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Swimmers return to the outdoor pools of Hampstead Heath today as the UK is set for a weekend with 74F summer sun

Swimmers have returned to the outdoor pools of Hampstead Heath and the lido of Parliament Hill for an early morning swim as the UK faces a sunny weekend with temperatures expected to reach 74F (23C).

Britons who woke up today with a blue sky splashed around the beauty spot in North London on the first day of decent summer weather after a week of rain and dark skies.

Others took the plunge into Parliament Hill, where a lido has reopened to the public today after swimmers spent nearly four months indoors during the coronavirus lock.

Predictors predict a “nice weekend,” as people across the country continue to enjoy easing coronavirus restrictions.

After days of downpours and clouds, the balmy weather will cause British to flock to beaches and parks and enjoy barbecues and outdoor encounters.

And the mercury will continue to rise with temperatures expected to reach 74F (23C) in the next week.

Bookmakers Coral also say it’s likely this month will be the hottest July ever recorded in the UK.

Swimmers enter the Hampstead Heath mixed swimming pond in London as it reopens to the public after the relaxation of coronavirus locking restrictions across England

Swimmers enter the Hampstead Heath mixed swimming pond in London as it reopens to the public after the relaxation of coronavirus locking restrictions across England

Britons who woke up today with a blue sky went to the beauty spot in North London to swim on the first day of decent summer weather after a week of rain and dark skies

Britons who woke up today with a blue sky went to the beauty spot in North London to swim on the first day of decent summer weather after a week of rain and dark skies

Britons who woke up today with a blue sky went to the beauty spot in North London to swim on the first day of decent summer weather after a week of rain and dark skies

Swimmers enter the Hampstead Heath mixed swimming pond in London as it reopens to the public after the relaxation of coronavirus locking restrictions across England

Swimmers enter the Hampstead Heath mixed swimming pond in London as it reopens to the public after the relaxation of coronavirus locking restrictions across England

Swimmers enter the Hampstead Heath mixed swimming pond in London as it reopens to the public after the relaxation of coronavirus locking restrictions across England

A swimmer dives into Parliament Hill Lido, on the first day of reopening since the closure eased after the outbreak of Coronavirus disease

A swimmer dives into Parliament Hill Lido, on the first day of reopening since the closure eased after the outbreak of Coronavirus disease

A swimmer dives into Parliament Hill Lido, on the first day of reopening since the closure eased after the outbreak of Coronavirus disease

A swimmer responds in Parliament Hill Lido, on the first day of reopening since the closure relaxed after the outbreak of Coronavirus disease

A swimmer responds in Parliament Hill Lido, on the first day of reopening since the closure relaxed after the outbreak of Coronavirus disease

A swimmer responds in Parliament Hill Lido, on the first day of reopening since the closure relaxed after the outbreak of Coronavirus disease

Staycations may also be on the menu again, with temperatures referred to today and tomorrow particularly in Wales and the Southwest.

With Office predictor Aidan McGivern said, “For many of us a nice weekend, but some heavy showers for the rest of Friday, especially in the north and east, otherwise sunny, especially in the south and west.

(Saturday) The best sunshine is Wales and the South West and the clouds will thin again later in the afternoon. Temperatures up to 22C, 23C, slightly warmer compared to Friday.

“You can see how the cloud thins out again on Saturday evening and a wonderful evening in many places.”

“Sunday looks good for many, but later in the day there will be some wet weather in the northwest.”

The Met Office revealed the forecast for today in a release: “A dry and pleasant start to the day with early sunshine. It will remain mostly dry with some sunny spells, although patchy clouds will form during the day and there may be a few showers, especially for western Scotland, northern Ireland and northwest England. Mostly gentle winds.

“It will be a dry and pleasant evening with late sunshine for most. However, the north of Scotland will be cloudy, with rain for the northern islands. Overnight will remain dry with long clear periods for most, but with more rain for the northern islands. Mostly gentle wind but moderate for Northern Scotland. ‘

Swimmers enter the Hampstead Heath mixed swimming pond in London as it reopens to the public after the relaxation of coronavirus locking restrictions across England

Swimmers enter the Hampstead Heath mixed swimming pond in London as it reopens to the public after the relaxation of coronavirus locking restrictions across England

Swimmers enter the Hampstead Heath mixed swimming pond in London as it reopens to the public after the relaxation of coronavirus locking restrictions across England

Swimmers enter the Hampstead Heath mixed swimming pond in London as it reopens to the public after the relaxation of coronavirus locking restrictions across England

Swimmers enter the Hampstead Heath mixed swimming pond in London as it reopens to the public after the relaxation of coronavirus locking restrictions across England

Swimmers enter the Hampstead Heath mixed swimming pond in London as it reopens to the public after the relaxation of coronavirus locking restrictions across England

Swimmers enter the Hampstead Heath mixed swimming pond in London as it reopens to the public after the relaxation of coronavirus locking restrictions across England

Swimmers enter the Hampstead Heath mixed swimming pond in London as it reopens to the public after the relaxation of coronavirus locking restrictions across England

Looking forward to tomorrow and Monday, the Met Office added that it will be “mostly good and sunny”, although there may be some clouds and rain.

Meanwhile, leading bookmaker Coral has a 1-2 chance this month on the hottest July ever as the UK prepares for a burning end of the month.

“The rain of early July seems to be a distant memory and we have a strong chance this month to break the record as the hottest ever,” said Harry’s Aitkenhead of Coral.

Coral also has a chance this summer, at 4-5, to be our hottest yet. “This summer may be one to remember when it comes to weather and it seems to have a great chance of being our hottest of all time,” Aitkenhead added.

A swimmer dives into Parliament Hill Lido, on the first day of reopening since the closure eased after the outbreak of Coronavirus disease

A swimmer dives into Parliament Hill Lido, on the first day of reopening since the closure eased after the outbreak of Coronavirus disease

A swimmer dives into Parliament Hill Lido, on the first day of reopening since the closure eased after the outbreak of Coronavirus disease

Others took the plunge on Parliament Hill, where a lido has reopened to the public today after swimmers were trapped indoors for nearly four months during the coronavirus lock

Others took the plunge on Parliament Hill, where a lido has reopened to the public today after swimmers spent nearly four months indoors during the coronavirus lock

Others took the plunge on Parliament Hill, where a lido has reopened to the public today after swimmers spent nearly four months indoors during the coronavirus lock

Directional Social Distance Signs can be seen on Parliament Hill Lido, on the first day of reopening since the closure relaxed after the outbreak of Coronavirus disease

Directional Social Distance Signs can be seen on Parliament Hill Lido, on the first day of reopening since the closure relaxed after the outbreak of Coronavirus disease

Directional Social Distance Signs can be seen on Parliament Hill Lido, on the first day of reopening since the closure relaxed after the outbreak of Coronavirus disease

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