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Britons sizzle as sunshine hits UK

Published 21/04/2015

A couple on a bench enjoying the hot weather, on the South Bank in central London
A couple on a bench enjoying the hot weather, on the South Bank in central London

Britain sizzled in sunshine today as temperatures hit a high of 20C (68F) - making the country hotter than the popular party island of Ibiza.

But Brits should make the most of the balmy weather while it lasts as it is set to turn cooler and more unsettled, with rain and cloud predicted for the weekend.

Sun-seekers flocked to parks to enjoy the heatwave, which has sent the mercury soaring to well above average for this time of year.

Temperatures hit a high of 20C (68F) in Bournemouth today, making it hotter than Ibiza - which could only manage 18C (64F), while much of the country enjoyed weather in the high teens.

Helen Roberts, a forecaster with the Met Office, said: "It is above average for this time of year.

"The warmth has been down to the amount of sunshine, which has come from an area of high pressure and the air, which is coming from the south which is warm for the UK."

She said tomorrow is expected to be another fine day with temperatures hitting the high teens again.

But a band of cloud is expected to send temperatures dipping at the end of the week and showers will hit at the weekend.

Not everyone will mourn the break in the hot weather.

The tens of thousands of runners taking to the starting line for the London Marathon this Sunday will no doubt welcome the cooler conditions.

Ms Roberts said: "There is a change under way later in the week, especially into the weekend when it will turn more unsettled.

"There will be some showers with longer spells of rain at times and things will turn a little bit cooler.

"So just about anywhere could see a shower from Friday to Sunday, but that doesn't mean everywhere will."

The new cooler front is expected to bring cooler temperatures and potentially some showers to the capital for the marathon.

Ms Roberts said: "I imagine that might be good news for marathon runners. I imagine strong sunshine won't be very welcome, but it looks as though that is probably unlikely.

"Generally the trend for next week is to be more unsettled compared to this week."

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