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Hottest day of the year so far - and it's going to continue in the South West

The sun has finally arrived in the West Country. Credit: ITV News West Country

Britain has been basking in the hottest day of the year so far, with temperatures forecast to remain high into the weekend.

This morning's cloud disappeared to reveal glorious sunshine for most in the West Country, reaching 20C in Bude in North Cornwall.

Elsewhere in Plymouth, temperatures reached as high as 21.2C.

Fistral Beach enjoyed highs of 20.3C according to a local weather station. Credit: ITV News West Country
Quite a few ice creams have been sold today. Credit: ITV News West Country

The arrival of spring sunshine should be treated with caution following the cold start to the season, according to Oli Claydon from the Met Office.

“The sun at this time of year is nearly equally as strong as it can be in the summer so people just need to be cautious of that and make sure that they do look after themselves.”

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Sun shining through the trees in Widecombe-in-the-Moor on Dartmoor. Credit: ITV News West Country
Tulips are finally blooming at Dyrham Park in South Gloucestershire. Credit: ITV News West Country

Sun worshippers are being advised to make the most of the warm weather which is set to continue up to the weekend.

Plenty of sunshine and light winds are on the cards for tomorrow, Friday and Saturday will be sunny and very warm, with cooler weather along coasts.

For the latest weather forecast just head to our weather page.