Long-awaited hotter temperatures will finally be hitting the UK in only a few weeks time as 23C is expected, forecasters say.
The sizzling temperatures are expected to beat the average for the time of year between March and May.
It is thought that the UK will be bathed in 23C of heat and holidaymakers are already snapping up deals online for staycation holidays that will see them make the most of the first bout of hot weather for this year.
The Weather Outlook forecaster Brian Gaze said: “Computer models show 23C highs are expected by the second half of April.
”The Met Office three-month forecast said: “For March-May, above-average temperatures are more likely than below-average temperatures.
“The probability average temperatures fall into the warmest of our five categories is around 55%. The coldest category is less than 5%.”
There already has been a 30% leap in the number of people searching for UK staycation holidays online, while those looking to travel abroad has plummeted.
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The warm weather predicted by the Met Office could bring welcome relief as the number of coronavirus cases are currently on the rise in the UK.
The warmer days would be the best time for the virus to peak as the winter flu and vomiting bugs ease off, freeing up hospital beds and more NHS resources.
It may also slow the transmission of the virus from person to person and see people spend more time outside, which reduces risks of transmission compared to staying in doors in colder weather.
Office of National Statistics figures show that death rates are shocking 15% higher in winter with 200,000 hospital admissions although the NHS only has 127,000 hospital beds.
Professor Mark Jit, who works for Public Health England, said: “The virus may not be as active in summer.”
Chief medical officer Professor Chris Whitty added: “Putting an outbreak into summer away from winter pressures on the NHS is a big advantage.”
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Flight traffic to various locations has also taken a dive due to the virus outbreak.
The International Air Transport Association said that will just be the tip of the iceberg as Virgin Atlantic is reported to be down 40% year-on-year.
Travel expert Ian Baldry, who has run IBPTS travel consultants since 2001, said: “A boom in UK holidays is expected, with travel operators' figures showing overseas travel will be down due to coronavirus concerns.”
Britain's campsites are predicted to be particularly popular this spring as it involves having less contact with other people unlike staying at hotels and B&Bs.
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