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Last Updated: Monday April 25 2011 10:33 GMT

PICTURES: Britain enjoys hottest day of year so far!

People enjoy the sun on Brighton Beach

Most parts of Britain have been enjoying an Easter weekend of sun, sun, sun - Saturday was the hottest day of the year so far! Beaches like this one in Brighton have been packed.

Toby the donkey enjoys an ice cream

Toby the donkey gets an ice cream treat from his handler Gary in London. The country's hottest spot on Saturday was Wisley in Surrey, where the temperature topped 27.8C!

Jessica and Libby play among bluebells at Bowood House in Wiltshire

Jessica and Libby play among bluebells at Bowood House in Wiltshire. Plants there have bloomed early thanks to the unusually warm weather for this time of year.

Lily builds a sandcastle in Blackpool

Lily builds a sandcastle on Blackpool beach. We've been told that Saturday was the hottest April day recorded since 1949!!

People enjoy a boat ride in South Shields

But it wasn't sunny everywhere all weekend - some parts of the UK were hit by thunderstorms, which are created by heat and humidity. Hillsborough in Sheffield even got 5cm of hail!

HMS Belfast on the River Thames during the morning haze

The hot temperatures led to a smog alert being issued for England and Wales. That's when warm, wind-free weather mixes with city fumes to increase air pollution.

People enjoy the sun in Weston Super Mare

These people in Weston-super-Mare, Somerset, should make the most of the sun while it lasts - the weather is set to get cooler over the next few days...