After a sweltering weekend, Monday is set to be warmer — at least one degree hotter than it was on Easter Sunday and beating a 2011 Easter Monday record
Easter Monday weather is set to break yet another all-time record when UK temperatures soar to 26C, according to the Met Office .
This means the Easter Monday all-time record of 24C (2011) will also very likely be surpassed.
Saturday was named the warmest day of the year so far when the temperature hit 25.5C in Gosport, Hampshire.
And on Easter Sunday, millions of people flocked to beaches and parks to enjoy glorious sunshine over the bank holiday weekend.
The mercury reached 25C in Wisley, Sussex, on Sunday – falling just short of England’s 25.3C record set in 2011.
But the three other home nations enjoyed the warmest Easter Sundays in history.
Temperatures reached 23C in Trawsgoed, Wales, 22.8C in Edinburgh, Scotland, and 20.7C in Helen’s Bay, Northern Ireland.
These beat 21.6C in Brynamman, Wales, in 1984, along with 20.7C in Aboyne, Scotland, in 2015, and 19.4C in Armagh in Northern Ireland in 1924.
Met Office meteorologist Marco Petagna said: “We have got high pressure moving at the moment giving most of the UK a lot of fine weather .
“This combined with the fact that the high pressure has dominated for the past few days is allowing the temperatures to heat and build.
“It is allowing some record breaking temperatures to be set and potentially on Monday as we are looking at a high of 25C or 26C.”
Brits can expect more of this glorious sunshine on Monday — although, during the course of the day conditions may become hazier as a bank of cloud moves up from the south.
The Met Office say there is even an outside chance Wales and south-west England could see some showers.
And Tuesday will become even hazier with more possible showers heralding the arrival of thundery rain from Wednesday.
An area of low pressure will end the heatwave and make Wednesday, Thursday and Friday unsettled and much cooler.
This rainfall will provide a welcome break from the heatwave to farmers struggling to find enough water for their crops.
Water restrictions have already been imposed on many areas amid mounting concerns over a lack of significant rain and low river flows.
Cumulative rainfall totals for April range from about 18 per cent of the monthly long-term average in East Anglia to 68 per cent in south-west England.
Experts believe the price of fresh food in shops could skyrocket if the dry weather continues NFU spokesman Paul Hammett said: “We’re looking at a number of options to try to limit the risk of water shortage.
Last summer’s agricultural drought is still fresh in the memory.
“The issue now is that crops are starting to grow well, but temperatures are rising and soils are quite dry very early in the season.
“So while it is far too early to predict anything about how 2019 is going to play out, farmers are already concerned.”
Despite the incredible springtime hear, the UK’s warmest Easter temperature of 29.4C, in London on Easter Saturday 1949, is not under threat.
The sweltering conditions prompted wildfire warnings in several areas of the country.
Norfolk Fire and Rescue say the lack of recent rainfall and hot weather has left a ‘severe’ risk of outbreaks.
People enjoying the outdoors have been warned to take care, particularly when using disposable barbecues.
In the last few days there have already been huge gorse and grassland fires as far apart as Bodmin Moor in Cornwall and on moorland near Manchester.
Elsewhere beaches, parks and natural beauty spots were packed with people enjoying the bank holiday weekend.
In Bournemouth, Dorset, tourism bosses said the hot weather meant they expected more than 640,000 visitors to the town over the four-day weekend.
Local shop owners in the area say deckchairs and beach equipment were sold out by Saturday lunchtime.
A spokesman for Bournemouth council’s tourism office said: “This Easter weekend has been a glorious one so far and we hope it continues.