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UK weather forecast – Brits to bask in 26C Easter Sunday scorcher with temperatures set to climb even higher on Monday

BRITS are set to pack out beaches and parks for the third day running today as temperatures again hit 26C – and it's going to get even hotter.

Another day of "unbroken sunshine" across the country is expected, as temperatures soar to nearly double the seasonal average.

Temperatures hit a high of 25.5C in Gosport, Hampshire at around 3.30pm on Saturday and the mercury is set to go even higher, according to Met Office forecaster Helen Roberts.

And by Easter Monday, temperatures might even rise to a whopping 27C.

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 Scotland and Northern Ireland had experienced the warmest Saturday of any Easter weekend on record.

The temperatures reached 23.7C in Fyvie Castle in Aberdeenshire, and 22.3C in Armagh.


The highest temperature in Wales was the 23.7C recorded at Usk in Monmouthshire, just shy of the 24.4C figure enjoyed on Easter Saturday in 2011.

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.

Newcastle saw temperatures of 23C compared to an 11C average while Manchester and Birmingham both enjoyed 24C, up from 13C and 14C on average respectively.

The UK's warmest temperature at this time was the 29.4C recorded at London's Camden Square London on Easter Saturday in 1949.

While other warmest Easter weekend days include the 26.9C recorded at London's St James's Park on Good Friday in 2011 – when the mercury also reached 25.3C on Easter Sunday and 24C on Easter Monday.


Ms Roberts said that these last two top temperatures are "ones to keep an eye on and could be broken" this weekend.

She said that the top temperature for this Good Friday was 24.5C at Wiseley in Surrey, ahead of plenty of varied sunshine for the rest of the UK.

Southern England and South Wales could wake up to some mist and fog, but that will burn away pretty quickly in the morning with the strong sunshine.

There is "a better picture" for north west Scotland on Easter Monday as they will lose the cloud and rain, according to Ms Roberts.

The 20.7C enjoyed in Aboyne, Scotland, in 2015, along with 21.6C in Brynamman, Wales, in 1984 and 19.4C in Armagh in Northern Ireland in 1924 are the top national temperatures recorded on Easter Sunday.

The warmest Easter Mondays recorded nationally were the 21.4C enjoyed in Culzean Caste, Scotland, in 2014, plus the 23.2C in Nantmoor in Wales and 21.1C in Knockarevan in Northern Ireland, both in 1984.

Bookmaker Ladbrokes has cut odds from 5/6 to just 8/11 for this year to see the hottest Easter Sunday on record.

Alex Apati of Ladbrokes said: "Brits have been treated to a scorching start to the Easter weekend and things will only get hotter if the latest odds are anything to go by."

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