BRITS are set to bask in a mini-heatwave next week, after a chilly weekend with wintry showers, sleet, and snow.
Pub-goers will be able to soak up the sun in beer gardens across the UK on Monday after four months.
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Brits could be basking in highs of 16C by Thursday
There will be a mini-heatwave after a cold weekendCredit: LNP
Snow falls heavily in the North West as joggers and canoeists head down the Bridgewater canalCredit: Zenpix
On Monday, temperatures will reach between 5C and 10C, hitting a high of 12C in some areas of the UK.
While it will still be fresh and chilly, the day will likely be bright and dry as outdoor hospitality, hairdressers, and shops open for the first time in four months.
April 12 will be feeling less cold than the weekend – but in London and the south, it will be cloudy and damp at first.
This weekend will see wintry showers of rain, sleet and snow in central and northern parts of Britain.
Frost and icy patches will develop, alongside patchy rain over the south-east.
By Wednesday, most of the country will experience temperatures above 10C with London getting to 14C.
Areas up north will not be far behind with Aberdeen expecting to reach 11C on Tuesday.
Brits can enjoy the double-digit temperatures – while having frosty and cold evenings.
And mercury is then set to rocket to 16C on Thursday.
And it will hold at 16C through until April 19.
The sunshine boost comes after winter’s final blast brought plunging temperatures and yet more snow in early April after the hottest March day for 50 years.
It comes as non-essential shops, hairdressers and theme parks, as well as restaurants with outdoor space, reopen in England on Monday.
But a legal loophole means even pubs without gardens can fling open their doors to customers next week.
That’s because boozers can serve alcohol in any outdoor area, such as a car park.
Pubs, bars, restaurants and cafes can utilise any outdoor space available to them as a makeshift drinking and dining area – an initiative first mooted last June.
BRIGHTER DAYS ARE COMING
And there will be no need for customers to order a substantial meal with alcoholic drinks – but punters must order, eat and drink while seated.
Met Office spokeswoman Nicola Maxey said the coming Monday will be “a cold day with bright weather for most”, with average UK temperatures of between 5C and 10C.
But southern areas and London could see temperatures reach 12C.
And it’ll only get better from there as the week progresses, with the mercury soon reaching the mid-teens.
She said: “By the time we get to Monday, April 12, it’s certainly looking fine, dry and cold in the south.
“The further north you go, the colder it is and there’s a risk of showery rain for the west side of Scotland and for Cumbria.
“There’s a chance that some of that rain could fall as snow in the high ground in Scotland.
“There’s also a chance of frost on Monday and Tuesday morning, following cold nights, with most places likely to see temperatures just touching above freezing.”
Her colleague, meteorologist Dean Hall, advised Sun readers to take a coat on Monday – but said it’ll be nice in the sun, with highs of up to 11C in the south.
Meanwhile, higher pressure could bring “fine, dry days” as the week goes on, he said.
Those who do decide to head out for a pint with pals won’t have to rely on cash when they go.
Punters will be able to use their cards indoors, it has been confirmed, after confusion when official guidance stated guests in hospitality “must” pay at their outdoor table.
Industry bosses complained that poor rural broadband and mobile signal means card machines cannot be used in pub gardens – typically in remote parts such as in Devon and Cornwall.
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