Just what you didn't want to hear .. Sunday is going to be a "T-shirt and barbie" day

Health officials warn "we need to stay at home whatever the weather"

Now for the bad news...Sunday is set to be a scorcher in Northamptonshire.

Met Office experts are predicting “a T-shirt and barbie day" with temperatures of 18 °C and plenty of sunshine to test the county public's resolve during the coronavirus lockdown.

Northamptonshire could be hotter than Portugal and Greece, for a while at least, although a strong breeze might make it feel a little chillier.

Met Office spokeswoman Nicola Maxey said: “For many Sunday will be a T-shirt and barbie day. It will be lovely and warm."

But health officials have urged people to confine barbecues to their back gardens and ignore the temptation to flock to parks.

England's deputy chief medical officer Professor Jonathan Van Tam warned: "Whatever the weather, we all have a shared responsibility to protect those around us and the single most important action we can all take in fighting coronavirus is to stay at home in order to protect the NHS and save lives."

Temperatures average around 12 °C for the first weekend in April. But chilly winds over the next couple of days will turn and bring in warmer weather from the Mediterranean.

Sunday is set to be nice and warm in Northamptonshire

Met Office forecaster Simon Partridge said: “Temperature-wise Sunday is going to be the highlight of the next few days.

“We are still under the influence of high pressure at the moment so there is still a decent amount of dry, settled weather around.

“Going into the weekend the wind shifts. It has been a north westerly wind which has been keeping us all cold but it will be coming from the south over the weekend.

“That means things will start to warm up. Saturday will be up to around 14 or 15C in parts and into Sunday we could well touch 20C."

People are being urged not to flock to the county's parks this weekend

The sizzling temperatures forecast for Northamptonshire compare to the 14 °C in Greek capital Athens and 16 °C on Portugal’s Algarve coast.

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