Beaches and parking lots are preparing for a rush of visitors as the sun is shining 28 ° C in London and the south today – but the rain will keep things cooler further north.
The Met Office predicted a weather front to cause a temperature split between the two regions with a "fairly gray" day for Northern England and North Wales, but scorching south-east conditions.
According to police, yesterday's UK motorways looked like a cross between a caravan and a boat show after millions of people took to the streets earlier this weekend as the official school holidays for many families begin.
The busy southbound roads towards Cornwall, South Devon and Plymouth were busy, and delays were reported on the M5 southbound from Gloucestershire to Somerset.
Most schools are separated between July 20 and 22 after months of attending school due to the Corona virus being blocked for the summer vacation.
Families imagined enjoying the sunny weather on Branksome Beach in Dorset this morning as temperatures warmed in the southern parts of the UK and mercury might hit 28 ° C (82 ° F) southeast today
Beachgoers dive into the sea today at Branksome Beach in Dorset. Towards the end of the weekend, "sun magic" will appear in many areas, and the rain in the south is slowly subsiding
A member of the public is preparing to practice water sports on Branksome Beach in Dorset today. Coral Bookmaker has managed to hit 1-2 at 86F (30C) or higher recorded this weekend in the UK
Met Office meteorologist Alex Deakin predicted today's weather and said, “For Northern England, North Wales, it looks pretty gray with outbursts of rain, especially west of the Pennines. Sometimes part of this rain could only trickle in Central Wales and eventually trickle down into parts of the Midlands.
“But it looks like most Midlands, most of them from southern England to East Anglia, dry, bright and very warm again. Should brighten up somewhat in the far north of England, but, I say, there is some uncertainty about the location of this weather front.
& # 39; It could be a little further north, it could be a little further south. But it will definitely bring that temperature contrast again, another warm one in the south east, 28 ° C (82 ° F), is possible while it will be cooler further north, but is still comfortable enough in the sunshine where we are in East Scotland See North – East England, 20C (68F) is possible.
“If you are under this cloud and it rains from this weather front, it will feel pretty cool. Now that the Saturday evening weather front can reappear in parts of Wales, especially in the north west of England, and remains fairly wet, the rain could expand if we also go into Sunday. & # 39;
Towards the end of the weekend, "sun magic" will appear in many areas, and the rain in the south is slowly subsiding.
Mr. Deakin added: “This weather front was slowly chugging south into Sunday, still a lot of uncertainty about timing, though it was stalling somehow, though further north the cooler air for Sunday but a fresh, bright day for you Much of Scotland and Northern Ireland.
A group of people enjoy the sunny weather and set up a tent this morning on Branksome Beach in Dorset. The busy southbound roads towards Cornwall, South Devon and Plymouth were busy yesterday
A family sets up camp and takes a bodyboard to prepare for the scorching temperatures on Branksome Beach in Dorset. Most schools will be separated between July 20 and July 22 for the summer vacation
A member of the public roller-skates on Branksome Beach in Dorset, with cyclists in the background. It follows that yesterday was the hottest day this month when the mercury in London's Heathrow reached 28.5 ° C
A cyclist pictured this morning on Branksome Beach in Dorset. The sunny weather follows the police, saying the British highways looked like a cross between a caravan and a boat show yesterday, after millions had taken to the streets earlier this weekend
“A few showers, some drifting inland. But throughout England and Wales, this weather front is still likely to be present and will certainly bring rain and clouds initially. However, it should dissolve during the day.
"We could see more violent showers breaking out later in East Anglia and the Southeast, but there is great uncertainty about how quickly this weather front will disappear."
Coral Bookmaker has managed to hit 1-2 at 86F (30C) or higher recorded this weekend in the UK.
Coral’s John Hill said, “We're facing one of the hottest weekends of the year. Our bets suggest that the UK could reach 30 ° C or higher.
"With more sizzling temperatures on the horizon, we think we could still have a record-breaking summer this year."
Alex Deakin of Met Office, above, predicted a "pretty gray" day for Northern England and North Wales, but the scorching south-east conditions today as a weather front causes a temperature split between the two regions
Towards the end of the weekend on Sunday, "sunny phases" will occur in many areas, in which the rain in the south slowly dissolves. However, the “uncertainty” depends on how quickly the front stops
The busy southbound roads towards Cornwall, South Devon and Plymouth were busy before the weekend as many families went on vacation. In the picture yesterday traffic on the M1 near Worksop
The company also did it at 10-11am for a hose ban this summer and 5-4 for the hottest summer ever in the UK.
It follows that yesterday was the hottest day this month when the mercury in London's Heathrow reached 28.5 ° C.
The Met Office tweeted: “It was the warmest day in July when the temperatures in Heathrow reached 28.5 ° C.
A cold front brought clouds and rain further north, where it was much cooler. Fresher air will spread south this weekend when the cold front clears. & # 39;
In the meantime, yesterday a swarm of flying ants was spotted over the southeast coast, which is so large that it can be seen from space.
A spokesman for the Devon and Cornwall Police and Crimes Commissioner has warned that there may be more domestic visitors to Cornwall and Devon than ever before this year due to foreign travel restrictions. In the picture the M1 near Worksop
Traffic on the M1 near Worksop (top) increased yesterday and delays have been reported on the M5 southbound, from Gloucestershire to Somerset
Drivers were asked to avoid travel at peak times and to check how busy the roads are before embarking on long journeys
The Met Office's weather radar picked up the 50-mile-wide ant cloud over Kent and Sussex. Smaller shoals can be seen over London.
The forecaster tweeted a video of the swarm and said: "It doesn't rain in London, Kent or Sussex, but our radar says otherwise … The radar actually picks up a swarm of #flyers in the southeast.
"During the summer, ants can usually fly to the sky on warm, humid and windless days."
A spokesman for the weather service said there were probably "thousands" of ants in the swarm.
He said: “It is not uncommon for larger swarms to be absorbed. The same thing happened almost exactly a year ago on the day of the flying ant.
"When it's sunny, the radar detects the sponge, but we can see that they don't have the same shape as water drops and actually look more like insects."
Flying Ants Day occurs when males and new queens leave the nest to mate. Many ant colonies do this on the same day.
According to the Royal Society of Biology, there is not always a day with flying ants, but between June and September up to 96 percent of the days are sighted with flying ants.
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