Sun set to sizzle for Diamond Jubilee weekend

Sun set to shine for Diamond Jubilee weekendBeachgoers enjoyed the rays in Brighton. PA

Anyone making plans to head away for the Diamond Jubilee weekend should maybe have a little rethink - as weather experts say the sun is set to stay for the four-day celebrations.

Brits flocked to the UK coast this weekend, soaking up rays that hit 80F, with around 650,000 beachgoers hitting the sand at Bournemouth, Brighton and Blackpool, according to The Sun.

Temperatures were hovering around 27C, making Britain hotter than Ibiza and Egypt.

The hottest place was Wisley in Surrey, where the mercury hit 27.4C.

And anyone throwing street parties or heading to watch the royal boat procession on the Thames this weekend can breathe a sigh of relief as the heatwave is set to continue, although not with such searingly hot temperatures.

Sun set to shine for Diamond Jubilee weekendCrowds soaked up the sun on Clapham Common. PA

Jim Dale from the British Weather Service told Aol Travel: "The weekend will be largely 'nice'. It will be A VERY BRITISH AFFAIR with the odd scattered showers, but with temperatures up to the early 20s."

According to the Mirror, the Met Office predict temperatures into the mid-20s, saying the heat will take a dip during the week, but pick up again for the weekend.

The average temperature for this time of year is around 16C, and the hottest recorded May temperature is 32.8C.

Rail firms were 25% busier on coastal routes this weekend, and some swimmers in Cornwall spotted seven-metre basking sharks being drawn closer to the shore by rising sea temperatures.

Last week, a huge shark was spotted in a harbour in Cornwall, where it delighted tourists for about an hour.

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Sun set to sizzle for Diamond Jubilee weekend

Perfectly located for you to enjoy the Jubilee celebrations, Citadines Trafalgar Square is a short walk to Trafalgar Square where the Queen and other royals, like Prince Charles and Camilla, Princes William and Harry, plus Kate will pass on the processional route on Tuesday 5 June. The serviced apartment offers you the best of both worlds - hotel style and service with apartment facilities, like a kitchen - perfect for preparing breakfast early so you can secure a prime spot in the Jubilee crowd! There are one and two bedroom apartments, a cosy living area and patriotic decor! From £159 per night. Visit

With two double bedrooms, a large living area and perfectly located off Gloucester Road near Hyde Park, this ground floor apartment is close enough for you to walk to Buckingham Palace and the Thames Diamond Jubilee Pageant on Sunday 3 June. Elvaston Place is great for a family of four with light interiors and plenty of space, plus shops, museums and restaurants on its doorstep. If you have a large family, there's also an apartment available directly above so you can rent both properties. From £1,345 per week. Visit

This elegant, urban retreat in Hampstead has a village feel with lovely shops and cafes nearby. It's located a short walk away from Hampstead Tube Station with access to the Jubilee, Metropolitan and Northern lines so it's close enough to Buckingham Palace and other Diamond Jubilee spots, while far enough for you to escape the crowds when you're tired of partying. The apartment sleeps up to six people and has a sleek kitchen, stylish bedroom and pretty garden. £195 per night. Visit

Not only is this Hotel Boat in Henley-on-Thames, Windsor a unique place to stay for the Jubilee Bank Holiday, it's a haven from the crowds in London and means you can enjoy the River Thames too. Located just an hour from London, it's in a good spot for you to travel by train to the capital for the celebrations or have a driver take you along the Thames. There are three cabins, an open saloon and a fitted kitchen. It's not too far from Windsor Castle either, giving you the perfect excuse to visit a royal attraction. £250 per night. Visit

Set in a characterful 1920s mansion block overlooking Hyde Park, this one bedroom apartment sleeps four and is close to Oxford Street, Knightsbridge, Trafalgar Square and Piccadilly. It's spacious and newly refurbished with wooden floors, a large flat screen TV and a comfortable bedroom. It also comes with free access to a concierge service, just in case the Jubilee celebrations aren't enough for you! £200 per night. Visit

This super sleek apartment off Tower Bridge Road with floor-to-ceiling windows offers views over Southwark and is ideal for watching the celebrations from inside. The apartment offers something else sweet too - it's based in the original Hartley’s Jam Factory, adding some character to your stay. The interiors are ultra-modern with under-floor heating, designer furniture and a bedroom for two. There's a professional kitchen but if you don't fancy cooking, a personal chef can be arranged for you. Now that's what we call dining like a royal! £202.50 per night. Visit

Stay in one of London's most desirable residential areas for the Jubilee period in pretty Little Venice, which has a charming village feel while still central enough to give you easy access to the big events. This beautiful apartment for up to four people has a luxurious marble bathroom with REN products, unique designer furniture and state-of-the-art facilities like a flat screen TV, MP3 docking station, DVD player and Sky - not that you'll run out of things to do and see over the eventful weekend! From £320 per night. Visit

With a name fit for a royal, this plush one bedroom apartment in upmarket Kensington that sits on the top floor of a mansion block has light decor and a bright bedroom as well as manicured gardens and access to tennis courts. Queen's Club Gardens is ideal for a couple looking for a little London nook and is a great base for exploring prestigious Kensington or hopping on a bus to enjoy the Jubilee celebrations. £135 per night. Visit

Stay in the Royal Borough of Greenwich at the historic Royal Academy Hall where you're sure to catch a glimpse of the river pageant. Overlooking the Royal Artillery Museum, the 15th century listed house, which sleeps 10 people has a stylish lounge, a cocktail bar and tables for dining on the roof terrace. It's ideally located for central London and the Olympic Park if you fancy a peak before the Games. £1,000 per week. Visit

Want somewhere to unwind after celebrating the Queen's Diamond Jubilee? This quaint cottage looks out onto a serene city square and is situated close to the river for you to watch the Thames Jubilee Pageant on 3 June, with attractions like Tate Modern and the National Theatre just a short walk away. The quintessential English home sleeps three and has a charming kitchen, a stunning fireplace and cosy living areas. £190 per night. Visit


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