PARTS of Britain were blasted by near-zero temperatures early today before the balmy weather returns later.
After a chilly start, most of the UK will have a dry day with light winds and a lot of sunny spells, meaning the Indian summer will get back on track.
And the mercury is set to rise again after dipping as low as 0C in the North and parts of Scotland overnight.
Met Office meteorologist Clare Nasir said: “With just a light breeze we could see some mist and light patches, particularly in the countryside.
“We could see temperatures close to zero in parts of southern Scotland and northern England.”
While cooler in the north, in most places temperatures were likely to hover above 10C overnight, with forecasters predicting highs of around 15C in Southampton.
Monday’s dreary weather was in stark contrast to the weekend as many Brits made their way to the beaches up and down the country as temperatures hit 25C in London and 24C on the South coast.
Today, the South and South-West are due to get the best of the day’s weather and the far north could see the odd shower.
Those warm and sunny conditions look set to remain for the rest of the week although the light winds will also be present with temperatures rising as the week progresses.
Northern parts will see some rain and drizzle and the nights could get chilly and some morning fog and mist could be present first thing but these will quickly clear away.
Over the weekend a North-West/South-East split is expected with the dry, sunny weather expected to stay in the south but the far north west is due to be wet and windy.
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The Met Office’s Nicky Moxey told The Sun Online earlier: “It’s going to be a nice week; a nice warm spell.
“There’s a warm front running east to west and temperatures will be rising as the week goes on with Saturday being the warmest day with many southern parts seeing temperatures around 25-26C.
“High pressure is in charge all week except for the far northern parts of Scotland which will see some unsettled weather and the risk of rain and drizzle.”
The Met Office website said most of Britain is set for “plenty of sunshine and warmth” over the coming days.
It added that the week will bring: “Predominantly settled conditions across the UK, with any wet and windy weather confined to the far north.”
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The Weather Outlook forecaster Brian Gaze said: “26C is possible later in the coming week as a thrust of subtropical air brings Indian Summer-style conditions, with plenty of warm sunshine and beach weather for parts.”
Ex-BBC and Met Office forecaster John Hammond of weathertrending said: “Subtropical southerlies bring the prospect of fine, warm weather.
“The mid-20s may be seen, more typical of midsummer, before a downward trend in temperatures towards September 29.”
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