Hopes for hot weather to return after temperatures plummet to near-freezing

Hopes for the summer making a comeback is on the horizon after Brits endure bitterly cold nights.

Weather forecasts say London could see a quick return to hotter sunshine with highs of 24C mercury and drier spells in the coming days.

Although it's been a cold start since the official start of summer following the summer solstice on Monday, and temperatures are expected to dive to near-freezing again this morning.

But the Met Office predicts clearer skies as temperatures plummet to 2-5C in the countryside for England and Wales on Wednesday, which could make way for a warmer start elsewhere.

Conditions will begin to improve from the afternoon with areas seeing low 20C alongside "grey and damp" parts in the north.

London will see a swift return of summer-style temperatures in the afternoon and could reach up to 24C.

Bright and sunny spells will wake Brits on Thursday with the chance of the odd shower and mercury ranging between 20 and 23C.

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Before the hot weather returns on the weekend, thunderstorms could sweep in on Friday and Saturday, as a weather front drives southwards across the country.

Rain will persist for Northern Ireland, southern Scotland, and Northern England on Friday and Saturday, with heavy showers in store for England and Wales.

The weekend will see conditions back to the average for this time of year, with London at 22C on Sunday.

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Cardiff and Manchester may reach 20C on Sunday, and Manchester higher by 1C on Monday.

Forecaster Oli Claydon said: “The best of the brightness will be further north and showers will hit the south of the UK this weekend.

“Southern regions of the UK can see temperatures hit the mid-20s by Sunday.”

Towards the end of the month and into July, the weather is looking much brighter with forecasters believing average temperatures for the time year will finally return.

Brits' memories of the scorching heatwave from the beginning of the month is now a distant memory, after a new hottest day of the year record was made a mere two weeks ago.

The humid and sizzling sunshine warmed the UK after a washout May which saw heavy downpours and torrential downpours which then made a dramatic and temporary return last week following the heatwave.

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