Welcome to the first weekend of meteorological summer and we start it with a warning about the strength of the sun. The Summer Solstice is just three weeks away and so the sun is very strong now. Don't be fooled by the cool breeze in the south and east, the sun is strong enough to burn fair skin in 15-20 minutes so please do take the necessary precautions if you are out and about this weekend.
The fact we are talking about the sun bodes well for the weekend forecast though as we are expecting sunny skies for many regions today with stunning blue skies thanks to the clear air mass feeding in from the northeast. There is some patchy low cloud around in places this morning but this will soon burn off and then for most places it will be a fine and sunny day. Some fair weather cloud will bubble up in places, but most of any cloud will be confined to the far north of Scotland and the Northern Isles where the odd patch of drizzle is possible. In the sunshine temperatures will pick up nicely with maximums widely of 20°C to 23°C, but it will be cooler around coasts, in the far north and towards the east coast.
A fine and dry evening and night follows although some low cloud will move into northern and eastern coastal regions. This should burn back to the coast tomorrow and then for much of the UK and Ireland it will again be another fine and dry day with plenty of strong early-summer sunshine and temperatures away from coasts in the north and east rising up into the low twenties.