Sunworshippers out in force as Britain basks in 22C rays this weekend with even more heat next week


Britain is set to bask in 22C (71.6F) rays this sunny May weekend, with sun worshippers being warned of the need for sun cream ahead of next week’s warm weather.

The spring heatwave Britain has been waiting for began on Friday, which just missed out on being the hottest day of the year so far with highs of 23.3C (73.9F).

And ahead of this balmy weekend, the UK will feel more like summer than spring with the mercury expected to remain in the high teens and low 20s in the south of England.

On Friday, temperatures yesterday rivalled those of Barcelona, Athens and Istanbul.

The mercury hit 23.3C (73.9F) in Heathrow and St James’s Park in London yesterday – just 0.1C below the 23.4C figure recorded on 15 April, 2022’s warmest day so far.

Over the weekend, temperatures will stay in the low-20s with cloud and drizzle forecast for northern and western areas.

Bournemouth saw plenty of people flock to its beach which saw highs of 21C (69.8F) on Saturday afternoon.

A group of girls donned their bikinis for the sunny Bournemouth Beach, which has reached highs of 21C (69.8F) on Saturday

People flock to the seaside resort of Lyme Regis on Saturday to enjoy scorching hot sunshine and clear blue skies. The popular coastal town was busy with people soaking up the sunny weather on the beach and enjoying food stalls

People flock to the seaside resort of Lyme Regis on Saturday to enjoy scorching hot sunshine and clear blue skies. The popular coastal town was busy with people soaking up the sunny weather on the beach and enjoying food stalls

Ahead of this balmy weekend, the UK will feel more like summer than spring with the mercury expected to remain in the high teens and low 20s in the south of England (Cleo Leilani Khan, 18, from Blackpool, pictured enjoying the weather on St Anne's Beach in Lancashire on Saturday morning)

Ahead of this balmy weekend, the UK will feel more like summer than spring with the mercury expected to remain in the high teens and low 20s in the south of England (Cleo Leilani Khan, 18, from Blackpool, pictured enjoying the weather on St Anne’s Beach in Lancashire on Saturday morning)

Many people took the opportunity of sunshine and 21C (69.8F) temperatures and had a beach day as pictured at Bournemouth Beach, Dorset, on Saturday afternoon

Many people took the opportunity of sunshine and 21C (69.8F) temperatures and had a beach day as pictured at Bournemouth Beach, Dorset, on Saturday afternoon

This group of girls took to the deck chairs on Bournemouth Beach in Dorset where they enjoyed the May sunshine on Saturday

This group of girls took to the deck chairs on Bournemouth Beach in Dorset where they enjoyed the May sunshine on Saturday

Sun worshippers like this woman spent the time basking in the 21C (69.8F) heat, which is only the start of a proposed hot week to come, as forecasted by the Met Office

Sun worshippers like this woman spent the time basking in the 21C (69.8F) heat, which is only the start of a proposed hot week to come, as forecasted by the Met Office

It is officially t-shirt weather in May as the country has experienced warmer temperatures, with Friday just shy of the hottest day of the year at 23.3C (79.9F) compared to today's 21C (69.8F) in Bournemouth

It is officially t-shirt weather in May as the country has experienced warmer temperatures, with Friday just shy of the hottest day of the year at 23.3C (79.9F) compared to today’s 21C (69.8F) in Bournemouth

Although slightly cloudy at times, the warm weather didn't stop sun worshippers from flocking to Bournemouth Beach, pictured on Saturday afternoon, which reached highs of 21C (69.F) this afternoon

Although slightly cloudy at times, the warm weather didn’t stop sun worshippers from flocking to Bournemouth Beach, pictured on Saturday afternoon, which reached highs of 21C (69.F) this afternoon

Britain is set to bask in 22C (71.6F) rays this sunny May weekend, with sun worshippers being warned of the need for sun cream after the 23.3C (73.9F) temperatures Britain saw on Friday (People pictured enjoying Branksome Beach in Bournemouth early Saturday morning)

Britain is set to bask in 22C (71.6F) rays this sunny May weekend, with sun worshippers being warned of the need for sun cream after the 23.3C (73.9F) temperatures Britain saw on Friday (People pictured enjoying Branksome Beach in Bournemouth early Saturday morning)

The spring heatwave Britain has been waiting for began on Friday, which just missed out on being the hottest day of the year so far with highs of 23.3C (73.9F) (Woman pictured at Branksome Beach in Bournemouth early Saturday morning)

The spring heatwave Britain has been waiting for began on Friday, which just missed out on being the hottest day of the year so far with highs of 23.3C (73.9F) (Woman pictured at Branksome Beach in Bournemouth early Saturday morning)

Many at Branksome Beach were up early this morning for a spot of exercise in the sunshine and warm temperatures, with 22C (71.6F) rays expected this weekend

Many at Branksome Beach were up early this morning for a spot of exercise in the sunshine and warm temperatures, with 22C (71.6F) rays expected this weekend

Saturday is likely exceed 20C in the south and 17C in the north. London and the southeast will see a few spots of drizzle but the western half of the country will be dry with lots of sunshine.

