In Pictures: Fun in the sun amid soaring temperatures

Shorts and T-shirts have been dug out from the back of drawers as people across the country look to make the most of the warm weather.

Some parts of the country were forecast to hit as high as 28C (82F) - and many were taking advantage after a wet and cold start to spring.

Spring weather Apr 19th 2018
Spring weather Apr 19th 2018
Spring weather Apr 19th 2018
Spring weather Apr 19th 2018
Spring weather April 19th 2018
Spring weather April 19th 2018
The sun rising behind the Liverpool skyline (Peter Byrne/PA)
The sun rising behind the Liverpool skyline (Peter Byrne/PA)
Spring weather Apr 19th 2018
Spring weather Apr 19th 2018

?BREAKING NEWS? Heathrow Airport is already 25.7 °C and it is not even midday!! Yesterday the top temperature was around 3pm....so watch this space... #WarmestDayOfTheYear so far ? pic.twitter.com/eDcuA4LMdf

-- Met Office (@metoffice) April 19, 2018

Spring weather April 19th 2018
Spring weather April 19th 2018
Spring weather April 19th 2018
Spring weather April 19th 2018
Spring weather April 19th 2018
Spring weather April 19th 2018

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