Britain to bask in hottest day of the year so far

Temperatures could rise even higher today after the warmest weekend of the year, the Met Office said.

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Britons could once again bask in hottest day of year

Today could be the hottest day of the year so far. Credit: Press Association

Today could be the hottest day of the year so far, the Met Office said. Over the weekend, parks and beaches filled as the temperature rose to highs of 24.5C, hotter than the Mediterranean.

A boy plays in a fountain yesterday beside the River Severn in Worcester. Credit: Press Association

Alex Burkill, a forecaster at the Met Office, said:

"There's a good chance we could reach 25C. There's an outside chance we could get a little above 25C, perhaps reaching 26C."

Mr Burkill said places most likely to see the hottest temperatures would be the London area, up to the Midlands, and up towards the north west.

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Britons basked in the warmest day of the year so far, with temperatures higher than the Balearics and Malta.

People enjoying the hot weather at the Royal Windsor Horse Show at Windsor Castle, London. Credit: PA

Many flocked to parks and beaches as the mercury rose to a top temperature of 24.5C (76.1F) in St James' Park in central London, compared to high teens in the Mediterranean holiday islands.

It means that this May could still be on track to become the hottest ever, with bookmakers Ladbrokes slashing odds to 5/1 that the record set 60 years ago when temperatures got to 32.8C (91.04F) will be beaten.

Britons enjoy soaring temperatures

Britain has been enjoying what is expected to be the warmest day of the year, with temperatures set to soar higher than in Greece and Italy.

Sam Davies 10, from Norton, Worcester beside the River Severn.
Sam Davies 10, from Norton, Worcester beside the River Severn. Credit: David Davies/PA Wire

Forecasters said the mercury is expected to rise as high as 25C (77F) in south east England, while in Rome and Athens it is anticipated to be in the low 20s.

A woman carrying a paddle board across Hove beach, East Sussex.
A woman carrying a paddle board across Hove beach, East Sussex. Credit: James Boardman/PA Wire

Yesterday was the warmest day of the year so far, with a top temperature of 23.9C (74.66F) recorded in Santon Downham in Suffolk, but that is expected to be beaten today.

Runners compete in the Heroes and Villains charity race in Hove, East Sussex.
Runners compete in the Heroes and Villains charity race in Hove. Credit: James Boardman/PA Wire

Another day of warm weather forecast for the UK

Members of the public enjoy the warm weather at lunch time in Regent's Square, London. Credit: Anthony Devlin/PA Wire

Much of the United Kingdom can look forward to another day of warm sunshine today, with temperatures set to be higher than parts of the Mediterranean again.

Yesterday was the warmest day of the year so far, with a top temperature of 23.9C (74.66F) recorded in Santon Downham in Suffolk, but that is expected to be beaten today.

Bookmakers Ladbrokes slashed its odds to just 4/7 that it will reach 26C (80F) today while it is also offering odds of 8/1 on May becoming the hottest on record.

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UK warmer than Athens as Brits enjoy hottest day

Britons flocked to parks and beaches as the hottest temperature of the year so far was recorded.

The mercury rose to 23.9C (74.66F) in Santon Downham in Suffolk, beating yesterday's high of 23.7C (75.02F) recorded in Pershore College in Worcestershire.

Today's sunny weather meant the UK was warmer than Athens and Rome, which both had temperatures of 21C (69.8F) recorded.

People jump from the Samuel Beckett Bridge into the River Liffey, Dublin, during a period of warm weather. Credit: Brian Lawless/PA Wire

Forecasters said tomorrow could be even warmer and reach 25C (77F), with bookmakers slashing their odds to just 4/7 that it will reach 26C (80F).

People relax in Green Park, London, during a period of warm weather. Credit: Jonathan Brady/PA Wire

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