The Easter heatwave has eager Brits unpacking the beaches and soaking up the sun amid 22C

Sunbathers, swimmers and boaters were out in full force this weekend to enjoy the beautiful Easter weekend weather, which saw the hottest temperature of the year recorded yesterday

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Bournemouth: People relax on the beach on a sunny Easter weekend

People across the country are making the most of the fine weather as blue skies and sunshine abound over the Easter weekend.

With the reality of an extra long weekend, the FA Cup final and the roasting to come sizzling in the air, the Brits have made the most of exceptionally good weather.

This weekend’s mild bounce came at a good time after the arctic blast that heralded early April put a quick end to the mini-March heatwave.

Yesterday the hottest temperature of 2022 so far was recorded at 23.4C in St James Park in central London, beating the previous record by more than a degree.

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People enjoy the glorious sunny weather on the River Thames


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Today the mercury is expected to get close to 22C – making parts of the UK hotter than Ibiza.

In Dorset, where beautiful rugged coastlines and long sandy beaches are commonplace, many have drawn to the sea to soak up the warm rays of the sun.

Lyme Regis and Bournemouth beach were busy late morning with people wanting to shake off the winter chill and soak up some sun.

In London, the ponds of Hampstead Heath and various lidos stood in for the sea and provided refreshing places to cool off in the spring water.

A perfect day for sunbathing


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Others walked to the nearest patch of grass to spread out a picnic blanket and grab a light bite.

At Henley on Thames, Oxfordshire boaters took to the river en masse, drifting gently down the water while sunbathers graced the banks.

The good news for those who are working today or otherwise unable to enjoy the sun is that it is expected to continue tomorrow and Monday.

Barring patches of cloud and rain in Belfast and the western parts of the main island, good weather and sunshine ensure a pleasant springtime mood for most.

Lyme Regis Beach was packed today


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The mercury is expected to rise above 20C tomorrow.

As with all things, there is no such thing as a free lunch on a sunny Easter weekend.

Roads across the country were hit by traffic jams due to demand, while long queues were expected at UK airports.

The beach was hip today


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Partly due to staff shortages, 55 flights have been canceled at London airports today, including Heathrow, Gatwick and Luton.

Pictures from Dover this morning show long queues at check-in for ferries after P&O announced it would suspend all services between Dover and Calais this weekend.

Lorries, backed by additional post-Brexit papers, have also been displayed on Kent Motorways.

Not a bad day for a picnic


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Below is the five day forecast issued by the Met Office


Most areas will be fine and dry with warm sunshine once the early nebulae clear. Sunshine turns hazy later in the west. However, some North Sea and southwestern coastal areas may remain cool and cloudy.

This evening:

Clouds and showers developing over Northern Ireland and perhaps parts of western Scotland. Dry elsewhere with clear periods and some haze and fog patches.

The temperature was expected to reach 22C in the south




Most areas are fine and dry with best sunshine in the east once early fog and mist clears. Cloudier in the west with rain over Northern Ireland spreading to western Britain.

Outlook for Monday to Wednesday:

Cooler and more inconsistent with some showers or rain but also with bright or sunny spells. Winds mostly light or moderate, but fresh at times in the north.

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