BRITONS will continue to sizzle in scorching hot temperatures this bank holiday weekend.
The mercury is set to hit 25 by Monday afternoon, tempting coronavirus lockdown restrictions as thousands flock to soak up the early summer sun.
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The UK has been sweltering through high temperatures, with some parts of the country reaching 29C on Thursday – which was expected to be the peak of this mini heatwave.
And while some thunderstorms are expected Thursday evening, the sunny spell is set to continue through the bank holiday weekend.
This weekend will see a mixture of rain and sunshine throughout the UK, with the mercury set to rise across all parts of the country.
The Met Office wrote on Twitter: "After today's warmth we will see something colder and windier, with rain for some, over the next few days."
"However, temperatures will increase day on day over the Bank Holiday Weekend."
Friday is expected to be slightly cooler, with highs of 20C in the south east.
Saturday will be sunny with scattered showers in some areas – and a high of 18C.
Sunday will become cloudier, with patchy rain expected in the west.
The temperature will remain warm in most places with a peak of 18C – with much of the UK basking in sunny spells again.
Bank Holiday Monday will be another scorcher, seeing bright sunshine throughout most of the day with highs of 25C.
After the bank holiday, the weather is expected to stay mostly pleasant.
As people return to work on Tuesday – or their home office – the mercury will soar to 27C in the south east.
Similar highs are expected in Wales, the West Midlands and the west of England.
Britons have been spotted basking in the sunshine all week – flocking to parks and beaches in scores.
Lockdown guidelines in England were eased slightly prior to the mini heatwave, allowing the public to meet one other person outside of their household in an open space such as a park or beach.
The same rules do not apply in Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland.
Wednesday – the hottest day of the year so far – saw Brits pack beaches to bask in 28C sunshine and enjoy temperatures even warmer than Marbella.
Sunbathers made the most of the sunny skies – but many forgot about social distancing.
Thousands of Brits flocked to beaches in Brighton, Bournemouth and Blackpool on what has become the hottest day of the year with temperatures hitting 27.8C at Heathrow Airport this afternoon.
But families on the beach in Southend, Essex, appeared to be shunning social distancing advice as they crammed together to get a good spot.
Others hit parks in central London and beauty spots across the country after lockdown measures were eased by the government.
In the South West, traffic wardens ran out of tickets following an influx of sunseekers flocking to coastal hot-spots.
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