Brits are set to sizzle in 18C sunshine in a mini-heatwave starting tomorrow.

After a largely sunny weekend - the first since lockdown restrictions were eased and allowing people in England to meet their friends for a drink or a meal outdoors - warmer weather is coming.

The mercury is set to reach 18C in the south on Monday before getting a bit colder towards the end of the week, but still remaining above 12C.

This afternoon, southern parts of England and Wales are set to remain sunny and warm with temperatures reaching highs of 16C, while Scotland is going to be cloudier, with the mercury reaching 13C.

People relax on the bank of the River Thames in Richmond, London
People relax on the bank of the River Thames in Richmond, London

Western Scotland will see rain later in the afternoon, despite some sunny spells in the East.

A Met Office forecaster said there will be some patchy rain in the North East tonight, but most of the country will remain dry.

On Monday, most areas in the UK will be sunny, with warm temperatures allowing people to enjoy outdoor spaces in line with Covid restrictions, according to the Met Office.

Lyme Regis has been busy today as people flocked to the seaside resort to enjoy the sun
Lyme Regis has been busy today as people flocked to the seaside resort to enjoy the sun
Temperatures
Temperatures are set to remain warm over the next few days

The meteorologist said Monday will be a warmer day for most people in the UK, compared to other days this week.

Met Office forecaster Marco Petagna said: “Daytime temperatures will rise a little over the next few days.”

From Tuesday, rain is set to move from the North West towards the South East, but elsewhere the weather is set to be dry.

Showers could hit some areas in the North East of the UK and rural places could experience overnight frost and fog.

Brits drink outdoors in Events Square, Falmouth
Brits drink outdoors in Events Square, Falmouth
A couple enjoy a cold beer with a view of St Michael's Mount
A couple enjoy a cold beer with a view of St Michael's Mount in Cornwall

A spokesperson for the Met Office said: "As we go into Monday, Tuesday and possibly Wednesday we could see temperatures reach 16 to 18C in southern parts of England and Wales.

"The north is going to be a bit colder. We’ve got cold air coming down the north of the UK on Sunday, with northerly winds picking up through Monday."

The Met Office said temperatures are slightly above average for this time of year, when it is normally 12C or 13 in England.

A woman enjoys a drink on a warm sunny morning in a beer garden of a pub in London
The good weather has coincided with lockdown easing
Drinkers in Concert Square, Liverpool.
Beer gardens filled up early on Saturday with an estimated six million pints drunk

The warm weather conditions have been a boost for Brits as many headed out for a drink at pub beer gardens or other outdoor hospitality venues.

At the moment, there are no weather warnings in place for next week.

UK 5 day weather forecast

Today

Parts of northwest UK cloudy with occasional rain or drizzle.

Elsewhere a frosty start for many inland areas, but then plenty of sunshine and light winds.

This helping temperatures bounce back, and it should feel pleasantly warm by afternoon.

Tonight

Drizzle in the northwest should ease, though probably enough cloud to prevent frost.

Further east and south another cold night, with fog likely in parts of eastern England later.

Monday

Fog in the east lifting, many parts fine and quite sunny.

Temperatures recovering, most areas feeling warm by afternoon.

Northern Ireland and western Scotland, cloudier with rain in places later.

Outlook for Tuesday to Thursday

Rain in the northwest moves southeast and eases Tuesday.

Most places fine and dry after this, although some showers are likely in the far northeast.

Cold overnight with rural frost.