Original article from Kent Live
The UK's official weather forecaster appears to be optimistic about things feeling "rather warm" for the rest of April in Kent.
An initial cold snap means pubs are set to reopen outdoors on Monday (April 12) to temperatures close to freezing.
But the Met Office's long range forecast, which covers from Thursday (April 15) onwards, predicts things to be "drier and brighter" from there.
It believes temperatures will be "above average" in time for the weekend – the first weekend that pubs will be open for almost five months.
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The Met Office said: "The most likely scenario for the start of this period is for mainly settled conditions to be in place across the country.
"Unsettled conditions with rain showers may spread erratically from the west at times.
"The heaviest and most prolonged rain as well as the strongest winds, are most likely for western and north-western areas, with eastern areas likely remaining drier and brighter.
"Temperatures will likely remain at or slightly below average at first, before recovering to potentially slightly above average for a time over the weekend.
"Confidence decreases after this, however towards the end of this period it will likely be turning less unsettled with more dry and bright interludes.
"Generally, it is expected to feel rather warm, although temperatures could be supressed in wetter areas."
Forecasters at Accuweather are predicting similar conditions.
Its forecast for our county town of Maidstone has sunshine and clear skies for next weekend, with temperatures hitting 13C.
Accuweather says things will improve even further by the middle of next week, when the mercury is due to hit 15C again.