Warm weather set to return to UK this week with temperatures of up to 24C

Fine weather forecast throughout the UK this week with temperatures reaching 24C in England by Friday

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Summer is set to return to the UK this week with sunshine, dry weather and temperatures reaching 24C by Friday.

The cold snap will slowly release its grip on Britain with weather more typical of mid-summer finally returning by the end of the week.

Forecasters have assured people they can stop packing away their shorts, skirts and T-shirts and it may even be warm enough to sunbathe.

Temperatures are expected to remain below average at about 18 or 19C in England for the next couple of days then rise as high pressure moves across the country.

The wind will switch from a chilly northerly to a south easterly, drawing in warm and dry air from across the continent as the week goes on and the high pressure moves out into the North Sea.

The mercury should hit 22C in the south and east of England by Wednesday with highs of 19C in Scotland.

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The Met Office said it will feel ‘fine and pleasant’ and advised sun worshippers to make the most of the warm spell.

Forecaster Greg Dewhurst said: “Considering the last few days have been quite chilly, with temperatures of 18 or 19 degrees.

“It will feel quite a bit warmer and pretty good for this time of year.

“Temperatures of 24C are more typical of the beginning of August or the end of July.”

West and south west England may suffer some rain as a weather front moves across the region late on Friday and into Saturday.

Next weekend’s weather is hard to predict but Mr Dewhurst forecast much of the UK should remain dry.