Meteorologists give their forecast for the weekend, saying parts of southern England will hit the hottest temperature of the year so far and beat the Greek island of Rhodes
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Britain will be roastier than Rhodes as a mini heat wave will put temperatures on the Greek island in the shade.
This follows glorious weather today which saw sun-seekers flock to beaches across the country.
A band of high pressure is expected to bring fine sunny weather to most of the UK today. Parts of southern England will hit a high of 24C, making it the hottest day of the year – while Rhodes is expected to hit just 23C.
Above average temperatures are expected to hold in the southeast on Monday thanks to warm air from North Africa.
But experts say rain will hit most areas later in the week, with washouts Wednesday and Friday.
Many people took advantage of the fine weather in Bournemouth yesterday as temperatures hit 22C in the south.
In Coventry, the streets were blazing as 1,200 performers took part in its This Is The City carnival.
The north was slightly cooler, but sun-seekers still headed to the beaches at Blackpool and Tynemouth.
Heat waves in the North today can be mixed with scattered showers.
Met Office chief meteorologist Andy Page said: ‘The plume of warm air we expected from the south will bring higher temperatures across the country over the next week.
Many people will enjoy warm sunny spells, but heavy showers are expected to move across the country, especially in the north and west.
Forecaster Aidan McGivern said: “If we get some sunshine and this plume, temperatures could rise. But it brings the threat of stormy outbreaks.
“In some places it would just be rain, but for central and southern England, and the south coast, there is a risk of heavy showers, thunderstorms and lightning.”
Hay fever sufferers have been warned to expect high levels of pollen across England today.
The hottest day of the year so far was April 15 with 23.4C in St James’s Park, London.