UK weather forecast: Britain to bake in temperatures hotter than Australia - latest maps

This weekend temperatures soared, with Sunday being the first day of 2020 which exceeded 20C. Highs recorded by the reached 22.2C in Porthmadog, Wales, beating the previous highs of the day before when the mercury reached 19.8C at both Heathrow and Kew Gardens.

Despite the temptations of the warm weather, Britons have been warned to remain inside and abide by lockdown conditions.

Currently, Britons are only allowed to leave their homes for essential food shopping, to undertake one form of exercise per day or attend key jobs.

Over the weekend, pictures of people ignoring the rules and sunbathing, visiting the coast or meeting in parks were circulated on social media.

Health secretary Matt Hancock issued a stark warning to those flouting the lockdown rules and said: "To the small minority who are breaking rules - you are risking your own life and the lives of others, and making it harder for us all."

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The Met Office tweeted on Monday: "It's important to #StayHomeSaveLives at the moment, but the weather will be warming up nicely again over the next few days, especially across England and Wales.

"A hint though that things will cool off going into the weekend"

Across the UK some showers are expected and it may feel cooler to the north.

From Tuesday until Thursday the weather is predicted to be mostly dry and warm, however, a weakening band of rain is forecast for the north-west.

Met Office five day forecast

Monday Evening and Tonight

Dry for the majority though a few showers continuing in the far north. Good clear spells and light winds for most.

Colder than Sunday night with frost in a few spots.

Tuesday

Sunshine for the majority of the UK though becoming cloudier in the north and perhaps in the south later.

Becoming warmer again. Windier in the northwest with perhaps some rain.

Outlook for Wednesday to Friday

Rain across Scotland gradually easing. Dry, warm and mostly sunny elsewhere.

Turning more unsettled during Friday with showers and some longer spells of rain, especially in the north and west.

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