LOCKDOWN weary Brits will bask in 14C sunshine today as a wave pf balmy weather continues to sweep across the nation.

Crowds flocked to parks yesterday to enjoy similar temperatures as sunny spells across the UK marked the official start of Spring.

People made the most of the brighter weather after a miserably cold winter meant they were stuck inside – enjoying the Spring Equinox , the first day of the season.

But some areas experienced cloud in parts over the weekend with a few light showers too, according to the Met Office.

However, more dry and sunny weather is expected over the Easter weekend – and Brits will be able to meet outdoors in groups of six by then too.

Temperatures could be around the 12C mark, about average for the time of year and conditions will remain dry, according to the long-range forecast from the Met Office.

Follow our live blog below for the latest weather news and updates…

  • Olivia Burke

    ICELANDIC RAIN AND WINDS HEADING FOR UK

    The ridiculous weather saga continues this week, as parts of the UK are set to be hit by heavy rain and strong winds.

    It comes as a weather front from Iceland forces temperatures to plunge, with the North West expected to face a spate of wintry showers.

    Temperatures could even drop to 2C by the weekend – yet the start of the week begins with some sunny spells.

    Pleasant temps are expected with some spring-like sunshine.

  • Olivia Burke

    SUNNY SPELLS FOR GEORDIES

    Sunny spells will sweep over Newcastle today, as temperatures could rise to14C.

    Despite a chilly start, the toon is in for a dry day while some warm sunshine basks down.

    It becomes cloudier and breezier later in the night, with even a touch of frost possible in some spots, as the UK is swept by a bout of barmy weather.

  • Olivia Burke

    TEMPS SOAR AS LOCKDOWN ENDS

    Temperatures are set to soar as the UK leaves its lockdown period behind.

    According to long-range forecasts, the mercury will soar to up to 17C by the end of the month, just before beer gardens are re-opened.

    Temperatures will remain mild for now, before hitting 15C on March 24.

    In the Southeast, temps will run a "little above average" while a cooler air is expected to linger.

    Yet the Easter bank holiday is set to see a "unsettled pattern".

  • Olivia Burke

    FORECAST FOR TODAY AND TONIGHT

    Today:

    Early mist and fog patches clearing, then a mainly dry day with variable cloud and some spells of sunshine, whilst some drizzle is possible in the far north and north-west.

    Tonight:

    Cloudy with a little drizzle in the far north and north-west, else dry with areas of cloud and also some clear spells leading to patchy frost and fog.

  • Claudia Aoraha

    SUNSHINE YESTERDAY

    Members of the public enjoy the sun at Portobello Beach near Edinburgh, Scotland, yesterday.

    Credit: Duncan McGlynn
  • Claudia Aoraha

    FORECAST FOR THIS EVENING

    The Met Office said: "Cloudy with a little drizzle in the far north and north-west, else dry with areas of cloud and also some clear spells leading to patchy frost and fog."

  • Claudia Aoraha

    WEATHER TODAY

    Here's the latest forecast for today.

    The Met Office said: "Early mist and fog patches clearing, then a mainly dry day with variable cloud and some spells of sunshine, whilst some drizzle is possible in the far north and north-west."

  • Claudia Aoraha

    SUNDAY'S EXTREMES

    Here are the weather extremes for Sunday.

  • Claudia Aoraha

    'ARCTIC DOME' WILL BRING SNOW & ICE IN COMING DAYS

    The Met Office has warned a 2,000-mile wide 'Arctic dome' of cold air will bring snow and ice into the UK this week.

    After the first signs of spring, the weather will turn colder again starting from Wednesday, forecasters have warned.

    The mercury will plummet with Scotland, Northumberland, Cumbria, Liverpool and Manchester all set to see snow, according to Netweather.

    It has predicted a 30 to 85 per cent chance of the white stuff, with temperatures in the South East reaching between -3C and -5C.

    London, Bath and Kent could also see white showers, forecasters have warned.

  • Joseph Gamp

    EASTER WEEKEND SET TO BE DRY WITH DOUBLE DIGIT TEMPERATURES

    Easter is set to be dry with average temperatures for the time of year at around 12C.

    Brits will be keeping their fingers crossed for fine weather as the rule of six will be in place during the bank holiday weekend as the Covid restrictions ease.

    A Met Office spokesperson 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.”

  • Joseph Gamp

    BRITS HAVE BEEN FLOCKING TO PARKS AHEAD OF RESTTICTIONS EASING

    Spring is in the air – and cooped-up Brits are making the most of the warmer weather to enjoy a weekend off ahead of the easing of lockdown.

    The UK is set to enjoy much milder temperatures in the days to come – and while the mercury will drop towards the end of the week, forecasters predict a bright start to April.

    It comes as Boris Johnson prepares for the next step of unlocking the UK next weekend.

    Across the country, people have been making the most of the warmth.

    Temperatures reached around 15C yesterday and will top out at 14c on the south coast today.

  • Joseph Gamp

    EXPLAINED: WHAT IS THE SPRING EQUINOX?

    The spring equinox marks the changing seasons.

    At an equinox, the sun will shine directly on the equator and there will be nearly equal amounts or hours of daylight and night throughout the world on this day, explains Royal Museums Greenwich.

    The spring equinox marks the astronomical start of spring and days are longer than nights in the UK.

