Brits have flocked to beaches and parks in a mini 19C heatwave today as police vowed to break crowds flouting coronavirus restrictions.
Most of the UK has been enjoying warm weather, with pleasant temperatures and plenty of sunshine.
Temperatures in Wales have hit highs of 18C this afternoon and could reach 19C at around 4pm, according to the Met Office.
Parts of western Scotland have also enjoyed warm temperatures as people visited outdoor areas amid easing of lockdown restrictions.
Met Office forecaster Craig Snell told The Mirror: “Whitchurch in Wales at the moment is 17.7C and even in Scotland we’ve got a few places which are heading towards 18C.”
The mercury is expected to reach highs of 20.8C in Porthmadog, north Wales on Friday, but today’s peak is expected to be around 19C, Mr Snell said.
Brits lapped up the good weather on their second weekend of increased freedom from lockdown restrictions, with people expected to fill the outdoor areas of bars and restaurants on Saturday night.
The forecaster said the average temperature for the UK in the final part of April is around 15C – with southern parts generally warmer than areas in the North.
Mr Snell said: “The temperature is slightly above average, but not unusual for this time of the year.
“Certainly most Aprils in the last few years we’ve had temperatures above 20C being recorded.”
The meteorologist explained that some areas along the north coast of Norfolk have been experiencing colder temperatures, with highs of 9C or 10C.
Tomorrow, Brits will be able to still enjoy the sunshine as temperatures are expected to remain in the high teens in most parts of the UK.
But from the middle of next week, the weather is set to turn cooler again, with highs between 13C and 15C expected.
It comes before a scorching 32C heatwave which is forecast in parts of England and Wales.
Weather experts have said a climate pattern called La Nina is behind the sudden surge in temperatures.
But police have vowed to crack down on anti-social behaviour at hotspots over the weekend.
A number of dispersal orders have already been put in place in South Wales, including Cardiff Bay, Swansea, Ogmore-by-Sea and Barry Island, the Sun reports.
The orders give South Wales Police the powers to break up crowds.
Similar action is also being taken in Tenby, Pembrokeshire, over fears about “possible anti-social behaviour.”
Under the current revised Covid regulations six people from six different households are able to meet outdoors.
North Wales Police said it was putting on extra patrols because it was expecting the area to “get very busy this weekend”.
The action comes after people gathered in large numbers in Cardiff Bay and other places, drawing criticism they were not following the rules and could cause a spike in coronavirus cases.
South Wales Police said it was the first time a dispersal order had been put in place at Ogmore-by-Sea and was due to anti-social behaviour recently.
“We are not there to monitor visitor numbers and prevent those visiting in a law-abiding manner from enjoying. We are there to ensure public safety,” said the force.
UK 5 day weather forecast
Another chilly start and then another fine, dry and bright day with plenty of sunshine for most. Mainly light winds, but breezy in the far south. Cooler than yesterday in the east and northeast, elsewhere similar temperatures and feeling pleasant.
A fine end to the day but quickly turning chilly this evening. A cold, dry night with mostly clear skies and a touch of ground frost follows.
Another fine, dry and bright day in prospect. Breezy across southern UK and most areas not quite as warm as Friday and Saturday, especially across England and Wales.
Outlook for Monday to Wednesday:
Outbreaks of rain will spread across northern parts on Monday, while the south remains largely dry. Sunshine and scattered showers Tuesday and Wednesday and it will become cool.