Cooped-up Brits set to bask in 28C sunshine as hottest day of the year sees UK warmer than Marbella

COOPED-UP Brits will today bask in 28C sunshine with the red-hot temperature set to be the hottest day of the year – even warmer than Marbella.

Sunbathers made the most of their new-found freedom following the easing of lockdown restrictions as London's St James's Park saw a high of 26.2C on Tuesday – the highest recorded this year.



And the sunshine is set to continue for most of the UK on Wednesday, with temperatures expected to hit 28C.

Met Office meteorologist Aidan McGivern said: “A warm start to the day on Wednesday.

“For most it’s dry and it’s increasingly sunny during Wednesday afternoon, with temperatures reaching mid-20s widely, and up to 28C in the South East.

28C FORECAST

“It stays warm and bright into the evening, but you can see some thicker cloud approaching Northern Ireland, and outbreaks of rain.”

He predicted the hottest day of the year so far, with temperatures in the 20s and highs of 28C in the London area.

The hot weather is likely to be a test of the new lockdown measures after Boris Johnson announced that Brits can now spend as much time as they like outside – as long as social distancing is observed.

For most it’s dry and it’s increasingly sunny during Wednesday afternoon, with temperatures reaching mid-20s widely, and up to 28C in the South East.

Local councils have urged Brits to stick to social distancing and reminded the public that facilities such as outdoor pools and public toilets remained closes.

Officers will also be patrolling popular beauty spots and parks to ensure people are abiding by the government’s guidance.

Tourist spots have also asked people to stay away with many attractions remaining closed – with the majority beaches not being lifeguarded.

HOTTEST DAY

After today’s heatwave, there is a risk of thunderstorms on Thursday in East and South East England as a band of rain pushes eastwards.

Temperatures are predicted to cool from 24C or 25C before the rain to a fresher 17C to 21C on Friday.

Met Office meteorologist Greg Dewhurst said: "There will be a bit of a grey, misty start for some first thing but that will quickly burn away.

"The vast majority of the UK will have a dry day with sunny spells, if not blue skies all day for some."

Mr Dewhurst predicted a windy start to the weekend with sunshine and showers for many with the weather gradually turning drier from the south on Sunday and into bank holiday Monday.

While there has been no immediate end to the lockdown, the easing of restrictions meant plenty made the most of the sun – sunbathing and enjoying picnics.

The PM said: “You can sit in the sun in your local park, you can drive to other destinations, you can even play sports – but only with members of your own household.”

However, he warned: “You must obey the rules on social distancing and to enforce those rules we will increase the fines for the small minority who break them.”







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