Met Office forecast: Soaring temperatures to return after weekend washout

Across the UK the weather has been split - with sunny skies across the north and rain and grey skies for the south. This pattern looks to continue into Saturday evening, before hotter weather returns on Sunday. 

Much of the south has seen grey, drizzly weather today, and there is the potential for thunderstorms to strike this evening.

Conditions have been warm and humid in the far south, cold under the cloud and rain and warm sunshine for parts of Scotland.

Saturday has seen temperatures struggle to get into double figures across much of the country into this afternoon, but patches of sun could push the mercury higher.

meteorologist Craig Snell said: "While cloudy, there will be some outbreaks of rain, though this is likely to turn lighter and patchier in the afternoon.

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"This will allow a few brighter breaks to develop in Cornwall and Devon.

"But north of Manchester, it will remain dry and fine, with a bit of sunshine."

Mr Snell continued: "After the cold start in Scotland, we could see highs of 16 and 17C across the day.

"In the South, it will remain around 10C, but with sunny breaks, this could rise to around 16C."

The rainy weather is due to a plume of air which has travelled up to the UK from Iberia.

"These could climb to 19C and 20C, while the London area could see highs of 21C with a lot more sunshine.

"So if you want to head out into your gardens, that's the day to do it."

Britain is still under lockdown, with restrictions on Friday extended for another three weeks.

So despite the warm weather forecast on Sunday, Britons are urged to adhere to the Government's guidelines.

In Saturday's daily coronavirus press conference, Local Government Secretary Robert Jenrick said all parks must remain open.

Mr Jenrick said he had "made it clear" to councils that all parks must remain open after some closed their gates in recent weeks.

But he warned people must abide by social-distancing rules, and not congregate in the green spaces.

He said lockdown measures were harder for those without gardens or open spaces and that "people need parks", saying they needed to be accessible for "the health of the nation".

Met Office five day forecast

Saturday Evening and night

Northern Britain dry, with some cloud in the east but clear spells and patchy frost further west.

Southern and western areas cloudier and milder with patchy rain slowly dying out.

Sunday

Largely dry, though a small chance of a shower in the southwest. Sunny in the north and northeast, with brighter skies slowly filtering further southwest. Warmer, though turning breezy.

Outlook for Monday to Wednesday

Largely fine with plenty of sunshine. Chance of showers in the far southwest on Monday. Breezy for most on Monday and Tuesday. Gradually turning warmer though still chilly overnight.

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