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South hotter than Greece and Italy this weekend

Britain is likely to see the hottest day of the year so far this weekend with temperatures set to reach higher than in Greece and Italy.

Forecasters say the mercury is expected to rise as high as 24C (75.2F) in much of England tomorrow, while in Rome and Athens it's anticipated to be in the low 20s.

Retailers are bracing themselves for a run on BBQ food while thousands of people are likely to flock to beaches and parks to make the most of the sunshine before it becomes more unsettled next week.

London and the South East will enjoy thehighest temperatures tomorrow of 23C (73.4F) to 24C (75.2F).

The Met Office spokeswoman said: "Most areas are going to see quite a sunny start but it will become cloudy in the South East and South West in the afternoon from about 4pm although will still be remaining warm."

Temperatures set to soar to mid 20s as south basks in mini heatwave

Temperatures across the south are set to soar to the mid 20s with the mini heatwave set to continue this weekend.

Today will be a fine and dry day with some good sunny spells developing across the region through the day.

It will feel warm in the sunshine, with light winds with maximum temperature 23 deg C (73 deg F).

On Saturday it will be fine and dry with decent spells of sunshine.

There will be some sea breezes possible along the Kent and Sussex coast.

It will feeling very warm in the sunshine. Maximum temperature 24 deg C (75 deg F) but it could reach 25.

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