UK weather: Britons bask in glorious sun on what’s set to be the hottest Easter break in 70 years

Britons will be sizzled by the sun today as traditional hot spots in Europe are hit by rain and cooler temperatures.

London is likely to hit 25C (77F) today, with temperatures expected to reach into the 20s every day of the Bank Holiday week.

The mercury peaked at 24.1C (75F) at Hearne airfield near Bournemouth yesterday – making it the hottest day of the year so far.

Temperatures in the UK outshone many other countries across the continent, including Spain, Portugal and Italy.

Large parts of Spain were hit with showers, with temperatures remaining at 19C (66F). Portugal (20C) and Italy (21C) were also in Britain’s shadow.

A Met Office forecaster said: ‘It’s going to be dry, bright and sunny for nearly everybody this weekend. Temperatures are expected to reach into the 20s every day of the four-day break. 

Alex Woolley (left) and Megan Young, both 22, enjoyed the hot weather on Bournemouth beach yesterday, as shown in this picture taken by a drone

Alex Woolley (left) and Megan Young, both 22, enjoyed the hot weather on Bournemouth beach yesterday, as shown in this picture taken by a drone

Alex Woolley (left) and Megan Young, both 22, enjoyed the hot weather on Bournemouth beach yesterday, as shown in this picture taken by a drone

Lucy Laphan, 21, enjoyed an early morning punt down the River Cam through Cambridge as the UK basks in sunshine yesterday

Lucy Laphan, 21, enjoyed an early morning punt down the River Cam through Cambridge as the UK basks in sunshine yesterday

Lucy Laphan, 21, enjoyed an early morning punt down the River Cam through Cambridge as the UK basks in sunshine yesterday

The Easter heatwave caused thousands to flock to Bournemouth beach yesterday as the holidays get off to a scorching start

The Easter heatwave caused thousands to flock to Bournemouth beach yesterday as the holidays get off to a scorching start

The Easter heatwave caused thousands to flock to Bournemouth beach yesterday as the holidays get off to a scorching start

Londoners sunbathed on a patch of grass near the iconic Tower Bridge yesterday afternoon as temperatures soared

Londoners sunbathed on a patch of grass near the iconic Tower Bridge yesterday afternoon as temperatures soared

Londoners sunbathed on a patch of grass near the iconic Tower Bridge yesterday afternoon as temperatures soared

But Brits abroad have been complaining about the rain in Spain, with five days of downpours forecast for Alicante and Murcia. Pictured: Valencia yesterday

But Brits abroad have been complaining about the rain in Spain, with five days of downpours forecast for Alicante and Murcia. Pictured: Valencia yesterday

But Brits abroad have been complaining about the rain in Spain, with five days of downpours forecast for Alicante and Murcia. Pictured: Valencia yesterday

Pictured: holidaymakers on the promenade in Marbella hide under umbrellas in downpours yesterday afternoon

Pictured: holidaymakers on the promenade in Marbella hide under umbrellas in downpours yesterday afternoon

Pictured: holidaymakers on the promenade in Marbella hide under umbrellas in downpours yesterday afternoon

Brits abroad were left moaning about the weather, with one saying they were having some 'British rain in Spain'

Brits abroad were left moaning about the weather, with one saying they were having some 'British rain in Spain'

Brits abroad were left moaning about the weather, with one saying they were having some ‘British rain in Spain’

Tierney Rocks, 17, played volleyball in the water at Bournemouth beach in warm temperatures on Good Friday

Tierney Rocks, 17, played volleyball in the water at Bournemouth beach in warm temperatures on Good Friday

Tierney Rocks, 17, played volleyball in the water at Bournemouth beach in warm temperatures on Good Friday 

A man and woman kicked back and bathed in the bank holiday sunshine on a massive deck chair in Brighton yesterday

A man and woman kicked back and bathed in the bank holiday sunshine on a massive deck chair in Brighton yesterday

A man and woman kicked back and bathed in the bank holiday sunshine on a massive deck chair in Brighton yesterday

A family lived out the British bank holiday dream on West Bay on the Dorset coast yesterday afternoon

A family lived out the British bank holiday dream on West Bay on the Dorset coast yesterday afternoon

A family lived out the British bank holiday dream on West Bay on the Dorset coast yesterday afternoon

Families played on the beach in Barry Island on Good Friday, taking advantage of the wonderful weather

Families played on the beach in Barry Island on Good Friday, taking advantage of the wonderful weather

Families played on the beach in Barry Island on Good Friday, taking advantage of the wonderful weather

Three-year-old Sophia Rickaby played in a bluebell wood in Hampshire yesterday while enjoying the warm Good Friday weather

Three-year-old Sophia Rickaby played in a bluebell wood in Hampshire yesterday while enjoying the warm Good Friday weather

Three-year-old Sophia Rickaby played in a bluebell wood in Hampshire yesterday while enjoying the warm Good Friday weather

A father and daughter played with a frisbee at Portobello beach in Edinburgh facing the Firth of Forth yesterday

A father and daughter played with a frisbee at Portobello beach in Edinburgh facing the Firth of Forth yesterday

A father and daughter played with a frisbee at Portobello beach in Edinburgh facing the Firth of Forth yesterday

‘It is likely to be the warmest Easter Sunday since 2011 and the warmest Easter weekend since 1949.’

