BRITS have been hitting the beaches and parks today to bask in a record-breaking 24C Easter Sunday scorcher.
Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland have already hit their highest temperatures ever registered for Easter, with a chance that England could follow suit too.
Mercury Press21 Making a splash… three friends cool down on Formby beach, Merseyside, this morning
SWNS:South West News Service21 Soaking up the sunshine in Birmingham on what could be a record-breaking Easter Sunday
Alamy Live News21 Colourful scenes in Lyme Regis, Dorset, as crowds pack out beaches this Bank Holiday
SWNS:South West News Service21 Sunshine in Birmingham as most of the country feels the heat
Alamy Live News21 Brits lather up with sun cream on what could be the hottest day of the year so far
Dave Nelson21 Keeping your pool… two friends enjoy some fun in the sun on Blackpool beach
Alamy Live News21 Holidaymakers flock to the beach at the seaside resort of Lyme Regis in Dorset as temperatures soar
Alamy Live News21 The heatwave continues with hot and sunny weather, as beachgoers head to the seaside to enjoy the heat and sunshine in Bournemouth for the Easter holiday
London News Pictures21 Brighton beach is overflowing as Brits take advantage of a scorching Easter Sunday
Bournemouth News21 Two friends run through the waves at the Bournemouth beach
London News Pictures21 Thousands of visitors take to the beach in Brighton and Hove as sunny and hot weather is hitting the seaside resorts
PA:Press Association21 Swanning along… boaters enjoy a ride on the river Avon in Stratford-Upon-Avon
Rex Features21 People flock to Greenwich Park in the warm Easter sunshine
PA:Press Association21 Punters make their way through Westgate Gardens in Canterbury, Kent
Brits flock enjoy the sun as temperatures remain above average for Easter holidays
The mercury reached 23C in Trawsgoed, Wales, 22.8C in Edinburgh, Scotland, and 20.7C in Helen's Bay, Northern Ireland, by 2pm.
Met Office meteorologist Dean Hall said the UK record of 25.3C could be broken if temperatures reach 26C across southern England.
Wiggonholt in West Sussex has recorded the highest temperature in England so far with a steaming 24.3C – slightly cooler than yesterday's 25.5C in Gosport, Hampshire.
While most of the UK was decked with sunshine, the Met Office said it would be cloudier, cooler and windier in the far north-west, with rain over north and north-west Scotland.
Tonight temperatures will only cool off slightly – with up to 18C possible at 9pm, and lows of around 9C by 11pm.
The UK's warmest Easter temperature was the 29.4C recorded at Camden Square in London on Easter Saturday in 1949.
The other warmest Easter weekend days include the 26.9C recorded at London's St James's Park on Good Friday in 2011 – when the mercury also reached 25.3C on Easter Sunday and 24C on Easter Monday, both in the Solent.
Met Office meteorologist Dan Hall said that in "stark contrast" to the dry and sunny conditions in the UK, Spain and the Mediterranean are seeing showers and heavy downpours.
He added: "Spain is very unsettled as we go into Easter Monday. There are temperatures of 17C to 16C in Barcelona. There are certainly cooler conditions there compared to the UK."
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Meanwhile, emergency crews are tackling a large wildfire which is burning on the famous Ilkley Moor in West Yorkshire.
A helicopter has been brought in to help fight the fire.
More than 70 firefighters are at the scene, just south of the town of Ilkley, and police have being deployed to keep people away from the area.
West Yorkshire Fire Service said on Sunday morning that 12 crews were on the moor using water jets and beaters.
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A spokesman said: "Specialist wildfire units are also in attendance and a helicopter will be assisting with overhead water attack."
Sergeant Terri Green, from West Yorkshire Police, said on Twitter: "Please stay away from Ilkley Moor today. Deploying many officers to cordon it off due to dangerous conditions due to the fire. Going to need plenty of water and sun cream today for my team and I."
The dry, sunny and very warm temperatures have brought high risk of wildfires in Yorkshire and north-west England, and a moderate likelihood for Wales and south-west England, according to the Met Office.
Met Office21 Temps could potentially hit 26C today, which would make today the hottest Easter Sunday on record
21 This graphic shows scorching temperatures covering most of Britain today
Alamy Live News21 Brits soak up the rays in Aberystwyth, Wales
Alamy Live News21 A man tries out paddle boarding in Dorset
Alamy Live News21 Swimmers take a dip in the sea as holidaymakers flock to the beach at the seaside resort of Lyme Regis in Dorset
Alamy Live News21 A beachgoer makes the most of the sunshine in Bournemouth, Dorset