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Last Updated: Saturday, 14 April 2007, 18:58 GMT 19:58 UK
UK basking in warm spring weekend
Sunbathers in deckchairs
Easter weekend saw above-average temperatures
The UK is basking in warm sunshine - with the highest temperatures of the year so far expected over the weekend.

Forecasters are predicting it could reach 24-25C before Sunday evening - about 10 degrees above spring average.

The BBC Weather Centre reported a temperature of 25C in the Solent on Saturday, with Manchester reaching 24.2C and Bournemouth 24C.

The Met Office has said there is a 60% chance that 2007 will beat 1998 as the hottest year worldwide on record.

Bookmakers Ladbrokes had been offering 20/1 odds that the record temperature for April in the UK - 29.4C - would be beaten on Saturday.

Elizabeth Saary of the BBC Weather Centre said London reached a high of 23C.

"We will be having similar temperatures on Sunday, and we'll probably get a 25C somewhere," she said.

Crowd at Aintree enjoy the hot weather
Temperatures could reach 26C in some places, forecasters say

Forecasts suggested southern England would enjoy the warmest weather, although temperatures of up to 19-20C were predicted for Northern Ireland and inland Scotland.

Some rain is expected in Wales and the West Country over the weekend, but temperatures still reached into the 20s, with Cardiff recording a maximum temperature of 22C on Saturday afternoon.

BBC forecaster Daniel Corbett said the temperatures would cool from Sunday evening as the warm, stable air drifted eastwards, but temperatures on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday would be in the late teens - several degrees higher than the April average.

Ladbrokes has set 3/1 odds for temperatures breaking the 100F (37.8C) barrier in 2007.

Send us your pictures illustrating how you are enjoying the weather this weekend to yourpics@bbc.co.uk or text them to 07725 100 100.

A meteorologist talks about the hot weather

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