British are ready for a return to scorching temperatures of 71F (22C) for the first weekend under new lockdown rules, after an Arctic explosion saw the mercury drop to -5C in a week in May.
It’s because the nation strives to go back out with fines that are no longer being handed out for sunbathing in public areas, as a bit more leniency is being added to government guidelines for coronavirus.
More commuters have been spotted venturing out to take the subway and trains today, while Prime Minister Boris Johnson urges workers to return to the office.
The relaxation of the lockout rules has also led to thousands of nature lovers flocking to England’s beauty spots, with tourists seen in popular destinations such as Durdle Door in Dorset, Ilkley Moor near Bradford and in the Lake District.
On Tuesday, many parts of the UK woke up to widespread frosts, with Scotland having one of the coldest May days for 23 years. But the chill will be short-lived, and the Met Office confirms that a steady period of fair weather will flood Britain with long-lasting dry patches.
The warmer weather returns to Britain, with the rest of May being sunny and relatively rain-free. Pictured: people sit down on Bournemouth beach in Dorset on the first day of easing due to some restrictions on the corona virus
The weather will brighten up on weekends, with sunshine in southern regions and prolonged periods with no fear of rain
As the colder temperatures decrease, high pressures should dominate as most parts of the UK will see mostly fine and dry conditions, with variable cloud cover and clear or sunny periods.
The far north and northwestern regions may be less populated with a higher chance of cloudy skies, rain showers and sometimes strong winds, the Met Office said.
The temperature appears to be on an upward trend in the next two weeks, with most areas getting warm, especially in the south and east.
In terms of now, the country can expect a variation of the weather when we enter the weekend.
“Over the weekend, we could see 21 or 22 degrees in the south – back to the average temperature for this time of year,” said a spokesman for the Met Office.
“In the north we may see a greater risk of rain, a bit more changeable in the northern half of the UK.”
Social distance rules are being enforced and more people are now expected to venture outside
Police officers by bike patrol Bournemouth beach in Dorset as warmer weather begins to return to Britain
Two people were seen at sea on a jet ski near Bournemouth beach on Wednesday as the sun rose
Wednesday was cooler but calmer conditions in the UK, with sunshine in most southern regions
A cyclist stops today to take a photo of the snow on the A939, while blizzards hit the Highlands on Tuesday
Ahead in the UK, in County Durham, warm air pressure along the coast saw huge waves rise against the Seaham lighthouse
Meteorologists have already sparked the excitement after suggesting that May will become a burner with a maximum of 26 degrees on the second holiday.
Midway through and towards the end of the month, there appears to be a continuation of settled weather as high pressures remain under control across the UK.
Most places have to remain largely dry with a lot of brightness, sun and light wind.
The prediction comes if the government plans to ease restrictions on lockdown and give the country more freedom when it comes to daily activities.
But the relaxation of the rules has led to chaos on the South Coast and North Tyneside, as rows of cars were depicted pouring out of parking garages as a swarm of people tried desperately to reach the beaches.
In Dorset, before the closure was lifted, 150 fines were imposed on motorists traveling to Durdle Door in Lulworth. But under government rules that ease the lockdown, Brits are allowed day trips for their free time.
The forecast is because the government plans to relax lockdown restrictions. Pictured – sun worshipers sit at the picturesque Durdle Door in Lulworth in Dorset, which now reopens after the first closings of the corona virus
Vehicles queue at the entrance to the parking lot in the coastal town of West Bexington in Dorset while people try to go to the beach but cannot park because the parking lot remains closed after the corona virus travel and movement restrictions are eased
The Durdle Door parking lot reopens in Lulworth, Dorset after the travel and movement restrictions for the coronavirus were eased. For walkers, a one-way system on the footpath is in effect to get from the parking lot at Durdle Door
Cars depicted in Dorset’s Durdle Door parking lot as it reopens in Lulworth. After Sunday’s update, Boris Johnson confirmed that people can now go outside to participate in sunbathing, relaxation, and multiple forms of exercise
Hikers on the South West Coast Path with views of Durdle Door and Bats Head. In Dorset, before the closure was lifted, 150 fines were imposed on motorists traveling to Durdle Door in Lulworth
Some places have even begged tourists to stay clear, with the re-branding of Blackpool’s tourist office Twitter page to ‘Do Not Visit Blackpool’ and a chef from Scotland saying the country will be closed to visitors this summer .
Vehicles were scattered around the entrances to the beach in West Bexington, Dorset, where the car parks remained closed there. However, later in Luxworth, the City Council reopened the sites and warning fees were reintroduced.
Meanwhile, parking garages were open along the historic coast at North Tyneside, allowing people to trudge across the sand dunes to the rolling beaches.
Eight parking garages along the scenic coast closed on March 27 after many disobeyed Boris Johnson’s strict orders to stay indoors and instead flocked to the coast.
But this morning, city officials were seen kicking the bollards to the side and dismantling the “stay home” signs while the country got back to work.
After Sunday’s update, Mr. Johnson confirmed that people can now go out to sunbathe, relax, and engage in multiple forms of exercise – as long as they stay two feet from people outside their household.
The guidance will end council patrols that scold people for catching rays or sitting on benches, provided the rules are followed.