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We are set to swelter today in the hottest day of the year as temperatures reach a sizzling 25C.

Temperatures will soar past Italy and Greece today - with plenty more sunshine yet to come.

It's a welcome relief for us who have endured months of bleak wintry weather.

Met Office meteorologist Mark Wilson said: "It's going to be a pretty nice day - it will be a slow start in places with cloud first thing.

"But by mid-afternoon there will be lots of unbroken sunshine."

At 25C, the temperature is expected to be more than 10C higher than the UK average for the time of year.

"But by mid-afternoon there will be lots of unbroken sunshine."

At 25C, the temperature is expected to be more than 10C higher than the UK average for the time of year.

Tuesday was the warmest day this year, with 20.9C recorded in Santon Downham, Suffolk - but today could see that record tumble.

The high temperatures will not just be confined to one part of the country, with 20C-21C expected in Newcastle, 18C-19C  in Northern Ireland and 17C in Glasgow.

Thursday could see even higher temperatures - 25C-26C (77-79F) in the South East - as warm air continues to come up through Spain and on to the UK.

The UK has already bypassed sunny destinations like Malibu, California, and Rome, with the cities hitting 23C and 24C respectively yesterday.

The sizzling temperatures are coming courtesy of a hot African air plume, which has been sending the weather soaring.

The 1,500 mile wide plume arrived from North Africa on Monday.

Rising temperatures aren't just set to end this month - with forecasters predicting a hotter than average June, July and August.

The Weather Channel’s Leon Brown said: “Glorious blue skies and 30C (86F) are expected by June thanks to warm air flowing from the Continent.”

And the heat will be continuing throughout the weekend, meaning Sunday's London Marathon could be the hottest on record.

Bookmaker Coral have even slashed the odds on this month to be the hottest April ever.

And Ladbrokes have cut the odds for the good weather continuing into June, cutting the 2003 record of 101.3F (38.5C) being broken this year.

But make the most of the sunny weather this week - as it may not continue.

Saturday could see isolated showers in parts, while there is "uncertainty" about what Sunday's weather will bring.

Temperatures will be dropping to a comparatively chilly 16C, so Brits wanting to make the most of BBQ weather should dust off their deckchairs now.

The Met's Mr Wilson said: "We’re not quite into summer yet...but compared to the cold start to Spring, this week will certainly be feeling very different."

Next weekend showers will return to dampen the sunshine as fronts from the Atlantic may mean western Scotland and Northern Ireland could see more rainy weather.

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