There’s to be more warm weather today following yesterday’s “mini-heatwave” – and Brits have been using the relaxation of lockdown measures to make the most of the sun.
On the second weekend following the easing of Covid restrictions, people have been sunbathing in parks and on beaches, filling outdoor areas of pubs and restaurants, and the high street is busy again after months of hibernation.
Beer gardens up and down the country are fully booked as thirsty Brits try to cram in some sunshine drinking time.
The sun will shine across most of the UK, though it will be slightly cooler than yesterday.
Highs of 15C are predicted in Dorset this afternoon, though that temperature drops to 9 or 10C along the east coast. London is expected to be around 12C.
Met Office forecaster Martin Bowles said: “There will be lots of sunshine on Sunday, although slightly more cloudy in the east.
“It will be a bright and dry day, while the west of the country will remain wall-to-wall sunshine.”
According to the Met Office, there will be “plenty of sunshine through the day” but patches of cloud will “bubble up from time to time particularly across eastern parts of England and parts of Scotland”.
“A chilly start will give way to another fine, dry and bright day with plenty of sunshine for most areas. Breezy in the south and not quite as warm as yesterday in most areas.”
The average temperature for the UK in the final part of April is around 15C. Yesterday, the mercury soared to a whopping 19C.
In Scotland, the fire service has warned of an “extreme risk” of wildfires across several parts of the country.
The Daily Mail reports that bookmaker Coral has slashed the odds to 2-1 on next month being the hottest May ever.
From the middle of next week, the weather is set to become cooler again, with highs between 13C and 15C expected.
Then, forecasters are predicting a scorching 32C heatwave in parts of England and Wales in perfect time for the bank holiday weekend.
Weather experts say a climate pattern called La Nina is behind the sudden surge in temperatures.
The warm break comes after the UK shivered through the coldest start to April since 2013.
The Met Office said mean temperatures were 2-4C cooler than average for the time of year between April 1 and April 18.
Though Covid restrictions have eased, many lockdown measures are still in place, and police have vowed to crack down on anti-social behaviour at hotspots over the weekend.
Under the current revised Covid regulations six people from six different households are able to meet outdoors.
Fine, dry and bright for most places again today.
A chilly start will give way to another fine, dry and bright day with plenty of sunshine for most areas. Breezy in the south and not quite as warm as yesterday in most areas.
Quickly turning chilly this evening and then another cold night with long clear periods and a touch of frost. Northern Scotland turning cloudier though with rain here by dawn.
Early cloud and rain, heavy at times, over northern Scotland moving across Scotland into parts of northern England and Northern Ireland. Heavy showers following. Further south, fine and dry again.
Outlook for Tuesday to Thursday:
Rather cold with a mixture of sunny spells and showers, some heavy at times. Breezy for coastal locations and around showers. Overnight rural frost in places.