Weekend tipped for hot temperatures
Britain is expected to bask in the hottest temperatures of the year this weekend, as hopes of a warm summer continue.
Much of England is due to feel the benefits of an area of high pressure moving up from across the south west from Friday. Parts of Scotland and much of Wales will also enjoy the year's warmest day to date, as temperatures hit the mid-to-late 20s.
Forecasters predicted highs of up to 29C (84F) in London and the south east of England on Sunday, with those attending - and indeed competing in - the weekend's Wimbledon finals likely to be in for a balmy few days.
Chris Burton, forecaster with MeteoGroup, the weather division of the Press Association, said: "This is all down to an area of high pressure moving in across England.
"There could be a bit of patchy rain in north west Scotland and Northern Ireland, but nothing significant.
"Elsewhere, Friday is going to be the first properly fine and sunny day - with temperatures as high as 28C and 29C over the weekend across the south coast.
"Parts of the Midlands and East Anglia will also see temperatures well into the mid-to-late 20s."
The previous highest temperature of the year was 27C (80F), on June 30, while recent years have seen Britons endure wet and overcast summer seasons.
And Mr Burton said there was a chance the mercury could remain in its lofty perch well into next week.
The forecaster said: "It certainly looks like this fine weather is going to stick around. It is one of the more prolonged spells of dry sunny weather in quite a while."