It’s official, today has been the hottest day of the year so far, the Met Office has confirmed.
The highest UK temperature of 2019 was recorded at 25.5C this afternoon in Gosport Hampshire, with a number of other parts of the South of England hovering around 24C.
And that’s just the start of the good news, with the next coming days expected to get hotter and hotter.
The Met Office’s Sophie Yeomans told Metro.co.uk: ‘Day on day it’s becoming the hottest day of the year. It does look as if tomorrow has a good chance as well.’
Blue skies and plenty of sun are predicted for most parts of the country, with a bit of shore breeze along the eastern coastline and more cloudy weather in parts of Scotland and Northern Ireland.
Mnd the mercury could rise as high as 27C on Easter Monday, according to Met Office forecaster Helen Roberts.
She said: ‘The very warm sunshine continues right through the bank holiday weekend. We could still see more record-breaking temperatures tomorrow and on Easter Monday too.
‘It is the hottest day of the year so far.’
The Met Office also said that Saturday’s temperatures are around 10C higher in many places compared with the average for this time of year.
London has enjoyed 25C on Saturday, up from the average of 14C for this time of year, Cardiff saw 24C against an average of 13C and both Glasgow and Belfast notched up 23C, up from the usual 12C average.
Ms Roberts described the temperatures as ‘way above average’ for the time of year and said that most Britons are enjoying dry, sunny and very warm conditions under fine clear skies.
Some rain in north-west Scotland on Saturday was the exception.
There is a better picture for north-west Scotland on Easter Monday as the cloud and rain disappears, according to Ms Roberts.
The Met Office also noted that it is ‘a different story’ on the Iberian Peninsula where conditions are expected to be chilly and unsettled over the coming days.