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Meanwhile outside the bunker… Britain blooms with colour with sun-kissed week and 75F highs ahead 

Stunning purple wisteria is blooming in Britain’s parks and gardens today, thanks to the hot and sunny weather that will cover the UK for the next week.

And perfect conditions expected later on in the week could send temperatures soaring to 75F (24C) in places. 

An area of high pressure has settled over parts of Scandinavia and the UK, which will provide almost totally uninterrupted sunshine until Friday.

Temperatures today reached 68F (19.7C) in the West of Scotland, and climbed to 66F (18.9C) in St James’ Park as dozens of people took to parks for their daily exercise. 

Stunning purple wisteria is blooming in Britain's parks and gardens today, thanks to the hot and sunny weather that will cover the UK for the next week (pictured, outside Fuller's Griffin Brewery in Chiswick, London)

Stunning purple wisteria is blooming in Britain's parks and gardens today, thanks to the hot and sunny weather that will cover the UK for the next week (pictured, outside Fuller's Griffin Brewery in Chiswick, London)

Stunning purple wisteria is blooming in Britain’s parks and gardens today, thanks to the hot and sunny weather that will cover the UK for the next week (pictured, outside Fuller’s Griffin Brewery in Chiswick, London)

Visitors to a tranquil Calthorpe Park in Birmingham walk by cherry blossoms during their daily exercise

Visitors to a tranquil Calthorpe Park in Birmingham walk by cherry blossoms during their daily exercise

Visitors to a tranquil Calthorpe Park in Birmingham walk by cherry blossoms during their daily exercise

Temperatures today reached 68F (19.7C) in the West of Scotland, and climbed to 66F (18.9C) in St James' Park as dozens of people took to parks for their daily exercise

Temperatures today reached 68F (19.7C) in the West of Scotland, and climbed to 66F (18.9C) in St James' Park as dozens of people took to parks for their daily exercise

Temperatures today reached 68F (19.7C) in the West of Scotland, and climbed to 66F (18.9C) in St James’ Park as dozens of people took to parks for their daily exercise

Swathes of wisteria, which flowers for about a month, have now unfurled and are creating wonderful walls of purple on cottages and houses throughout the UK.

At Cambridge University’s historic Magdalene College, people stopped to take selfies of the beautiful purple plant during their daily walk by the River Cam. 

And in Calthorpe Park in Birmingham, cherry blossoms brightened up paths with only a few onlookers spotted out to admire them.

This evening most areas will be dry with clear skies although there will be patchy cloud across south Wales, southern and south-west England.

Through the night skies will become increasingly clear although cloud is expected to persist across parts of south-west England.

Monday will also be dry with long spells of sunshine during the morning. There is a risk of a few showers in the far south-west of England.

It will be sunny for all areas in the afternoon with ‘brisk easterly winds’ which will continue through in to Tuesday, before winds drop to allow temperatures to hit peak levels.

Monday will also be dry with long spells of sunshine during the morning. Pictured: People walk across a bridge over the River Itchen near Ovington, Hampshire

Monday will also be dry with long spells of sunshine during the morning. Pictured: People walk across a bridge over the River Itchen near Ovington, Hampshire

Monday will also be dry with long spells of sunshine during the morning. Pictured: People walk across a bridge over the River Itchen near Ovington, Hampshire

Metropolitan Police were completing patrols of Hyde Park as dozens went out for exercise while others decided to break lockdown rules by sunbathing

Metropolitan Police were completing patrols of Hyde Park as dozens went out for exercise while others decided to break lockdown rules by sunbathing

Metropolitan Police were completing patrols of Hyde Park as dozens went out for exercise while others decided to break lockdown rules by sunbathing

Met Office forecaster John Griffiths said: ‘As we get later on in to the week we are expecting temperatures to increase. By Wednesday we could see temperatures in southern and western areas getting his highest maybe 20 to 22C.

‘For the next few days those areas will fare best, in fact whereas parts of the east coast could go to be locally in the single figures, such as on the Northumberland coast.

‘The fact the winds will be dying down will help temperatures a little bit at ground level. You won’t be getting the wind chill affect, and this could help temperatures rise more widely.’ 

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