A BALMY spring could help doctors fight coronavirus as 23C sunshine makes its way to the UK.
The warm weather could help free up beds taken by those suffering from flu and other winter bugs – allowing more resources to help treat COVID-19.
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Public Health England hopes to delay the peak of the coronavirus outbreak until warmer months, when flu deaths fall by 15% and the NHS is under less pressure.
The UK's Chief Medical Officer, Professor Chris Whitty has said: "Putting an outbreak into summer away from winter pressures on the NHS is a big advantage."
Professor Mark Jit, who works for Public Health England, added: "The virus may not be as active in summer."
It comes as the Met Office says a warmer-than-normal spring is 11 times more likely than a colder-than-average season.
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Predictions set out by the Met Office for the next three months, say: "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 per cent. The coldest category is less than five per cent."
Forecasters predict the UK could see highs of 23C next month.
The Weather Outlook forecaster Brian Gaze said: "Computer models show 23C highs are expected by the second half of April."
According to the Met Office, today will see a bright start for many, with just a few showers.
There will also be heavy rain at times, with strong winds, arriving in Northern Ireland later this morning then moving eastwards across most parts by evening.
On Tuesday rain and drizzle is expected to clear southwards across England and Wales, where it will be very mild.
The north of Britain is set to be brighterbut colder, with scattered showers and winds.
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