UK weather – Brits set to enjoy highs of 18C as Charles and Camilla welcome first day of Spring

PRINCE Charles and Camilla have welcomed the first day of spring as Brits enjoy highs of 18C.

Marking the beginning of spring, the royal couple shared the snap where they posed in Highgrove, their Gloucestershire estate.

The photo where they look at each other, while Camilla holds a bunch of flowers was captioned: "Wishing you a happy and healthy first day of Spring. The Prince of Wales and The Duchess of Cornwall in the garden at Highgrove."

Meanwhile, Scotland saw the best of today’s weather as temperatures rose to 18C.

The day's top temperature hit 17.6C in Aboyne, in northern Scotland.

A message from the Met Office said: "The satellite picture from today shows the best of the sunshine has been in the northeast.

"Aboyne in northern Scotland reach 17.6°C earlier this afternoon."

The nice weather is set to continue throughout the weekend in York, Newcastle, Berwick-upon-Tweed and eastern Scotland. 

The sunny weather has prompted many to enjoy the ease of lockdown rules that allows them to meet one person outside for a picnic or coffee.

It comes as earlier today the equinox took place, where the sun shines directly on the equator and there are equal amounts or hours of daylight and night.

But the Met Office has warned of a 2,000-mile wide "Arctic dome" of cold air that will turn the weather colder again, starting from Wednesday.

However 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 during the bank holiday weekend as the Covid restrictions ease.

On March 29, the rule of six will be re-introduced, allowing six people or less – or two households – to mix outdoors.

This means even small gatherings in private gardens will be permitted.

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."

From March 29 people are advised to "minimise travel" and meet up with friends and family locally.

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