UK weather forecast – Britain to bake in hottest day of year so far as temperatures hit 27C – The Sun

THE UK is set to bask in the hottest day of the year so far as temperatures are predicted to rise as high as 27C (80.6F) this week.

It comes as Brits are now allowed to sunbathe in parks and exercise outdoors even more than once a day under relaxed lockdown measures.

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Over the next few days, most parts of the UK will see warm sunshine and clear skies.

On Wednesday, the temperature in London and the south-east of England could surpass 26C (78.8F).

Parts of the UK will be warmer than some of Europe's top holiday destinations, including Marbella and Ibiza.

The mini heatwave will continue into Friday, testing the nation's determination as people are asked to avoid crowded outdoor spaces and observe the two-metre social distancing.

MINI HEATWAVE

Met Office meteorologist Matthew Box said there will be a "north-south" divide on Monday and Tuesday – with some rain in north-western parts of the UK, while southern areas will reach highs of 24C (75.2F).

In the middle of the week, warm winds from the Mediterranean are set to start moving north.

By Wednesday, parts of Scotland and northern Ireland will reach highs of 22C (71.6F) while Wales could see 23C (73.4F) by the afternoon.

The North of England will hit a maximum temperature of 26C (78.8F).

Mr Box said: "It's going to be very hot for large parts of England for most of the week, reaching highs of 27C (80.6F) on Wednesday, which would make it the hottest day of the year so far.

"This will occur due to large areas of high pressure, combined with southerly winds from the continent, bringing with it, pleasant sunshine, dry skies and warmer air."

There is a possibility of thunder and rain across the south and east of England and Wales on Thursday.

Friday could be windy, mainly for western areas, with heavy downpours.

HOTTEST DAY

Under new Government guidelines, Brits can now travel anywhere in England by car with members of their own household – so long as they return on the same day.

The new measures, which came into effect last Wednesday, also allow Brits to meet one person from a different household – but always keeping two metres apart.

It is also possible to picnic outside, for example at parks or beaches.


When the new guidelines were introduced, Prime Minister Boris Johnson urged people to continue keeping a safe social distance from others.

He said: "We want to encourage people to take more and even unlimited amounts of outdoor exercise.

"You can sit in the sun in your local park, you can drive to other destinations, you can even play sports but only with members of your own household."

But he warned: "You must obey the rules on social distancing and to enforce those rules we will increase the fines for the small minority who break them."

Mr Johnson also thanked the public for following the lockdown guidelines.

He said: "It is thanks to your effort and sacrifice in stopping the spread of this disease that the death rate is coming down and hospital admissions are coming down.

"Thanks to you we have protected our NHS and saved many thousands of lives."


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