Britain sizzles in 18C conditions after freezing temperatures overnight
Temperatures in the UK could reach a sizzling 18C today despite the nation being ordered to stay indoors.
Prime Minister Boris Johnson banned people from leaving their homes on Monday night as he announced an unprecedented new series of measures to tackle the coronavirus outbreak in the UK.
People will only be allowed to step outside if they are going shopping for basic necessities, to exercise once a day, medical needs, and travelling to and from work, but only if it is absolutely impossible to work from home.
It means many Brits will have to go out exercising in order to enjoy the sunshine that has been forecast for today.
The weather has been chilly for the start of the day across the country with temperatures as low as -5C in the early hours of the morning.
But Met Office meteorologist Alex Deakin said large parts of Britain move into the teens by 3pm.
Parts of north-west Scotland will remain "soggy" said Mr Deakin, with yellow weather warnings in place until Wednesday.
He described Tuesday beginning with a "chilly night under clear skies, [and] for some a touch of frost in places".
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The south saw the lowest temperatures overnight from Monday with "towns getting close to freezing" while "rural areas through England and Wales saw -2, maybe even as low as -4 or -5 in some spots".
Temperatures have quickly climbed as Tuesday unfolds, Mr Deakin said.
The persistent breeze in the north will make it "cooler than these temperatures would suggest", including 15C in Glasgow.
"But for England and Wales, well we could easily with some sunshine get into the mid teens, 17, 18 is possible," he added.
The latest weather front, which could see 10 consecutive days of sunshine and highs matching the Mediterranean, is thanks to a 500 mile-wide "Portuguese pulse" of warm air.
And with some reports suggesting temperatures could reach 21C in the near future, bookmakers have been slashing the odds on spring being the hottest ever.
From 6pm today until midday on Wednesday heavy persistent rain in north-west Scotland may lead to impacts from flooding, warns the Met Office which has issued weather warnings.
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