Experts have hailed the start of a "blazing" British summer as temperatures soar to 30C.
Britain is set to swelter in a tropical blast as summer finally gets going on Wednesday.
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Swathes of the country are set to enjoy blue skies and sunshine with good weather forecast into next week.
Southern regions will see the highest temperatures over the coming days with Scotland and the north also warmer than average.
Despite a slight cooldown towards the end of the week another surge of warmth will lift spirits this weekend, forecasters say.
Little Georgia enjoys the warmer temperatures
Early indications suggest this could be the theme for the next few weeks as Britain finally gets a summer to remember.
The Met Office said after a blast of warmth on Wednesday things could turn even hotter over the weekend.
Forecaster Oli Claydon said: "Wednesday is looking like the warmest day of the week with highs of 25C across England and Wales and 28C in parts.
"Further north we are looking at temperatures in the mid teens although parts of Scotland could touch 21C.
It's going to get a lot hotter
People will be able to bask in the sunshine
"The milder weather is due to high pressure to the south of the UK pulling warm tropical maritime air up from Portugal and the Azores.
"Thursday and Friday look slightly fresher, and then there are signs this weekend will turn warm again, back into the high 20Cs with a chance of seeing a 30C (86F) in the south."
Good weather is likely to draw thousands of people out and about this weekend which is shaping ip to the hottest of the year so far.
Temperatures in the upper 20Cs or even higher will be more than 10C above the norm for the time of year.
It's set to get a lot hotter on Bournemouth beach
You'll definitely need your sunscreen over the next few days
Experts say there is no sign of a breakdown in the weather with the warm spell likely to herald the start of a blazing summer.
Jim Dale, forecaster for British Weather Services, said: "The weather is steadily going to improve over the coming days with some high temperatures forecast over the next week.
"Southern regions will be warmest although the north is still looking at highs of around 23C or 24C during this spell.
"Although the first part of June has been a bit ropey at times we are now going into a more decent period of weather.
"It won't take much to push us into those heatwave-type situations, and this could be the hallmark for the summer as a whole.
"That said, it is not all wall-to -wall sunshine, there will be humid periods followed by thunderstorms as the heat breaks down."
Hay fever sufferers have been warned to watch out with warm weather triggering soaring pollen levels over the next few days.
The Met Office predicts very high counts across much of England on Wednesday with low to moderate levels further north.
Pollen levels will remain very high in parts of the country into the weekend according to the forecast.