Warm weather, sunny skies and clear weather will cover most of the UK this weekend, with the potential for temperatures to climb above those in Greece. While in lockdown the hot weather may make it tempting to head outside, make sure you abide by the lockdown rules and social distancing guidelines.
While balconies and gardens are fine to soak up the warm weather, Prime Minister Boris Johnson has issued a plea for Britons to follow the guidelines and stay indoors.
In a video message on Friday, Mr Johnson said: “I reckon a lot of people will be starting to think that this is all going on for quite a long time and would rather be getting out there, particularly if you’ve got kids in the household, everybody may be getting a bit stir crazy, and there may be just a temptation to get out there, hang out and start to break the regulations.
“I just urge you not to do that. Please, please stick with the guidance now.”
The influx of warm weather is due to a southerly wind flow, which is blowing warm air across the country.
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On Saturday, an early rain will clear from northern Scotland and elsewhere most places will be dry with patchy cloud and a good deal of sunshine.
Temperatures will feel warmer than recently, though turning windy in the west.
On Sunday, it will again be a dry day with plenty of warm sunshine in the east.
Met Office spokeswoman Bonnie Diamond said: “As we head towards the weekend it’s going to get warmer.
“On Saturday we’re seeing a southerly wind flow develop across the UK and that’s going to bring higher temperatures.
“There will be some showers and rain in places, but this is mostly confined to the far North of Scotland.
“Everywhere else is going to be dry with some hazy sunshine.”
The warm weather is forecast to stay across the UK on Sunday however for some areas conditions will be cloudier, in particular across Northern Ireland and Scotland earlier in the day.
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Ms Diamond told the Standard: “Top temperatures on Saturday look to be around 14C or 15C and then on Sunday we’re going to get another pulse of warmth, another dry day and more sunshine.
“Temperatures range quite widely in the mid-teens with highs of possibly 19C or 20C in a few spots.
“It’s also getting quite breezy on Sunday but it is still going to feel warm.”
These temperatures will make the UK hotter than both Greece and Portugal this weekend.
In Athens this weekend, the forecast is for temperatures to reach 14C, while on the Algarve coast in Portugal there will be highs of 16C.
Met Office five day forecast
Cold with wintry showers across northern Scotland. Most other parts dry with broken cloud and sunny spells, but a few showers around; mainly across central and western areas.
Rain, with some hill snow, moving northeastwards across Scotland.
Mostly dry elsewhere with clear spells, allowing frost and a few fog patches to form.
Early rain clearing from northern Scotland.
Most places dry with patchy cloud and a good deal of sunshine. Feeling warmer than recently, though turning windy in the west.
Outlook for Sunday to Tuesday
Sunday dry for many with warm sunshine in the east.
Rain affecting the west will cross all parts overnight followed by scattered showers on Monday. Dry for many on Tuesday.
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