Brits are set to bask in 27C sunshine this week, with parts of the country expected to be hotter than Marbella and Ibiza.
The mercury may hit 27C in London and the south-east on Wednesday as the warmest day of the year so far after 26.6C was recorded in Cornwall on Good Friday.
Temperatures are set to remain high through to Friday for much of the country, according to Met Office meteorologist Matthew Box.
Parts of northern England will have a rainier start to the week than the south, although the sun will come out on Wednesday and temperatures may still reach 26C.
Northern Ireland and Scotland could see temperatures of 22C on Wednesday, while in Wales the mercury could rise to 23C by the afternoon.
Mr Box said: “It’s going to be very hot for large parts of England for most of the week, reaching highs of 27C (80.6F) on Wednesday, which would make it the hottest day of the year so far.
“This will occur due to large areas of high pressure, combined with southerly winds from the continent, bringing with it, pleasant sunshine, dry skies and warmer air.”
“There is a possibility of thunder and bands of rain across the south and east of England and Wales on Thursday while Friday could be windy, mainly for western areas, with heavy downpours.”
Boris Johnson eased coronavirus lockdown restrictions slightly last week, enabling Brits to spend unlimited time outdoors – provided they keep two metres apart from each other and keep gatherings to a maximum of two people.
News from: Evening Standard