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Hot July expected as summer finally arrives in the UK

Day-trippers enjoying the sun on West Wittering beach near Chichester, West Sussex. Photo: Joe Giddens/PA Wire

Summer could finally be around the corner with forecasters predicting the UK could enjoy warm weather for the rest of July.

With parts of Britain yesterday experiencing the hottest day of the year so far, memories of one of the coldest springs on record could soon be banished.

12 month old Rose Blythe enjoys an ice cream on West Wittering beach near Chichester, West Sussex. Credit: Chris Ison/PA Wire

Forecasters have said that a build up of high pressure will lead to fine weather across the UK resulting in below average rainfall and above average temperatures.

A few outbreaks of rain are expected between now and Friday but then the warmer weather is expected to return and stay right through into August.

People make the most of the warm weather at Bosworth Water Trust, Warwickshire. Credit: Joe Giddens/PA Wire

A Met Office spokesman said:

There is reasonable confidence that high pressure will build, giving fine and dry weather across most parts of the UK from Friday onwards, with a mixture of variable cloud and sunshine.

These drier and warmer conditions should continue into the following weekend and there are signals that the dry and settled weather from the first half of the month should continue across most parts of the UK during at least the first half of this period.

This means rainfall should be below average, with above-average temperatures and above-average sunshine amounts.

Blue Tits enjoying some morning banter in Melton Mowbray. Credit: ITV Central/ Kelly Wallbanks

This follows a particularly cold start to the year, with March being the coldest on record since 1962.

A dragonfly rests on a plant around the lake at Bosworth Water Trust, Warwickshire. Credit: Joe Giddens/PA Wire

March was colder than the preceding winter months of December, January and February, which had not happened for almost 40 years.