Warm and sunny weather to settle over Britain this week

Warm and sunny weather to settle over Britain this weekPA

People all over the UK have been flocking to parks and beaches to soak up the Spring sunshine - and there's more to come.

Forecasters are predicting that temperatures could reach as high as 20C for the coming week - meaning that Britain is set to be hotter than Athens, Antalya and even Ibiza, where the mercury is not expected to rise higher than 16C this week.

Southern and eastern parts of England are likely to be the warmest, say forecasters.

The Met Office says it will be sunny and dry with very mild temperatures in most parts because a band of high pressure is settling over Britain for the next few days.

England and Wales will start off dry, with mist and low cloud soon dispersing to leave sunshine, while Scotland and the north west will start off with drizzle and cloud with sunshine beginning to break through across south-west Scotland during the day.

According to The Sun newspaper, private weather forecaster MetoGroup has predicted that temperatures could reach as high as 21C on Wednesday.

The average daily high for this time of year is just 9.3C.

The Met Office is expecting the warm spell to last until Friday, so if you're thinking of booking a day off to soak up some sun, now's your chance...

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Warm and sunny weather to settle over Britain this week

How many of these lovely old British coastal towns do you recognise? Bet you can't name them all!

This archetypal holiday resort has been labelled 'Britain's Las Vegas' and remains the nation's most popular seaside resort - with more than 13 million visitors every year, it attracts more sightseers than the Taj Mahal or the Statue of Liberty. The town also boasts one of the country's oldest theme parks, as well as its longest rollercoaster...

This seaside town was voted one of the happiest cities in the UK, as well as the hippest. It boasts the UK's first electric railway, the world's oldest aquarium, a popular nudist beach, a famous pavilion and more than 400 pubs. Recognise it yet?

This charming haven on Britain's 'sunrise coast' is famous for its iconic beach huts, lighthouse and award-winning pier. Rowan Atkinson and Bill Nighy are two of the increasing number of celebs who own second homes here, and the town's popularity among the chattering classes has led to it being dubbed 'Suffolk's least affordable town'.

This traditional Victorian town is seen as the jewel in the crown of the English Riviera. It's also the birthplace of Agatha Christie ...

This resort on the south east coast is famous for its oyster festival. It was also home to the first steam-hauled passenger railway, which opened in 1830 and provided a route for travellers to and from London. It was fondly named the 'Crab and Winkle line'.

This much-photographed bustling port and thriving cultural centre is set around a beautiful natural harbour and is surrounded by some of the most spectacular scenery in Britain.

This once-glorious resort fell on hard times for a while, but it's coming back on the radar for daytrippers and holidaymakers who are attracted to its retro appeal. And it has plenty to offer the modern visitor too. Most recently, it opened a £17 million art gallery...

This quaint traditional fishing village has been consistently ranked as one of the best UK seaside resorts. It boasts a famous historic abbey, excellent walking opportunities and a 2.5km stretch of sandy beach...

This well-known town on the south coast hosted the 2012 sailing Olympics. It's popular with modern holidaymakers, but this resort is believed to have been where the Black Death started in Britain in 1348 after two ships docked here carrying sick sailors.

This picturesque little harbour and seaside town boasts a spectacular hilltop position. Its beautiful beaches and medieval town walls are just two of the reasons sightseers flock here all year round...

This small but perfectly formed seaside resort is built on a mile-long peninsula and boasts three sandy beaches which are very popular among locals and tourists in the summer.

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