially be a heatwave, reports the Mirror.

The Met Office's long forecast, from April 18 to 27, predicts: "It looks as though settled conditions will become more widespread again, with plenty of dry and bright weather.

"If any further outbreaks of rain do occur, they will most likely affect northwestern areas.

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"Temperatures will probably be close to average for the time of year, with clearer skies causing warm temperatures by day but allowing temperatures to drop overnight, meaning frost is still possible and that mist and fog formation is likely, especially in the south."

The bright weather and warmer temperatures will be welcome after a dramatic cooling at the start of this week.

In parts of Wales and England fields were blanketed with snow when the mercury dropped close to freezing.

Over the coming week most areas will avoid the rain, with light cloud cover and sunny spells combining with high-single digit temperatures to provide a decent background against which to re-join parts of public life.

For Wednesday, most parts will see dry weather with sunny spells. A few showers breaking out, mainly in the southwest. Temperatures set to be still below average for many but feeling warm in sunshine and light winds.

Towards the end of the week from Thursday, showers are predicted for southeast. Otherwise widely fine and settled with sunny spells. Turning a little warmer by day into the weekend though still cold overnight with frosts.

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