The rate of consumer price index inflation rose to 2.8% in February, from 2.7% in January, official figures showed today.
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After highs of 25C (77F) on Good Friday and 26C (79F) on Saturday, Sunday looks set to make the Easter weekend one of the warmest on record.
The top temperature could reach 26 Celsius, which would set a new record for Easter Sunday.