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Last Updated: Sunday, 15 April 2007, 19:34 GMT 20:34 UK
UK sees hottest weekend of year
Holly Watson, 5, from Kent, playing in Bournemouth
Holly Watson, 5, from Kent, playing in Bournemouth
The UK has enjoyed its hottest weekend of the year so far, with temperatures over 26C in the south.

Forecasters said it reached 26.5C in Herstmonceux in East Sussex on Sunday - about 10 degrees above average.

But cloudy and sometimes rainy conditions in western areas meant temperatures there were lower.

After a warm Sunday night, forecasters expect temperatures to fall back during the week, particularly in the northern half of the UK.

Falling temperatures

The BBC Weather Centre reported a temperature of 26C in the Solent on Saturday, with Manchester reaching 24C.

The London Weather Centre saw a high of 24.7C on Sunday, said BBC forecaster Peter Gibbs.

While he said the temperature was well above average, "to put it into context its fallen well behind the all-time April high of 29.4C".

He said the temperatures would continue to fall during the week, but it was still too early to tell how warm next weekend would be.

Sunbathers in deckchairs

He said similar April temperatures to this weekend were seen in 2003, the year Europe sweltered in record summer temperatures.

Aberdeen saw a high of 23C, while temperatures in mid-Wales rose to more than 21C. In Northern Ireland the mercury struggled to rise above 18C.

In the Channel Islands, however, summer did not come early - it was foggy and temperatures were a relatively chilly 12C, Mr Gibbs said.

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

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.

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