UK hotter than Ibiza - but rain is on its way

The sun sets over one of the Iron Men,  part of the Another Place installation by Anthony Gormley, at Crosby Beach, Merseyside, last night. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Monday April 20, 2015. Britain's is set to bask in sunshine today with temperatures expected to equal the holiday resort of Ibiza. See PA story WEATHER Hot. Photo credit should read: Peter Byrne/PA Wire

The sun sets over one of the Iron Men, part of the Another Place installation by Anthony Gormley, at Crosby Beach, Merseyside, last night. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Monday April 20, 2015. Britain's is set to bask in sunshine today with temperatures expected to equal the holiday resort of Ibiza. See PA story WEATHER Hot. Photo credit should read: Peter Byrne/PA Wire

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Britain sizzled in sunshine yesterday as temperatures hit a high of 20C, making the country hotter than the popular party island of Ibiza.

But Britons should make the most of the weather while it lasts as it is set to turn cooler and more unsettled, with rain and cloud predicted for the weekend. Sun-seekers yesterday flocked to parks to enjoy the heatwave, which has sent the mercury soaring to well above average for this time of year.

Temperatures hit a high of 20C (68F) in Bournemouth, making it hotter than Ibiza, which could only manage 18C (64F), while much of the country enjoyed weather in the high teens. Helen Roberts, a forecaster with the Met Office, said: “It is above average for this time of year.

“The warmth has been down to the amount of sunshine, which has come from an area of high pressure and the air, which is coming from the south which is warm for the UK.”

Today is expected to be another fine day with temperatures hitting the high teens. But a band of cloud is expected to send temperatures dipping at the end of the week and showers will hit at the weekend.

According to the Met Office, Yorkshire will today see fine and dry weather with bright, sunny spells and a maximum temperature of 17C, though it will be cloudier and cooler near the coasts. Tomorrow is expected to be fine and dry with bright or sunny spells, though there is a risk of showers on Friday and outbreaks of showery rain are expected to arrive on Saturday.

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