THE UK is set to sizzle in an Easter scorcher with Good Friday temperatures soaring to 23C with more to come.
Brits will bask in heat balmier than Barcelona on Sunday as the mercury is tipped to top a record-breaking 25C.
It’s set to be Britain’s hottest Easter Sunday in 178 years.
London, Cardiff and southern England will bake in the most blazing heat today as the thermometer tilts to 23C.
But Manchester, Birmingham and Glasgow will also see temperatures hit a scorching 22C.
Met Office Chief Meteorologist, Frank Saunders, said: “It’s going to feel warm or very warm across much of the country this Easter weekend.
“Temperatures will reach into the low 20s Celsius quite widely and there’s a good chance some places particularly in the south could see temperatures peaking around 24 to 25 Celsius.”
The roasting weather brought Brits pouring onto beaches on Good Friday.
Sunseekers flocked to Bournemouth’s seaside and Weymouth beach in Dorset as people slapped on the factor 30.
The Met Office said morning fog would clear swiftly so long spells of sunshine can break through.
There could be some light showers in central, southern, eastern Scotland and northern England – but most of the country will stay dry.
Stoke-on-Trent will bask in sunshine as warm air from Greece pushes in.
The Midlands city could see temperatures hit 25C, while southern California will peak at just 19C.
Forecasters think the UK’s Easter Sunday record — 25.3C set in 2011 — will be smashed.
But temperatures won’t quite match the hottest ever Easter weekend — 29.4C on the Saturday in 1949.
This week sun worshippers across Britain have been enjoying a warm spell, including Siobhan Graves, 25, in Leigh-on-Sea, Essex. Average April temperatures are 11.4C.
But changes to the Jet Stream, which usually brings weather in from the west, means Britain will boil.
The hottest day of the year — February 26’s 21.2C at Kew, London — will also be smashed this weekend.
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POTTERIES HOTTER THAN CALIFORNIA
Supermarkets are bracing for a BBQ food rush. Asda is expecting to sell close to 750,000 burgers and 350,000 sausages. Sainsbury’s is set to see ice lolly sales quadruple.
But day-trippers will clog roads, with traffic jams due on coastal routes including the A23 to Brighton, A31 to Dorset, A30 to Cornwall and M55 to Blackpool.
Bank Holiday Monday is set to push 24C, with similar highs until Wednesday.