Britain set for Easter scorcher as Good Friday reaches higher temperatures than California

St James' Park in London saw temperatures reach 23.4C on Good Friday

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The UK is set for warm weather ahead of Easter Sunday after experiencing the hottest day of the year so far.

People enjoy the sun in Greenwich Park, London, as many parts of the UK are set for another day of high temperatures, as the warm start to September continues.
People enjoy the sun in Greenwich Park, London, as many parts of the UK are set for another day of high temperatures, as the warm start to September continues.

The mercury hit 23.4C in St James’s Park in central London on Good Friday afternoon, the Met Office said, making it hotter than California.

Saturday is expected to be slightly cooler, but temperatures are set to hit 22C in parts of southern and central England.

Many parts of the country will see clear, sunny spells despite a cloudy start to the day in some areas.

Met Office meteorologist Simon Partridge told the PA news agency: “It will be a fairly cloudy start to the morning before developing into a rather fine and sunny day on the most part.

People make the most of the hot weather as they enjoy punt tours along the River Cam in Cambridge.
People make the most of the hot weather as they enjoy punt tours along the River Cam in Cambridge.

“Areas in the central and southern England, such as the West Midlands, are most likely to reach the low twenties.

“It will then become gradually cooler going into Sunday, with showers in Scotland and Northern Ireland, while most other areas should remain pleasant.”

More widely, some regions will reach the low twenties while parts of Scotland and Northern Ireland will reach the mid-to-high teens.

Some parts, mostly central and western areas, could see some cloud earlier in the day with mist and fog patches inland at first.

Forecasters say Easter Sunday will be cooler, although probably drier than Saturday, with showers confined mainly to the north and west ahead of a wetter Monday.