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Britons bask in Easter sunshine

Britons have ended their Easter break on a high, seeing temperatures rise to a balmy 21C (70F), well above the average for the time of year.

Parts of the South West basked in spring sunshine, with the mercury rising as much as 10C (18F) higher than what is normally forecast for April.

The good weather looks set to continue for the rest of the week as high pressure ensures conditions in most areas remain settled.

Exeter, Bristol and south Wales will enjoy the best of the warmer weather, said Met Office Office Meteorologist Alex Burkill.

"We are going to hold on to that high pressure which is going to keep things settled. We should see plenty more decent spells of sunshine," he said.

In Scotland the north east will see the warmest weather, 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 north-west of Scotland could see some cloud developing, bringing with it outbreaks of rain.

The average UK temperature for April is 11.4C (52F) and for England is 12.4C (54F), according to the Met Office.

Many holidaymakers are returning from their long weekend breaks today, with about 16 million cars estimated to have been on the roads over the bank holiday break.

A large programme of engineering works also took place on the railways between Good Friday and today.

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