Back then, temperatures in Camden Square, London, reached a sweltering 29.4C (84.9F) over the Easter weekend. 

Large parts of Spain were hit with showers yesterday, with temperatures remaining at 19C (66F). Portugal (20C) and Italy (21C) were also in Britain’s shadow. Over in Madrid the temperature is just 10C (50F), while in Alicante the mercury hit 13C.

Plenty of Brits took to Twitter to compare the beautiful blue skies in the UK to the miserable downpours on the continent. 

Andy Hiscox tweeted: ‘We are having your Spanish weather this weekend, and you are apparently having some British rain in Spain. Best get yer wellies out spanner!’ 

Rosie Drage added: ‘Signing out for a bit of a digital detox for 5 days for family time & unfortunately rain in Spain! Happy Easter all!’ 

Sunseekers flooded to Bournemouth seafront in Dorset yesterday, desperate to soak up the glorious bank holiday rays. 

Car parks at the seaside resort were chockablock with hotels selling out their rooms to tourists and last-minute holiday makers. 

According to Bournemouth, Christchurch and Poole Council, the sweltering conditions could see hundreds of thousands of pounds spent in the coastal resort.

By midday yesterday, the authority had reported 182 deck chairs being hired out, with 5,000 sunseekers already enjoying out on the sand.

It is estimated that around 50,000 visitors will go to Bournemouth beach over the course of the weekend.

Nicola Goode, from BCP Council, said: ‘On Friday morning alone there were 5,000 people down at Bournemouth beach with that set to double in the afternoon.

‘With this being an extended weekend we could see more than even more than that over the coming days which is a real boost for the town.

‘Drinks and refreshment sales on the beach will definitely see a huge spike as will sales of towels and swimming costumes in the town centre. 

Crowds enjoyed the sunshine on the Thames riverside on a City Hall green space yesterday, as the City of London gleamed in the background

Crowds enjoyed the sunshine on the Thames riverside on a City Hall green space yesterday, as the City of London gleamed in the background

Crowds enjoyed the sunshine on the Thames riverside on a City Hall green space yesterday, as the City of London gleamed in the background

Kayakers made the most of the sunshine to splash about on Loch Leven in the sunny Good Friday weather in Kinross. Excitement might be short lived as clouds return to the highlands today, but temperatures are expected to remain around 19-20C

Kayakers made the most of the sunshine to splash about on Loch Leven in the sunny Good Friday weather in Kinross. Excitement might be short lived as clouds return to the highlands today, but temperatures are expected to remain around 19-20C

Kayakers made the most of the sunshine to splash about on Loch Leven in the sunny Good Friday weather in Kinross. Excitement might be short lived as clouds return to the highlands today, but temperatures are expected to remain around 19-20C

Freddie the seven-month-old Australian Labradoodle got soaked playing catch with his family in the waters of Loch Leven yesterday

Freddie the seven-month-old Australian Labradoodle got soaked playing catch with his family in the waters of Loch Leven yesterday

Freddie the seven-month-old Australian Labradoodle got soaked playing catch with his family in the waters of Loch Leven yesterday

Man's best friend makes himself comfortable on his snoozing owner while a woman joyfully takes a quick snap of the hilarious moment on the golden sands of Southport beach in Merseyside yesterday

Man's best friend makes himself comfortable on his snoozing owner while a woman joyfully takes a quick snap of the hilarious moment on the golden sands of Southport beach in Merseyside yesterday

Man’s best friend makes himself comfortable on his snoozing owner while a woman joyfully takes a quick snap of the hilarious moment on the golden sands of Southport beach in Merseyside yesterday

The promenade in Brighton buzzed with activity on the first day of the Bank Holiday weekend. Tens of thousands are expected to descend on the south coast over the next few days with beaches at Brighton, Bournemouth, Weymouth and West Sussex said to be the most popular

The promenade in Brighton buzzed with activity on the first day of the Bank Holiday weekend. Tens of thousands are expected to descend on the south coast over the next few days with beaches at Brighton, Bournemouth, Weymouth and West Sussex said to be the most popular

The promenade in Brighton buzzed with activity on the first day of the Bank Holiday weekend. Tens of thousands are expected to descend on the south coast over the next few days with beaches at Brighton, Bournemouth, Weymouth and West Sussex said to be the most popular

Pictured: Brits enjoying the wonderful Bank Holiday weather with picnics at Stourhead in Wiltshire yesterday

Pictured: Brits enjoying the wonderful Bank Holiday weather with picnics at Stourhead in Wiltshire yesterday

Pictured: Brits enjoying the wonderful Bank Holiday weather with picnics at Stourhead in Wiltshire yesterday

Thousands flocked to Brighton beach and pitched up their deck chairs for a day of basking in 23C sunshine on Good Friday

Thousands flocked to Brighton beach and pitched up their deck chairs for a day of basking in 23C sunshine on Good Friday

Thousands flocked to Brighton beach and pitched up their deck chairs for a day of basking in 23C sunshine on Good Friday

‘A sunny bank holiday is so important to town’s like Bournemouth as well as Poole and Christchurch nearby.’

