Britain basks in glorious sunshine
Much of Britain basked in glorious sunshine today as forecasters predicted the recent spell of good weather could continue until the weekend.
Temperatures were expected to reach as high as 19C (66.2F) in parts of the country - hotter than Rome, the Greek islands of Zante and Kefalonia and nearly eight degrees higher than the UK's average for April.
Andy Ratcliffe, weather forecaster at MeteoGroup, said: "It's dry for most of the UK, away from the west of Scotland, and most places are seeing sunshine and feeling warm.
"The warmest places are in mid to south Wales, where temperatures could get as high as 18 or 19C.
"Over the next couple of days it will stay mostly dry across the UK, with some sunshine, and we're looking at highs of 17C.
"From Friday though we could see a few showers starting."
Sally Webb, a forecaster at MeteoGroup, said reports of possible thunderstorms due to incoming warm air from the continent - a phenomenon known as the Spanish Plume - were probably premature.
"It is a bit early in the season to be considering something like the Spanish Plume and we will just see a continuation of the weather from the weekend," she said.
In Scotland, the north east will see the warmest weather today, following on from the Easter Sunday high of 20.7C (69F) in Aboyne, Aberdeenshire, while most of Northern Ireland, particularly the east coast, will enjoy the sunshine.
The average UK temperature for April is 11.4C (52F) and for England is 12.4C (54F), according to the Met Office.