How warm will it be in Wakefield during this week's mini heatwave?
Temperatures in Wakefield are set to soar this week with one of the warmest spells of March weather for many years forecast.
The UK could see record-high March temperatures as restrictions on outdoor gatherings are eased in England.
In Wakefield the Met Office said termperatures will top 17C (62.6F) today with some cloudy spells in between a mainly sunny day, before rising to more than 20C (68F) tomorrow (Tuesday, March 30).
Temperatures will stay high on Wednesday when Wakefield is forecast to see temperatures up to 18C (66.2F) with more sunny spells.
By Thursday temperatures will start to dip when the Met Office is forecasting a cloudy day with sunny spells and top temps of a much cooler 10C (51.8F) followed by 9C (50F) on Friday.
Over the Easter weekend Wakefield is forecasting to see more dry weather, mainly cloudy with sunny spells, with temperatures ranging from 10-12C (50-59F).
The warmer and brighter weather coincides with the relaxing of England’s lockdown today, when the “stay home” order ends and groups of up to six people, or two households, are able to meet outside.
This week's forecast in full:
Patchy light rain and drizzle across western hills slowly dying out by afternoon. Dry and brightening up elsewhere, with long sunny spells developing from the south during the afternoon. Strong winds gradually easing. Maximum temperature 17 °C.
Remaining mostly cloudy with the odd spell of light rain and drizzle over the Yorkshire Dales. Dry with light winds and developing clear spell elsewhere, turning chilly by dawn. Minimum temperature 3 °C.
A fine and dry day on Tuesday, with light winds and long periods of uninterrupted sushine. Feeling warm in the afternoon. Remaining dry and largely clear in the evening. Maximum temperature 20 °C.
Outlook for Wednesday to Friday:
Wednesday dry, largely sunny and warm. Cloudy with a little rain later. Chilly start on Thursday, then dry with sunny spells. Dry but cloudier after a frosty start on Friday.