Britons are set for a return to scorching 71F (22C) temperatures for the first weekend under new lockdown rules, after an Arctic blast saw the mercury dip to -5C in a week of rollercoaster May weather.
It comes as the nation looks to get back outdoors with fines no longer being dished out for sunbathing in public areas, as a little more leniency is added to the government’s coronavirus guidelines.
More commuters have also been spotted venturing outside to take the Tube and trains today, as Prime Minister Boris Johnson urges workers to return to the office.
On Tuesday many parts of the UK woke up to widespread frost, with Scotland suffering one of the coldest May days for 23 years.
But the chill will be short-lived, with the Met Office confirming a steady period of fine weather is to sweep Britain with prolonged dry patches.
Warmer weather is returning to Britain, with the remainder of May posed to be sunny and relatively rain free. Pictured: People sit down on Bournemouth beach in Dorset on the first day of easing for some coronavirus lockdown restrictions
The weather is to perk up heading into the weekend, with sun in southern regions and prolonged spells without fear of rain
As the chillier temperatures subside, high pressure should dominate with most parts of the UK seeing largely fine and dry conditions, with variable cloud and bright or sunny spells.
The far north and northwesterly regions may turn less settled with a greater chance of cloudier skies, outbreaks of rain and stronger winds at times, the Met Office has said.
Temperatures look to take an upward trend over the next two weeks with most areas becoming warm, especially in the south and east.
In terms of right now, the country can expect a variation of weather as we enter the weekend.
Social distancing rules remain in place, with more people now expected to begin venturing outdoors
Police officers on bicycles patrol Bournemouth beach in Dorset as warmer weather starts to return to Britain
Two people were seen taking to the seas on a jet ski in the off of Bournemouth beach on Wednesday as the sun peeped out
Wednesday saw cooler yet calmer conditions across the UK, with sunshine bathing most of the southern regions
A cyclist stops to take a picture of the snow during on the A939 today as snow blizzards hit the Highlands on Tuesday
Further down the UK, in County Durham, warm coastal air pressure saw huge waves crash up against Seaham Lighthouse
‘By the weekend, we could see 21 or 22 degrees in the south – back up to the average temperature for this time of year,’ said a Met Office spokesperson.
‘In the north, we might see a greater risk of rain, a little more changeable in the northern half of the UK.’
Meteorologists have already stirred up excitement after suggesting May is set to be a scorcher with highs of 26 degrees across the second bank holiday.
Through the middle and towards the end of the month there looks to be a continuation of the settled weather as high pressure remain in control across the UK.
Most places should remain largely dry with plenty of brightness or sunshine as well as light winds.
The forecast comes as the government plans to relax lockdown restrictions. Pictured – sunbathers sit at the picturesque Durdle Door at Lulworth in Dorset, which is now re-opening following initial coronavirus closures
The forecast comes as the government plans to relax lockdown restrictions and give the country a greater deal of freedom when it comes to daily activity.
Following Sunday’s update Prime Minister Boris Johnson confirmed people are now able to go outside to partake in sunbathing, relaxation and multiple forms of exercise – as long as they continue to stay two metres apart from people outside of their household.
The guidance will see an end to council patrols rebuking people for catching rays or sitting on benches, providing the rules are being adhered to.