BRITS are set to bask in scorching 24C temperatures today as a wave of warm air from Spain sweeps across the country.
Sunshine and clear skies are forecast across the week, though storms and showers are set to kill the mood on Thursday.
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Met Office weather maps show temperatures hitting 24C in London today, with similar sunny conditions throughout the south east.
These are caused by a wave of warm air sweeping in from Spain and France, which will keep the weather hot and dry until Thursday, when storms and showers are expected.
A spokesman from the Met Office said: "Scotland and North-West England could see a drizzly start on Tuesday, though this will fizzle out.
"Otherwise temperatures are well above average with temperatures of around 24 to 25C in the capital."
Meteorologist Nicola Maxey added that the warm weather could be here to stay.
She said: "We are slowly seeing day-on-day warming and we are seeing temperatures pick up.
"By the time we get to the middle of next week, temperatures will be in the 20s and we could even start seeing them up towards the mid-20s.
"We will be seeing the return of warmer weather and temperatures above average for this time of year."
While Wednesday is set to be warm and dry across the country, storms and heavy showers could disrupt the week of sun on Thursday.
These could also keep the maximum temperature a little bit lower than earlier in the week, with the East of England thought to be particularly badly hit.
Although some rain and showers is predicated in the north, the rest of the country should remain mainly dry heading into the weekend.
The outlook for Sunday to Tuesday will be "increasingly warm with long sunny periods", the Met Office predicts.
Similar predictions were echoed by the national weather service's long range report, which said: "Temperatures look to take an upward trend over the next two weeks with most areas becoming warm, especially in the south and east.
"Most places should remain largely dry with plenty of brightness or sunshine as well as light winds."
The conditions are a relief from the cold snap experienced last week with overnight temperatures on Thursday plummeting well below zero in some areas.
Katesbridge in Northern Ireland saw its lowest temperature ever recorded in May on Thursday morning at minus 6.1C, The Met Office reported.
The change in temperature will be a good excuse for Brits to make the most of unlimited exercise and sunbathing opportunities in public parks and beaches.
The UK has seen some great weather in the past few weeks, despite lockdown restrictions limiting Brits to leaving the house for essentials only.
And with many beauty spots reopening across the country, people will be heading to beaches and natural parks to enjoy the sunshine on next week's Bank Holiday weekend.
Under new Government guidelines, Brits can now travel anywhere in England by car with members of their own household – so long as they return on the same day.
They must also ensure they keep 2m apart from others at all times.
According to the Met Office's long range weather forecast, sunny weather could remain right up until June 11.
A spokesperson said: "Although with low confidence, this period looks to stay largely dry and fine with bright or sunny spells for many."
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