THE North-East is set to enjoy a mini-heatwave as temperatures this week are expected to rise across the UK.

The Met Office has said parts of Britain is set to bask in Mediterranean temperatures following a rather mild start on Monday.

It comes as the Prime Minister Boris Johnson is set to announce fresh changes to social distancing measures tomorrow, including a reduction from 2m to 1m.

In the North-East and North Yorkshire, County Durham, Darlington and Teesside are set to see temperatures rise above the mid-20s on Tuesday right through to Friday.

Here's when to expect the hottest day in your part of the region:

Newcastle - Wednesday hottest day at 25c

Sunderland - Tuesday hottest day at 24c

South Shields - Tuesday hottest day at 25c

Durham - Wednesday hottest day at 26c

Darlington - Wednesday hottest day at 25c

Newton Aycliffe - Wednesday hottest day at 26c

Consett and Stanley - Wednesday hottest day at 25c

Middlesbrough - Wednesday hottest day at 26c

Stockton - Wednesday hottest day at 26c

Redcar- Tuesday hottest day at 25c

Hartlepool - Tuesday hottest day at 25c

North Yorkshire

Northallerton - Wednesday hottest day at 27c

Thirsk - Wednesday hottest day at 27c

Richmond - Wednesday hottest day at 26c

Leyburn - Friday hottest day at 26c

Whitby - Tuesday hottest day at 27c

Scarborough - Tuesday hottest day at 25c

Met Office Chief Meteorologist, Dan Suri said: “Temperatures will continue to climb through the week with a hot spell developing across much of England and Wales. 

"From Wednesday temperatures will widely reach into the high twenties Celsius and it’ll be hot across much of the UK, especially central and southern England where we could see highs of 30 to 34 Celsius. 

"This hot weather is expected to last until at least Friday and so heatwave conditions are likely to develop for some areas this week.”

Ahead of the warm weather, emergency services across the UK have been urging people to continue respecting social distancing measures in place.

It follows on from last week's announcement that the Covid-19 alert level had been downgraded from level four to three.