Highest temperatures of the year forecast next week
Britain could soon enjoy the hottest weather of the year so far, with temperatures predicted to reach 25C early next week.
After the coldest spring for half a century the warmer weather will be a welcome relief as the weather is expected to be sunny and warm this weekend.
The Met office said temperatures in the low 20s should be expected early next week and forecasters predicted this could rise to 25C by mid week.
Lindsay Mears from the Met Office said: “Friday will be warm and Saturday and Sunday will be nice and pleasant with sunny intervals, although cooler than Friday with higher winds.
“Next week starts warmer with bright, dry conditions for most and temperatures in the low 20s possible - although perhaps more cloud than the weekend.”
But forecasters said the warmer weather next week is likely to be followed by wet and windy weather towards the end of the week, with more cloud.
Provisional figures from the Met office show the average temperature for the three spring months of March, April and May is 6C – are set to make it the fifth coldest spring in records dating back to 1910, and the coldest spring on record for 51 years.
Earlier figures suggested this year's spring was on track to be the sixth coldest on record, but cooler temperatures during the last two weeks have pushed temperatures down.
Polar and northern European winds have been blamed, as well as a bitterly cold March which saw temperatures of an average of 2.2C – around 3.3C lower than the average for the month.
May has been a mixed month so far, with the mercury reaching 20C on Bank Holiday Monday, but ending with rain across a lot of the south west. Parts of the country have seen hailstones the size of golf balls fall, while two inches of snow fell in Shropshire and the Environment Agency issued flood alerts for Wales, the South West and the Midlands at the start of the month.
“make the most of the weekend and get your building projects underway” says Greengates Builders Merchants Accrington, Lancashire.