BBC Weather’s Helen Willetts warned this weekend would be the last of the sunshine before autumnal conditions. By Tuesday, windy and wet weather are expected to send temperatures plunging into single figures. It comes as Britons are set to bask in 26C (78.8F) temperatures to finish the weekend, as police forces around the country continue to warn people to comply with coronavirus restrictions.
Ms Willetts said: “A little on the grey side for some of us this morning but it should and for most will brighten up with some sunshine.
“By the afternoon temperatures will leap into the high teens and low twenties.
“Still quite a keen breeze in the south but that’s not going to stop the temperatures as yesterday from getting into the low to mid-twenties.
“Overnight the mist and the low cloud will return quite widely.
“Temperatures will ease under the clear skies so it will be chilly once again but there are changes on the way in the northwest.
“By the end of Tuesday and there’s uncertainty on the timings, it does look like we’re going to see quite a significant change with a spell of windy weather, wetter weather.
“We are well above average this time of year temperature-wise but it will plunge below in the middle of the week.
“It does look much more autumnal next week.”
People flocked to parks and beaches on Saturday to make the most of the warm and sunny weather, with the mercury reaching 25.2C (77.36F) at Heathrow in the early afternoon.
Sunday is expected to see slightly hotter temperatures, with police officers urging sunseekers not to gather in groups of more than six people.
London and the South East will see the best of the weather, with the mercury hitting just over 26C (78.8F), while Scotland will see 21C (69.8F).
The North West is forecast to see highs of 21C (69.8F) on Sunday, while parts of the North East, such as Newcastle, sitting at around 19C (66.2F).
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John Griffiths, a forecaster at the Met Office, told the PA news agency: “The day will start dry for most areas, with some parts of north east England and Scotland seeing cloud during the morning.
“However as the day breaks it will be hot for many with plenty of sunshine going into the afternoon.
“There could be spells of rain in the south west in places such as Cornwall but they should only be temporary.”
Mr Griffiths said this was due to high pressure and “warm air” moving up from southern Europe.
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