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The hottest day of the year so far is expected next week, with forecasts predicting a sizzling 27C (78.8F) on Wednesday

Across the country the temperature will be climbing into the 20s as we head into mid-May,

It will peak on Wednesday when London and the South East of England could bask in heat higher than the 26C (78.8F) recorded in Cornwall on Good Friday.

The coronavirus pandemic has put a dampener on European travel, but parts of the UK are set to be warmer than both Marbella and Ibiza.

Good weather will continue into Friday, potentially challenging the government’s instructions for people to stay at home when possible.

Unfortunately for the north-western parts of the UK, Monday and Tuesday will be cloudy with spells of rain while southern areas will enjoy highs of 24C (75.2F).

But by midweek it will be clearer as the warm Mediterranean winds move further north.

Come Wednesday, parts of Scotland and Northern Ireland will get a chance to bask in highs of 22C (71.6F) while Wales could see 23C (73.4F) in the afternoon.

The North of England will reach a maximum temperature of 26C (78.8F).

Police drive through Battersea Park, London, reminding people that lockdown restrictions are still in place, as the UK continues in lockdown to help curb the spread of the coronavirus.
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Police have previously had to remind people of the lockdown rules

Met Office meteorologist Matthew Box said: “It’s going to be very hot for large parts of England for most of the week, reaching highs of 27C (80.6F) on Wednesday, which would make it the hottest day of the year so far.

“This will occur due to large areas of high pressure, combined with southerly winds from the continent, bringing with it, pleasant sunshine, dry skies and warmer air.”

This warm weather could mean bands of rain and thunder across the south and east of England and Wales on Thursday, however.

Friday could be windy, especially in western areas, with heavy downpours.

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