Brits to sunbathe through the weekend and beyond as warm weather continues

Bright and warm weather will continue throughout the weekend across many parts of the UK, according to forecasts.

Pleasant temperature high in the upper teens and low twenties have been predicted by both BBC Weather and the Met Office, with this warm spell expected to last into next week.

It comes after St James's Park in London saw the mercury rise to 23.3C on Friday (May 6), almost matching 2022's current record of 23.4C.

Some light showers could however spoil the fun for some in the south and south-eat of England on Saturday (May 7), with the Met Office forecast reading: "Early low cloud and drizzle across SE England slowly giving way to brighter skies but also a few showers. Elsewhere, most parts dry with warm sunny spells and light winds. A few light showers developing across Scotland."

British Weather Services meteorologist Jim Dale meanwhile declared the current warm phase as the beginning of "proper summer", and said that "t-shirt weather" would be a lasting presence for the next two weeks.

He said: "These next two weeks, there will be plenty of dry, plenty of warm. In fact, I would say these next seven days are pleasantly warm into the low twenties, in many places but particularly the southeast.

"It's the heating up again in the longer distance at about the 20th of May, when we're about to see proper summer temperatures. It will start to feel very warm, even very hot. By that I'm talking 25C and 26C and universally 23C and 24C."

A leading high street bookmaker now makes it just 5-4 that this May goes on to become the hottest since records began in the UK.

Coral go 2-1 on the summer of 2022 entering the history books as the warmest the UK has ever enjoyed.

Coral’s Harry Aitkenhead said: “We go just 5-4 now on this May to be the warmest we have ever had in the UK, the odds tumbling at the same speed as temperatures are rising. It’s going to be a scorching couple of weeks”

“Hopes are now high for this summer to be a memorable one weather wise and we make it a 2-1 shot that the summer of 2022 enters the record books as the hottest we’ve ever enjoyed"

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