Forecasters said it could get even hotter over the weekend, and the UK could see record temperatures for Easter Sunday and Easter Monday.

On Thursday tens of thousands of visitors flocked to Devon and Cornwall to make the most of the sunshine. It was predicted about £80 million will be spent in Cornwall over the Easter break, providing a welcome economic boost.

Holidaymakers also took refreshing dips in the sea in Llandudno, Colwyn Bay and Rhyl, where millions of pounds have been spent on redeveloping the seafront.

According to official figures, nearly ten million people were due to head off on an Easter break yesterday. 

Summer Wallace tests the temperature of the water by dipping her toes in

Summer Wallace tests the temperature of the water by dipping her toes in

She strolls along the seafront in Brighton

She strolls along the seafront in Brighton

Summer Wallace tests the water temperature by dipping her toes in before strolling along the seafront in Brighton yesterday

The 19-year-old dried off after splashing around in the water at Brighton beach yesterday, where temperatures soared to 22C

The 19-year-old dried off after splashing around in the water at Brighton beach yesterday, where temperatures soared to 22C

The 19-year-old dried off after splashing around in the water at Brighton beach yesterday, where temperatures soared to 22C

Families and couples on Weymouth beach enjoyed the holiday sunshine on Good Friday at the start of the Easter weekend

Families and couples on Weymouth beach enjoyed the holiday sunshine on Good Friday at the start of the Easter weekend

Families and couples on Weymouth beach enjoyed the holiday sunshine on Good Friday at the start of the Easter weekend

A woman played with her dog on the sand at Bournemouth beach yesterday morning amid the Bank Holiday heatwave

A woman played with her dog on the sand at Bournemouth beach yesterday morning amid the Bank Holiday heatwave

A woman played with her dog on the sand at Bournemouth beach yesterday morning amid the Bank Holiday heatwave

The sun rises over the English Channel in Selsey, East Sussex, on Good Friday morning

The sun rises over the English Channel in Selsey, East Sussex, on Good Friday morning

The sun rises over the English Channel in Selsey, East Sussex, on Good Friday morning

Dog walkers seize the early morning sunshine on Good Friday today by going for a stroll along the Long Walk at Windsor

Dog walkers seize the early morning sunshine on Good Friday today by going for a stroll along the Long Walk at Windsor

Dog walkers seize the early morning sunshine on Good Friday today by going for a stroll along the Long Walk at Windsor

A woman rides her recumbent bicycle along the promenade on Bournemouth beach on Good Friday

A woman rides her recumbent bicycle along the promenade on Bournemouth beach on Good Friday

A woman rides her recumbent bicycle along the promenade on Bournemouth beach on Good Friday

A beachgoer reads her book and tans her legs in the sun at Portobello beach in Edinburgh yesterday

A beachgoer reads her book and tans her legs in the sun at Portobello beach in Edinburgh yesterday

A beachgoer reads her book and tans her legs in the sun at Portobello beach in Edinburgh yesterday

Families flocked to Bournemouth to make the most of the warm spring weather on Good Friday afternoon

Families flocked to Bournemouth to make the most of the warm spring weather on Good Friday afternoon

Families flocked to Bournemouth to make the most of the warm spring weather on Good Friday afternoon

Smeaton's Tower, a centerpiece on Plymouth Hoe, was bathed in sunshine on the Devon coast yesterday morning

Smeaton's Tower, a centerpiece on Plymouth Hoe, was bathed in sunshine on the Devon coast yesterday morning

Smeaton’s Tower, a centerpiece on Plymouth Hoe, was bathed in sunshine on the Devon coast yesterday morning

Walkers enjoy a morning stroll at Plymouth seafront in Devon yesterday as the UK expects warm weather over the bank holiday

Walkers enjoy a morning stroll at Plymouth seafront in Devon yesterday as the UK expects warm weather over the bank holiday

Walkers enjoy a morning stroll at Plymouth seafront in Devon yesterday as the UK expects warm weather over the bank holiday

The Diamond Jubilee Fountain at The Goswells park in Windsor, which was inspired by the crown jewels, is pictured yesterday

The Diamond Jubilee Fountain at The Goswells park in Windsor, which was inspired by the crown jewels, is pictured yesterday

The Diamond Jubilee Fountain at The Goswells park in Windsor, which was inspired by the crown jewels, is pictured yesterday

The Long Walk in front of Windsor Castle is pictured yesterday morning on a warm start to Good Friday for the country

The Long Walk in front of Windsor Castle is pictured yesterday morning on a warm start to Good Friday for the country

The Long Walk in front of Windsor Castle is pictured yesterday morning on a warm start to Good Friday for the country

The iron and granite Windsor Bridge over the River Thames is pictured in the sunshine in the Berkshire town yesterday

The iron and granite Windsor Bridge over the River Thames is pictured in the sunshine in the Berkshire town yesterday

The iron and granite Windsor Bridge over the River Thames is pictured in the sunshine in the Berkshire town yesterday

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