Temperatures comfortably in the high-teens are set to warm up Brits making the most of their newly restored freedoms.

On Monday countless numbers of people in England left their homes to enjoy their first real draught pint in months or a spot of retail therapy.

While their sheer enthusiasm ensured it was far from a washout, the image of pub-starved punters huddling around outside tables covered in snow was probably not one people have been dreaming of.

Happily the ever-unruly April weather is due to swing back in Brits' favour and beckon in a mini-heatwave by the end of the month.

By April 23, lucky parts of the UK will experience highs of 17C.

The sun and warmer weather is due a comeback before April ends
The sun and warmer weather is due a comeback before April ends

The Met Office's long forecast, from April 18 to 27, predicts: "It looks as though settled conditions will become more widespread again, with plenty of dry and bright weather.

"If any further outbreaks of rain do occur, they will most likely affect northwestern areas.

"Temperatures will probably be close to average for the time of year, with clearer skies causing warm temperatures by day but allowing temperatures to drop overnight, meaning frost is still possible and that mist and fog formation is likely, especially in the south."

The snow was heavy enough in Ramsbottom for people to go sledging
The snow was heavy enough in Ramsbottom for people to go sledging

The bright weather and warmer temperatures will be welcome after a dramatic cooling at the start of this week.

In parts of Wales and England fields were blanketed with snow when the mercury dropped close to freezing.

Over the coming week most areas will avoid the rain, with light cloud cover and sunny spells combining with high-single digit temperatures to provide a decent background against which to re-join parts of public life.

A visit to the beach may even be in order for the brave
A visit to the beach may even be in order for the brave
The sun will start shining come April 23
The sun will start shining come April 23

As of yesterday the following places are now open in England:

And the following freedoms have been restored:

Five day weather forecast for the UK:

This Evening and Tonight:

Showers mostly dying out, though a few persisting across northern England. Clear spells for many and turning frosty in places. A few fog patches forming, mainly in the south and west.

Wednesday:

Most parts dry with sunny spells. A few showers breaking out, mainly in the southwest. Temperatures still below average for many but feeling warm in sunshine and light winds.

Outlook for Thursday to Saturday:

Showers for southeast England on Thursday. Otherwise widely fine and settled with sunny spells. Turning a little warmer by day into the weekend though still cold overnight with frosts.