Brits set to bake in 27C heatwave during next stage of lockdown lift

Brits will melt in a scorching 27C heatwave set to hit when the next round of lockdown rules are set to ease.

The sizzling temperatures will soar to the high-20s in a spate of hot spells just in time for the middle of next month when more sectors reopen as part of the Government's roadmap out of lockdown.

A series of hot weather, each predicted to last for up to a week, will arrive in time for May 17.

The next stage of the roadmap will allow hotels to reopen and hopefully overseas travel to get the green light as part of the UK's travel list indicator, which is only weeks away from being announced.

Although the Bank Holiday weekend may see temperatures drop slightly to 15C over the three days next week, it's expected to rise again to 27C two weeks later.

Looking ahead, the beginning of June could see its own balmy temperatures with 30C sunshine.

June 21 will see all social restrictions lifted if vaccines and Covid cases continue on their journeys as planned.

And towards the end of the month, 33C scorcher is on the way, with meteorologists forecasting it could be the hottest summer in Britain for decades.

Hot air will blow in from the continent, and warmer-than-average mercury will be three times more like than cooler-than-average temperatures between April and June, according to the Met Office.

A Met Office forecaster said: “It is likely to continue settled, but with the chance of rain later in the next week.

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“Into May, warmer days are most likely inland in the South and West.

“May 7-21 has the possibility of warmer spells, with fine periods, and showers at times.”

An 'extreme heatwave' hit the UK last summer, with 34C daily temperatures for six days in a row between August 7 and 12.

The sunshine was longer than the 1976's drought-hit summer.

Until the hot summer ahead, northerly winds bringing a slight chill will bring a cold end to April.

Met Office forecaster Martin Bowles said: "There will be lots of sunshine on Sunday, although slightly more cloudy in the east.

"It will be a bright and dry day, while the west of the country will remain wall-to-wall sunshine.

"Over the next few days temperatures are going to be dropping a bit because they are above average for this time of year."

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It has also been one of the driest Aprils on record, with the country seeing less than a fifth of the average rainfall for the month so far.

The Weather Outlook forecaster Brian Gaze said: “Highs pushing towards 27C are expected by mid-May, with 30C into June and 33C by the time July begins.

“Flares of heat from the continent are forecast.”

The warm weather has caused Brits to make the most of Covid restrictions easing, with beer gardens and bars open outside since April 12.

Families also flocked to the coastlines and beaches to bask in the sunny spells.

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