Hundreds of thousands of people headed to Britain’s beaches today to take advantage of the rare sunshine.
But forecasters are warning of a mixed bag of wind, rain and sun over the next 10 days amid a prolonged ‘unsettled’ period of weather.
The South East of England could today see highs of 75 degrees Fahrenheit after the country suffered three wash-out weekend in a row.
But the rest of the UK is also experiencing a Sunday of fine weather with temperatures ranging from the low 70s to the high 60s.
Pictured: Beachgoers lapping up today’s sunshine in Weymouth, Dorset as forecasters warn of ‘unsettled’ weather of wind, sun and rain coming to Britain over the next ten days
Pictured: A gorgeous sunrise over London this morning, with the Shard at the centre
Pictured: The forecast for the next few days, featuring plenty of clouds and a spot of sunshine
Pictured: The rising sun illuminates the tree-lined River Eden in Cumbria this morning – but the west of Britain is set to experience wind and rain over the coming days
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Pictured: Hot air balloons hover over a golf course near Long Ashton, Bristol, during the mass ascent where balloons from all over the world gather at Ashton Court to take part in the Bristol International Balloon Fiesta
Pictured: A woman holds her phone at Weymouth beach as thousands of people flock to the coast to lap up some unexpected sunshine today
Pictured: The magnificent sunrise over London this morning
Pictured: A man seizes the opportunity to catch some ray on Weymouth beach today
England, Scotland, Wales and Britain: A young girl sits proudly by her sandcastle creations – featuring the flags of four countries – in Weymouth today
Pictured: The balloons flying over sunny Bristol today
Pictured: Two women sits on the pebbles at Weymouth beach as temperatures could surge to 75 degrees Fahrenheit in the South East
Pictured: Kites are flown over Southsea Common during the 2017 Portsmouth Kite Festival in Hampshire today during a rare spell of sunshine
Beautiful blue skies: Kites fly above a sunny Hampshire today
Pictured: A red dragon kite lands on Southsea Common in Portsmouth
Glorious: Bronzing beachgoers basque in the Great British sunshine in Weymouth, Dorset today
Pictured: The scene at Weymouth beach today as the country experiences a rare patch of sunshine
Cumbria woke to a beautiful summer mist this morning and London was illuminated by a beautiful orange sunrise.
Meanwhile Bournemouth and Great Yarmouth are expected to have attracted 200,000 visitors by the time the weekend is out.
In Weymouth, Dorset, today thousands of happy beachgoers were photographed lapping up the sunshine and paddling in the sea.
Thousands of visitors descended on Bristol today as the city played host to the 39th Bristol International Balloon Fiesta.
Europe’s largest ballooning event features four days of displays by more than 130 balloons from across the world.
Hundreds of scarecrows were also on show in gardens, churches and rooftops in the small village of Kettlewell, North Yorkshire as the Kettlewell Scarecrow Festival began this weekend.
Pictured: A pre-sunrise ‘strawberry milkshake’ glow is cast across a misty Eden Valley towards Blencathra, towering in the distance, in Cumbria this morning
Pictured: Tu Hwnt ir Bont Tea Rooms in Llanrwst, North Wales, which is covered in Virginia Creeper and has started its autumnal change in colour early with the green leaves normally turning red by mid-autumn
Pictured: A man fires his burner as hot air balloons are launched in Bristol today
Pictured: Hot air balloons drift through the Somerset countryside during their mass ascent
Pictured: A hot air balloon floating through the sun-soaked South West countryside
Pictured: Dozens of hot air balloons above Long Ashton today
Pictured: The launch site of the balloons in Bristol today
Pictured: The eerie site of a pilot checking the rigging of a hot balloon before it is inflated
Pictured: A misty sunrise over the Eden Valley this morning
The festival, which has been held since 1994, featured Felonius Gru and Minions from Despicable Me, Elvis Presley and Amy Winehouse all created with straw.
Speaking about the coming weather, however, senior Met Office forecaster Marco Petegna warned of ‘changeable’ conditions stretching into the next ten days.
‘Unfortunately, it’s going to be very up-and-down over the coming days – with lots of rain and wind mixed with sunshine,’ he said.
‘There’s no sign of it settling down until after next weekend.’
Monday, Mr Petegna said, will see plenty of cloud and rain in Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales.
Pictured: Felonius Gru and Minions from Despicable Me – just some of more than 100 scarecrows which have appeared in gardens, churches and rooftops in the small North Yorkshire village of Kettlewell
Pictured left: An Amy Winehouse scarecrow. Right: Elvis Presley. The village has celebrated its scarecrow festival since 1994
Pictured: A Captain Pugwash scarecrow set created for the Kettlewell Scarecrow Festival
Pictured: A more traditional scarecrow outside a home in the small village of Kettlewell, North Yorkshire
Pictured left: A scarecrow with its legs on a wall and its head on the grass. Right: Children in Kettlewell put their head inside of a crocodile
Pictured: A scarecrow choir on a law in Kettlewell, North Yorkshire
There will also be winds reaching up to 30mph in the far west of the country and in northeastern Scotland.
But in South East and central England, there could be highs of between 73 and 77 degrees Fahrenheit.
Tuesday will be much the same but with a ‘fresher’ feel, while Wednesday should start dry but end in wet and windy weather for most parts of the UK.
In some western parts of the country, there could be 2in of rainfall over the next three days, but much of the rest of Britain should expect average rainfall levels.
Average temperatures across the UK are expected to be 65-68 degrees Fahrenheit.
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