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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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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