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Brits bask in Easter sunshine across the UK with temperatures set to hit 22C

Brits will shine in the sun again today for the beautiful Easter Sunday after experiencing the warmest day of the year so far.

Mercury hit 23.4C in St James’s Park in central London on Good Friday afternoon, the With Office said, making it the warmest day of the year so far – and warmer than California.

The new high beat the previous record of 20.8C set in central London on 23 March and at Treknow in Cornwall on 25 March.

Amid record temperatures, Easter holiday destinations such as Mallorca, Ibiza and Greece will only have heights between 16C and 20C.

Although today is expected to be slightly cooler, temperatures are still expected to reach 22C for sunbathers and staycationers in parts of southern and central England.

That’s because millions of drivers took to the streets at the start of a long weekend, desperate to make the most of the Bank Holiday sunshine – with an estimated 22.48 million journeys made over four days take place.

Brits will shine in the sun again today for the beautiful Easter Sunday after experiencing the warmest day of the year so far. Photo: Sunseekers on Boscombe beach in Dorset this morning

Although today is expected to be slightly cooler, temperatures are still expected to reach 22C for sunbathers and staycationers in parts of southern and central England. Image: Waves hitting the sand at Boscombe Beach in Dorset

Although today is expected to be slightly cooler, temperatures are still expected to reach 22C for sunbathers and staycationers in parts of southern and central England. Image: Waves hitting the sand at Boscombe Beach in Dorset

Although today is expected to be slightly cooler, temperatures are still expected to reach 22C for solar and staycationers in parts of southern and central England

Although today is expected to be slightly cooler, temperatures are still expected to reach 22C for solar and staycationers in parts of southern and central England

The intensity of UV rays could reach 6, which is considered 'high' on the Met Office's index. This increase is caused by a slightly reduced stratospheric ozone, which helps protect the earth from the rays, said a Met Office spokesman. Image: The sun rises over the farm fields in Dunsden, Oxfordshire

The intensity of UV rays could reach 6, which is considered ‘high’ on the Met Office’s index. This increase is caused by a slightly reduced stratospheric ozone, which helps protect the earth from the rays, said a Met Office spokesman. Image: The sun rises over the farm fields in Dunsden, Oxfordshire

Mercury hit 23.4C at St James's Park in central London on Good Friday afternoon, the Met Office said, making it the hottest day of the year so far - and warmer than California. Photo: Horse riders at Wimbledon Common, south west London

Mercury hit 23.4C at St James’s Park in central London on Good Friday afternoon, the Met Office said, making it the hottest day of the year so far – and warmer than California. Photo: Horse riders at Wimbledon Common, south west London

Mercury hit 23.4C at St James's Park in central London on Good Friday afternoon, the Met Office said, making it the hottest day of the year so far - and warmer than California. Image: Sun seekers arrive at Brighton Beach on the first day of Easter holiday

Mercury hit 23.4C at St James’s Park in central London on Good Friday afternoon, the Met Office said, making it the hottest day of the year so far – and warmer than California. Image: Sun seekers arrive at Brighton Beach on the first day of Easter holiday

Met Office meteorologist Steven Keates urged beachgoers to ‘put on sunscreen’ and drink plenty of water to protect against above-average UV levels.

The intensity of UV rays could reach 6, which is considered ‘high’ on the Met Office’s index. This increase is caused by a slightly reduced stratospheric ozone, which helps to protect the earth from the rays, he said.

Many parts of the country will see bright, sunny spells despite a cloudy start to the day in some areas.

More broadly, some regions will reach the low 20Cs, while parts of Scotland and Northern Ireland will reach the mid-to-high teens. Some central and western areas could see some clouds earlier in the day with first fog and fog inland.

Met Office meteorologist Simon Partridge said: ‘It will be a fairly cloudy start to the morning before it for the most part grows into a rather beautiful and sunny day.

‘Areas in central and southern England, such as the West Midlands, mostly come after the lower twenties.

‘It will then gradually get cooler over the course of Sunday, with showers in Scotland and Northern Ireland, while most other areas should remain pleasant.’

More broadly, some regions will reach the low twenties, while parts of Scotland and Northern Ireland will reach the mid-to-high teens.

Staycationers and tourists go to Boscombe beach in Dorset for the bank holiday after Britain had the hottest day of the year so far yesterday

Staycationers and tourists go to Boscombe beach in Dorset for the bank holiday after Britain had the hottest day of the year so far yesterday

This is because millions of drivers hit the roads at the start of a long weekend, desperate to make the most of the Bank Holiday sunshine - with an estimated 22.48 million journeys taking place over the four days

This is because millions of drivers hit the roads at the start of a long weekend, desperate to make the most of the Bank Holiday sunshine – with an estimated 22.48 million journeys taking place over the four days

Met Office meteorologist Simon Partridge said: 'It will be a fairly cloudy start to the morning before it develops into a pretty nice and sunny day for the most part'

Met Office meteorologist Simon Partridge said: ‘It will be a fairly cloudy start to the morning before it develops into a pretty nice and sunny day for the most part’

Some parts, mostly central and western areas, could see some clouds earlier in the day with first fog and fog inland.

Forecasters say Easter Sunday will be cooler, though probably drier than Saturday, with showers mainly limited to the north and west for a wetter Monday.

The Met Office forecast describes conditions for the coming week as ‘increasingly warmer’ with ‘sunny’ Wednesday alternating with cloudy periods and scattered showers. Thursday and Friday partly dry and clear. Morning fog and fog likely, slower around the coasts. ‘

The forecast from Friday onwards reads at this point: ‘It will probably be dry and generally much cloudy in the south, with lighter winds until the end of this period. Temperatures are expected to be above average, and occasionally warm for the south. ‘

It had led bookmaker Ladbrokes to reduce the chances of a record warm Easter to 5-2.

Spokesman Alex Apati said: ‘Finally, it looks like the British will have something to smile about on the weather front, with a record-breaking Easter burner possibly on the cards.’

Delays are expected to continue into Thursday night’s travel chaos – as do passengers at airports and train stations waiting in long queues for hours.

Many reported hour-long wait times at Manchester and Birmingham airports, while dozens of British Airways and easyJet flights were canceled at Heathrow.

Meanwhile, the London St Pancras said they stood in long queues for services to Europe on Thursday morning.

Rail passengers have also been warned of further delays, as Network Rail is carrying out 530 engineering projects costing a total of £ 83 million over the weekend.

These include the closure of the West Coast Main Line between London Euston and Milton Keynes for four days from Goedfreed due to upgrades to the existing line and HS2 work.

Parts of the track between Birmingham International Station and Coventry will also be closed, as will lines around Crewe Station.

P&O Ferries’ Dover-Calais voyages were also halted with entry Thursday night, causing large queues of trucks on roads approaching Dover harbor.

On top of all the travel disruptions, petrol and diesel deliveries at petrol stations in some areas of the country have been about half of their normal level as the UK travel network comes under pressure.

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