THE UK’s mini heatwave is set to continue today, with the mercury soaring to 23C across the country.
The summer sun has been forecast keep shining over the May Bank holiday weekend, testing the nation's resolve in maintaining coronavirus social distancing in parks and open spaces.
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The day will start with cloudy and damp conditions and the possible occasional rain fall.
But the sun will appear soon after, turning the morning bright and breezy as the mercury rises to 23C.
Sunny spells will remain for most of the day, with some isolated blustery sharp showers predicted in some parts of the country.
Western parts of the UK will receive patchy rain before it heads towards the northeast.
However, across the southeast of England, the Met Office said there was a risk of thunderstorms with heavy rain and gusty winds.
Rain is expected to be the heaviest in parts of the Scottish Highlands and Snowdonia reaching up to 50mm while the rest of the country can expect between 10mm and 20mm.
The rain fall should clear by the afternoon.
And while the warm conditions look like they’re here to stay, the Met Office has issued a weather warning across much of Northern Ireland today.
The yellow wind warning is in place between 10am and 9pm, with wind gusts up to 60mph possible in some areas.
Temperatures reached as high as 28C across the UK on Thursday as members of the public flocked to parks and beaches following the easing of lockdown restrictions by Prime Minister Boris Johnson.
The sizzling conditions will continue over this bank holiday weekend.The mercury is set to hit 25C by Monday afternoon, tempting coronavirus lockdown restrictions as thousands flock to soak up the early summer sun.
This weekend will see a mixture of rain and sunshine throughout the UK, with the mercury set to rise across all parts of the country.
The Met Office wrote on Twitter: "After today's warmth we will see something colder and windier, with rain for some, over the next few days."
"However, temperatures will increase day on day over the Bank Holiday Weekend."
Saturday will be sunny with scattered showers in some areas – and a high of 18C.
Sunday will become cloudier, with patchy rain expected in the west.
The temperature will remain warm in most places with a peak of 18C – with much of the UK basking in sunny spells again.
Bank Holiday Monday will be another scorcher, seeing bright sunshine throughout most of the day with highs of 25C.
After the bank holiday, the weather is expected to stay mostly pleasant.
As people return to work on Tuesday – or their home office – the mercury will soar to 27C in the south east.
Similar highs are expected in Wales, the West Midlands and the west of England.
Britons have been spotted basking in the sunshine all week – flocking to parks and beaches in scores.
Lockdown guidelines in England were eased slightly prior to the mini heatwave, allowing the public to meet one other person outside of their household in an open space such as a park or beach.
The same rules do not apply in Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland.
Wednesday – the hottest day of the year so far – saw Brits pack beaches to bask in 28C sunshine and enjoy temperatures even warmer than Marbella.Sunbathers made the most of the sunny skies – but many forgot about social distancing.
Thousands of Brits flocked to beaches in Brighton, Bournemouth and Blackpool on what has become the hottest day of the year with temperatures hitting 27.8C at Heathrow Airport this afternoon.
But families on the beach in Southend, Essex, appeared to be shunning social distancing advice as they crammed together to get a good spot.
Others hit parks in central London and beauty spots across the country after lockdown measures were eased by the government.
In the South West, traffic wardens ran out of tickets following an influx of sunseekers flocking to coastal hot-spots.
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