Sun-baked Britain was hotter than the South of France today and most will continue to enjoy warm weekend weather today.
The mercury hit almost 23C on Saturday and will steadily creep upwards, with 24C expected in London on Sunday and highs of 25C predicted for the start of the new working week on Monday.
Crowds flocked to the beaches to soak up the sunshine on Saturday with thousands packed onto Bournemouth beach in Dorset while kayakers took to Derwentwater in the Lake District.
Brits struggling to get abroad amid complicated travel rules flocked to beaches and parks in their droves on Saturday.
A man was taken to hospital after falling down the side of a slipway near the Beacon in Redcar, North Yorkshire, at around 1.20pm.
The Royal National Lifeboat Institute (RNLI) in Redcar said the man suffered head and potential spinal injuries.
Temperatures hit highs of 22.8C at Wisley in Surrey at 3pm, 22.7C in Hull and 22.6C at St James’ Park in central London.
The mercury is forecast to rise even higher on Sunday, with 24C expected in London and 21C in Newcastle.
By comparison, Nice in the South of France is expected to record highs of only 22C today.
However, Met Office meteorologist Sarah Kent said: “It’s not going to be wall-to-wall sunshine tomorrow, which will probably disappoint quite a few.
“First thing on Sunday morning there will be quite a lot of cloud across central parts of England, eastern Wales, and down to the South West.
“And in that zone there will be outbreaks of rain, with the odd heavier burst of rain in the South West.”
There will be a mixture of bright spells elsewhere throughout the morning, but the weather will begin to turn later in the day with a risk of widespread showers.
Northern Ireland and northern Scotland will see the best of the weather on Sunday, with only the “odd rogue shower” forecast during the day, Ms Kent said.
Showers and cloudy skies are forecast for northern England on Monday, turning to sunshine, with thunder and heavy showers by mid-afternoon in central and eastern areas.
Ms Kent said weather warnings may be put in place depending on the severity of the showers.
Despite the unsettled weather, temperatures are forecast to hit 25C in London and up to 21C in northern Scotland.
Scotland, Northern Ireland and parts of northwest England and northwest Wales should be fairly bright, just an isolated shower. Further south, some bright warm weather but some patchy rain early on, with a few heavy showers and thunderstorms by afternoon.
Showers in parts of England may be slow to die out, although most areas should turn dry beyond midnight, perhaps with fog patches. Cooler with clear spells in northern UK.
Many western and northern areas dry with some warm sunshine. Central and eastern England seeing some sunny intervals, but humid, with showers developing, heavy and thundery in places by afternoon.
Outlook for Tuesday to Thursday
Often fine and warm for southern and eastern areas, though cooler/cloudier near some coasts. Rain at times elsewhere, most persistent across western coasts and hills.