Beachgoers 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.
Crowds 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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