The Easter heatwave is set to continue with record-breaking temperatures today – just as a deluge has left a chilly Costa del Sol drenched.
The UK was yesterday hotter than Spain, Greece and Turkey, leaving millions basking in glorious sunshine and highs of 77F (25C) in the south of England.
Last night forecasters said the mercury could hit 81F (27C) in England today and tomorrow, smashing records set 70 years ago.
The Met Office’s Sophie Yeomans said: ‘With temperatures rising day-on-day, we could see some record-breaking temperatures by the time we get to Sunday and Monday. We are enjoying plenty of blue skies and sunshine and temperatures peaking at 27C.’
Scots took advantage of the great Bank Holiday weekend weather today by heading to Loch Morlich, pictured with snow-capped Cairngorms in the background
Others went for a dip in the cold water while wearing wetsuits, with this pair stopping to take a selfie on a Go Pro
Holidaymakers swarmed to Weymouth beach today, with a sea of people taking to the sand earlier today during the warmest day of the year so far
This group of tourists hit the water in a paddle boat in Weymouth in Dorset earlier today, where temperatures hit 24C
A Londoner lies on a towel and laps up the record-breaking sunshine in Hyde park on Easter Saturday afternoon
Crowds turned out in their numbers for a fantastic sunny day at north Berwick Beach, Northumberland. Nuria Pizzi - Martinez from Spain plays in the sand
This person decided to hang out in a hammock while reading a book in the sunshine in Henley-on-Thames, Oxfordshire
Bikini-clad sunbathers top up their tan on Boscombe Beach in Bournemouth where temperatures soared to almost 77F
A mother and son take their dog a punt on the River Cam in Cambridge
Swarms of families took to Weymouth beach in Dorset today, with many putting up tents to keep cool in the shade
The plume of hot air across Britain meant temperatures were far above the 12-15C highs expected at this time of year. The previous record for Easter Sunday was 77.5F (25.3C), which was recorded in the Solent, Hampshire, in April 2011.
Supermarkets yesterday said that they expected to see sales of sausages, burgers, ice lollies and ice cream surge.
Sainsbury’s revealed that it was forecasting sales of rosé wine to jump by 40 per cent compared with last week, sales of fake tan to treble and sun cream sales to rise by 800 per cent.
Pictured: a dog enjoys a splash in the sea off Scarborough beach while playing with a tennis ball with its owner
Thousands of visitors take to the beach in Brighton and Hove as sunny and hot weather helps populate the seaside resorts
The hot weather has seen thousands of families head to the seaside. Pictured: Brits stood outside a pub in Weymouth Old Town earlier today
Met Office forecaster said: 'It's going to be dry, bright and sunny for nearly everybody this weekend.' Brighton Beach