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  • 18 May 2014, 0:21

Brits Swelter As Parts Of UK Hotter Than Athens

Britain is expected to enjoy temperatures of up to 25C (77F) after basking in the hottest day of the year so far on Saturday.

The mercury rose to 23.9C (74.66F) in Santon Downham in Suffolk, beating Friday's high of 23.7C (75.02F) recorded at Pershore College in Worcestershire.

It meant the UK was warmer than Athens and Rome, where temperatures reached 21C (69.8F).

London, the South East, East Anglia and the East Midlands enjoyed the highest temperatures of between 23C (73.4F) and 24C (75.2F).

However, it could be up to a degree warmer today, with parks and beaches again likely to enjoy bumper days.

Sky News Forecaster Isobel Lang warned the strong sunshine meant high UV levels.

And while for most the weekend will be warm with blue skies, parts of Northern Ireland and Scotland are likely to see rain.

Next week will become more unsettled with thundery showers expected all over the country although overnight temperatures are due to stay warm.

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