Britons enjoy weekend of sunshine
The Spring sunshine is set to drench the majority of the UK again today with more warm weather bringing a fine end to Britain's glorious "barbecue weekend".
Millions have basked in the early April mini-heatwave in recent days, enjoying above-average temperatures that have rivalled those in some Mediterranean resorts.
And Sunday will be no exception, with the mercury expected to reach highs of 21C and forecasters predicting more spells of warm, dry sunshine.
Billy Payne, forecaster at MeteoGroup UK, the Press Association's weather division, said: "The barbecue weather will continue today with most places being warm and dry with a good deal of sunshine.
"Temperatures will again be in the 17-20C range almost everywhere with the exception of some coastal areas."
Some cloud is forecast to break up the rays in parts of Northern Ireland and south west England during the day and some light rain is predicted in far west Scotland, but long periods of sun are still expected.
However, the mini heat-wave will start to fizzle out on Monday and it will start to turn colder as a front comes in from the north west and slowly moves south-eastwards brining rain and showers.
"Temperatures will be back to average by the end of the week and the weather will be more unsettled," weather expert Mr Payne added.
The UK has enjoyed a salubrious spell of weather over the past week thanks to a sustained area of high pressure that has seen the average April temperatures of 10-13C comprehensively eclipsed.
Almost the whole of Britain basked in sunshine yesterday, with most inland areas enjoying readings in the high teens or early twenties.
Weather experts recorded a high temperature of 22.5C in Porthmadog, north Wales, while temperatures in the holiday hotspot of Ibiza were just 20C.
Readings of 21C were recorded in the Algarve and Rome.
The fine spell of British weather has seen thousands flock to parks and outdoor spaces, with supermarkets reporting a massive rise in sales of barbecues.
Tesco said it had seen a 100% increase in the number it had sold compared to this time last year.
William Hill is offering odds of 33/1 that the hottest day of 2011 will come in April, with odds of 7/1 that temperatures will top the UK record temperature of 38.5C.
Notes from a small island: Is Sealand an independent 'micronation' or an illegal fortress?
World news in pictures
British man confesses to slitting two children's throats in Lyon flat
'Swivel-gate': David Cameron goes to war with the press over 'swivel-eyed loons' slur
Revealed: Eerie new images show forgotten French apartment that was abandoned at the outbreak of World War II and left untouched for 70 years
- 1 Heading for America? Prepare for the longest US immigration queues ever
- 2 Notes from a small island: Is Sealand an independent 'micronation' or an illegal fortress?
- 3 You thought Ryanair's attendants had it bad? Wait 'til you hear about their pilots
- 4 'Swivel-gate': David Cameron goes to war with the press over 'swivel-eyed loons' slur
- 5 It’s official: thanks to Stephen Hawking's Israel boycott, anti-Semitism is no more
BMF is the UK’s biggest and best loved outdoor fitness classes
Find out what The Independent's resident travel expert has to say about one of the most beautiful small cities in the world
Win anything from gadgets to five-star holidays on our competitions and offers page.
Excellent Package: Austen Lloyd: This is a senior appointment with huge potent...
£28000 - £31500 per annum + benefits: Randstad Education Newcastle: Permanent ...
£50000 - £58000 per annum + Benefits and Bonus: Progressive Recruitment: SAP F...
£30000 - £40000 per annum + BENS: Progressive Recruitment: Drupal Developer A ...