Britain to bask in 22C heat blast this month as sunny weather returns next week after snow

BRITAIN is set for a 22C heat blast this month with glorious sunshine expected to return next week.

The warm weather comes as a huge boost for Brits heading to pub gardens after a cold snap yesterday.

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Temperature maps by WXCharts show the mercury soaring to the early 20s across the nation from Sunday April 25. 

But the best weather will come the following week – with the chart showing highs of 22C in Leeds on April 28. 

Meanwhile, London and large swathes of the south of England will see 20C temperatures. 

BBC forecasters said the end of April will see a return to the sunshine following a cold snap. 

They said: "The tail end of April and first part of May will be at the mercy of high pressure that should often find itself to the north or west, and low pressure to the south near Spain.

“The UK will be caught between these two large-scale pressure systems, so we will likely continue to see changeable weather.”

They added: “As we head into May we expect the weather to become increasingly more settled, dry, and warm.”

The Met Office said: “Dry weather is likely to be more prevalent overall, especially during late-April, with this signal waning during May, although all areas are likely to see some showers or longer spells of rain at times.

"Temperatures probably close to average with some warmer spells are possible at times."

Yesterday, outdoor hospitality was allowed to reopen after being closed for months during lockdown.

Brits were seen at pub beer gardens, outdoor bars and restaurants around the country despite cold temperatures – with some people even braving heavy snow to enjoy a pint.

Pals knocked back pints on deckchairs at The Cat and Fiddle Inn in Macclesfield, Cheshire, surrounded by snowy ground.

And groups of friends reunited at pubs across Newcastle, Huddersfield and Portsmouth, wrapped up in coats, scarves and woolly hats.

The weather is set to remain cold for the rest of this week, reaching highs of just 15 by Sunday.

But from next week, people will be able to enjoy warmer temperatures as the mercury reaches 17C by April 23, according to WXCharts.

Despite the chilling temperatures, there will be plenty of sunshine in Scotland, northern and eastern England – with western areas experiencing cloudy conditions.

Tomorrow, temperatures will be between 11C and 14C, as they increase slightly after a cold start to the week.

Northern Ireland is set to be the warmest spot in the UK on Wednesday, Mr McGivern said.

Yesterday, as pubs and beer gardens reopened across England, some punters shivered in bracing conditions, with the mercury a bone-chilling 1C in the capital this morning.

Hungry diners flocking to restaurants will need to wrap up warm in outdoor seating areas as snow carpeted the country.

Along with beer gardens and outdoor dining areas, non-essential shops, hairdressers, indoor gyms, swimming pools, nail salons and zoos in England were also allowed to reopen their doors yesterday.

Bookies have now made this April odds on to become the coldest ever.

The coldest was recorded in 2011 when the mean average for the month was 5.7C.

So far, the mean average for this April is 4.6C.

But Met Office forecaster Nicky Maxey said rising temperatures "could change everything".

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