There is nothing Brits love more than sunbathing on a warm bank holiday weekend – and Good Friday has certainly brought it.

Steven Keates, a meteorologist at the Met Office, said peaks could reach 23C in London, breaking the record of 20.8C (64F) set in March.

But the warm weather is not restricted to the capital and the mercury is forecast to well into the high teens in northern parts of the country, including Yorkshire and parts of Scotland.

Mr Keates said that while there might be no unbroken blue skies, most areas of the UK will be enjoying sunny spells with temperatures still high.

He urged beachgoers to ‘cover up with sunblock’ and drink plenty of water to protect themselves from above-average UV levels.

The strength of the sun ‘s UV rays could be as high as 6, as measured by the Met Office ‘s index.

This increase is caused by the weakening of stratospheric ozone which helps protect the Earth from radiation, Keates said.

Naturally occurring reactions in the atmosphere and man-made emissions both contribute to the phenomenon, which is typically transmittal, he added.


London is the capital and largest city of England and the United Kingdom. It stands on the River Thames in south-east England at the head of a 50-mile estuary down to the North Sea, (wikipedia)


Northamptonshire , is a county in the East Midlands of England. In 2015, it had a population of 723,000. (wikipedia)

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