Scotland to be hotter than Morocco today as country continues to sizzle

A field of colourful tulips come into bloom near King's Lynn in Norfolk as Britain sees warmer spring weather this week with temperatures reaching up to 22 degrees Celsius. PRESS ASSOCIATION

Marco Petagna, a Met Office meteorologist, told the Mirror: "We have got high pressure moving at the moment giving most of the United Kingdom a lot of fine weather".

And Saturday was named the warmest day of the year so far when the mercury hit 25.5C in Gosport, Hampshire.

Thanks to some warm weather moving in from the continent, the United Kingdom has been basking in temperatures in the mid 20s so far this Bank Holiday weekend - a welcome change from the fog and frost of the rest of the month.

"It is the hottest day of the year so far".

The Met Office says the nation is well on the way to having record-breaking Easter Sunday temperatures.

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The highest recorded temperature over an Easter weekend was 29.4C, taken at Camden Square in London on Easter Saturday in 1949, the Met Office said.

Those hoping for pleasant weather over the bank holiday weekend won't be disappointed with Met Eireann predicting a dry, bright, sunny couple of days ahead.

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And Easter Sunday is set to be even warmer.

Not everywhere will see blue skies, with north-west Scotland and the Northern Isles expected to have some clouds and rain on Saturday.

Temperatures hit 24.2C (75.6F) in Kinlochewe in the Highlands, 23.6C (74.4F) in Cardiff and 21.4C (70.5F) in Armagh.

Alex Apati from Ladbrokes said: "Brits have been treated to a scorching start to the Easter weekend and things will only get hotter if the latest odds are anything to go by".

"We could see as high as 25 or 26 on Sunday so we could break the Easter Sunday record".

While most of the United Kingdom was decked with sunshine, the Met Office said it would be cloudier, cooler and windier in the far northwest, with rain over north and northwest Scotland. This is still below the top Easter Sunday temperature from 2011 when the mercury reached 25.3C in the Solent.

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