    Daytime will be longer than night-time as the sun travels a longer, higher arc across the sky each day, reaching a peak at the start of summer, explains NASA.

    Read the full details here

  • Joseph Gamp

    MET OFFICE SAYS IT WILL BE A DRY MONDAY TOMORROW

    It’ll be another mostly dry day tomorrow, according to the Met Office.

    There will be variable cloud across the country with some spells of sunshine – best in the east.

    A little drizzle is possible in the far north and west.

  • Joseph Gamp

    MET OFFICE: SUNNY SKIES FOR ENGLAND AND WALES MONDAY MORNING

    It tweeted: "Monday morning brings sunny skies across much of England and Wales."

    It added: "Turning cloudier in Scotland and Northern Ireland."

  • Joseph Gamp

    WATCH: UK WEATHER FORECAST FOR MONDAY MARCH 22 – UNSETTLED OUTLOOK AS WEEK SET TO TURN COLDER

    UK weather forecast for Monday 22nd March – unsettled outlook as the week is set to turn colder

  • Joseph Gamp

    MET OFFICE: MOSTLY DRY BUT CHILLY START TO MONDAY MORNING

    The Met Office tweeted: "A little drizzly rain in the far northwest this Monday morning.

    "Otherwise a mostly dry start but a bit chilly for some."

  • Joseph Gamp

    ABOYNE THE COLDEST AND WARMEST PLACE IN SPRING EQUINOX

    The town in the Scottish Highlands managed to be hold both records over the Spring Equinox.

    Over the last 24 hours, the temperature there got down to -3C but then bounced up to -17C.

  • Joseph Gamp

    BRITS HAVE BEEN FLOCKING TO PARKS AHEAD OF RESTTICTIONS EASING

    Spring is in the air – and cooped-up Brits are making the most of the warmer weather to enjoy a weekend off ahead of the easing of lockdown.

    The UK is set to enjoy much milder temperatures in the days to come – and while the mercury will drop towards the end of the week, forecasters predict a bright start to April.

    It comes as Boris Johnson prepares for the next step of unlocking the UK next weekend.

    Across the country, people have been making the most of the warmth.

    Temperatures reached around 15C yesterday and will top out at 14c on the south coast today.

  • Sarah Grealish

    METEOR MAY HAVE HIT ENGLISH CHANNEL

    A METEOR believed to have caused the "sonic boom" which rocked South West England yesterday may have landed in the English or Bristol channels.

    Hundreds in Devon, Dorset and Somerset reported hearing the mystery blast on Friday.

    The International Meteor Organisation (IMO) have said they received 68 reports, mostly from France as it had clear skies, which they say suggest the meteor may have crashed into the English Channel.

    The UK Fireball Alliance, an organisation which aims to collect freshly-fallen meteorites, have suggested there is not enough evidence to support this claim and they hope to find more fragments in the South West.

    According to the Alliance, radars suggest the rock entered the skies over the Bristol Channel and experts believe fragments may have fallen somewhere in that part of the country.

    Read more here.

  • Sarah Grealish

    OUTLOOK FOR TONIGHT

    Tonight it will be cloudy with some light rain or drizzle far north and north-west, according to the Met Office.

    Elsewhere it’ll dry with clear spells leading to a frost in places.

    Patchy fog and low cloud forming in places.

  • Joseph Gamp

    MET OFFICE FORECAST FOR THE WEEK AHEAD

    The Met Office has warned Brits that cold and unsettled weather will dominate the week ahead.

    The weather agency tweeted: "The weather's set to turn more unsettled and also colder this week.

    "Here are the details."

  • Joseph Gamp

    EXPLAINED: WHAT IS THE SPRING EQUINOX?

    The spring equinox marks the changing seasons.

    At an equinox, the sun will shine directly on the equator and there will be nearly equal amounts or hours of daylight and night throughout the world on this day, explains Royal Museums Greenwich.

    The spring equinox marks the astronomical start of spring and days are longer than nights in the UK.

    Daytime will be longer than night-time as the sun travels a longer, higher arc across the sky each day, reaching a peak at the start of summer, explains NASA.

    Read the full details here

  • Joseph Gamp

    MONDAY TO BE MOSTLY DRY SAYS MET OFFICE

    It’ll be another mostly dry day tomorrow, according to the Met Office.

    There will be variable cloud across the country with some spells of sunshine – best in the east.

    A little drizzle is possible in the far north and west.

  • Joseph Gamp

    FORECAST FOR SUNDAY NIGHT

    Cloudy with some light rain or drizzle far north and north-west, according to the Met Office.

    Elsewhere dry with clear spells leading to a frost in places.

    Patchy fog and low cloud forming in places.

  • Joseph Gamp

    'ARCTIC DOME' WILL BRING SNOW & ICE IN COMING DAYS

    The Met Office has warned a 2,000-mile wide 'Arctic dome' of cold air will bring snow and ice into the UK this week.

    After the first signs of spring, the weather will turn colder again starting from Wednesday, forecasters have warned.

    The mercury will plummet with Scotland, Northumberland, Cumbria, Liverpool and Manchester all set to see snow, according to Netweather.

    It has predicted a 30 to 85 per cent chance of the white stuff, with temperatures in the South East reaching between -3C and -5C.

    London, Bath and Kent could also see white showers, forecasters have warned.

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