The north will see a cloudy Saturday morning with sunny spells and isolated showers developing in the afternoon.

Sunday will see plenty of glorious sunshine with some clouds and light rain later in the afternoon in Wales and the north. Temperatures will reach 19C in the south and 18C in the north.

Meanwhile, the south will see temperatures peak at 22C with dry and sunny spells on Monday.

The north will see cloudy weather with some outbreaks of rain and temperatures of 19C.

Moderate and high levels of UV are forecasted on Sunday – with the south east and south west of England to experience a UV level of 6 after midday tomorrow.

The Met Office tweeted: ‘With moderate and high levels of UV this weekend, remember to protect yourself from the sun if staying outside for any prolonged periods.’ 

The national forecaster also noted that pollen levels are high for many this weekend and the following days, and next week is meant to be hotter than Malibu at 26C (79F) in a two-week sizzle.

Saturday is likely exceed 20C in the south and 17C in the north. London and the southeast will see a few spots of drizzle but the western half of the country will be dry with lots of sunshine (Pair pictured on Bournemouth Beach in Dorset enjoying the warmer temperatures)

Saturday is likely exceed 20C in the south and 17C in the north. London and the southeast will see a few spots of drizzle but the western half of the country will be dry with lots of sunshine (Pair pictured on Bournemouth Beach in Dorset enjoying the warmer temperatures)

Over the weekend, temperatures will stay in the low-20s with cloud and drizzle forecast for northern and western areas. A family is pictured on Bournemouth Beach in Dorset on Saturday morning

Over the weekend, temperatures will stay in the low-20s with cloud and drizzle forecast for northern and western areas. A family is pictured on Bournemouth Beach in Dorset on Saturday morning

Over the weekend, temperatures will stay in the low-20s with cloud and drizzle forecast for northern and western areas. This duo pictured for early morning exercise at Bournemouth Beach in Dorset on Saturday

Over the weekend, temperatures will stay in the low-20s with cloud and drizzle forecast for northern and western areas. This duo pictured for early morning exercise at Bournemouth Beach in Dorset on Saturday

A 1,000 mile-wide 'tropical burst' is due early next week. The South will be mainly dry, with the North more unsettled, but also sharing in the warmth at times. People pictured on Bournemouth Beach, Dorset

A 1,000 mile-wide ‘tropical burst’ is due early next week. The South will be mainly dry, with the North more unsettled, but also sharing in the warmth at times. People pictured on Bournemouth Beach, Dorset

Moderate and high levels of UV are forecasted on Sunday - with the south east and south west of England to experience a UV level of 6 after midday tomorrow (People pictured on Bournemouth Beach, Dorset)

Moderate and high levels of UV are forecasted on Sunday – with the south east and south west of England to experience a UV level of 6 after midday tomorrow (People pictured on Bournemouth Beach, Dorset)

The weather cocktail of warmth, little rain and relatively light breezes have made it a perfect spring - and now the looming heatwave will make it a hay fever corker (Pair pictured on Bournemouth Beach, Dorset on Saturday morning)

The weather cocktail of warmth, little rain and relatively light breezes have made it a perfect spring – and now the looming heatwave will make it a hay fever corker (Pair pictured on Bournemouth Beach, Dorset on Saturday morning)

‘Pollen levels are high for many this week with oak and birch tree pollen most prevalent as well as a little grass,’ the forecaster wrote on Twitter. 

A 1,000 mile-wide ‘tropical burst’ is due early next week. The South will be mainly dry, with the North more unsettled, but also sharing in the warmth at times.

Met Office forecaster Marco Petagna said: ‘It’s warm, above early May average temperatures of 12-17C – and there’s plenty more warmth ahead. Who fancies the mid to upper-20s around mid-May?’

A Met Office forecaster added: ‘It’s possible later next week will have well-above-average temperatures. Even warmer weather is on the way.’ 

The weather cocktail of warmth, little rain and relatively light breezes have made it a perfect spring – and now the looming heatwave will make it a hay fever corker.

It hits an estimated ten million people around the UK, and as a sign that the suffering has started to spike, Google searches for ‘hay fever symptoms’ have soared as a high as 306 per cent.

Next week will start more unsettled in northern and western areas – but a mini heatwave could move in next weekend.

The record temperature for May was set in 1944, when the mercury reached 32.8C.

But the Met Office said the current high temperatures have been ‘particularly surprising’ as it is so early in the month.

This is thanks to a high-pressure system brought on by south westerly winds from the Azores.

Meteorologist Richard Miles said: ‘The average maximum temperature for May is 15.13C in the UK and 16.2C in England, so it’s quite a bit above that.

‘But obviously May tends to be quite a lot cooler at the start than at the end,’ he added.

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