Original article from Kent Live
Kent is in for soaring temperatures of up to 24C next week.
As lockdown eases for the first time in more than three months, the south east is set to experience a heatwave to welcome in the loosening of restrictions.
Some parts of our region are predicted to reach temperatures of up to 24C next week.
With the government stay at home order finally ending, outdoor gatherings of up to six people will be allowed from Monday (March 29).
Despite low and frosty temperatures this weekend, the south coast will heat up as the week progresses according to the Met Office.
But some regions, including south east England, could be enjoying highs of 24C towards the middle of the week, the Met Office has said.
Temperatures are set to drop again over Easter weekend, forecasters added.
The expected hot weather will usher in Britain's first taste of freedom in more than three months as gatherings of up to six people are allowed outside from Monday.
England's "stay at home" rules will be scrapped allowing punters to flock to bars and pubs from April 12, which have seen a huge surge in bookings for outdoor tables.
Small weddings, barbecues and team sports will be given the go ahead as long as they comply with the rule-of-six in the first stage of Boris Johnson's roadmap out of lockdown (starting March 29).
The blast of warmth predicted by Tuesday would make it the second day in March that the temperature has reached this high in records going back to 1884.
The maximum temperature recorded in March was 25.6C, on March 29 1968 at Mepal in Cambridgeshire.
Met Office spokesman Grahame Madge said: "Temperatures of 24C or above have only been recorded on one day in March – March 29 1968 – when a range of stations recorded high temperatures, with the maximum being 25.6C at Mepal in Cambridgeshire.
"Therefore if temperatures rise to 24C next week, that will be only the second day in records going back to 1884 that the UK has seen a March temperature reach 24C."
The Met Office weather outlook
After a chilly but largely sunny start cloud will develop through today, but still there will be sunny spells, especially this morning to early afternoon. Temperatures will be close to normal, and it will feel pleasant in the sunshine. Maximum temperature 11C.
Clear spells then becoming cloudy overnight with outbreaks of rain arriving later, these mainly to western and northern areas. It will become breezy inland, and windy along the south coast. Minimum temperature 5C.
Cloudy, with outbreaks of rain at first but soon becoming dry. Some sunny spells will develop through the afternoon, with many southeastern areas becoming sunny. Rather mild and breezy. Maximum temperature 13C.
Outlook for Monday to Wednesday:
Monday cloudy start then largely sunny conditions developing. Staying dry and mostly sunny Tuesday and Wednesday. Light winds, becoming warm or very warm away from the coast.