Balmy Britain to be hotter than Ibiza this Bank Holiday weekend before 25C scorcher

SUN-starved Brits yesterday finally got a glimpse of what millions of us have been waiting weeks for.

After a record month of rain, the sun was out and beaches and parks were packed.

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Alexander Tudor, four, hit the sands in Lytham St Annes, Lancs, while Blackpool, Bournemouth and the South Coast were all busy.

And the Bank Holiday weekend is set to see temperatures of up to 25C (77F), with the sizzler lasting well into next week.

With lockdown easing, 11million are expected to travel to meet family and friends.

The Met Office’s Grahame Madge said: “It’s going to get noticeably warmer over the next few days.

“We’re in for much clearer conditions with prolonged spells of sunshine.

We could see temperatures rise to 25C by Monday. The best of the sunshine will be in London but it will still be above 20C elsewhere.

“These are average for the time of year but after the month we’ve just had the contrast will be striking.

“It looks like the sunshine will extend into the middle of next week at least. There’s a possibility it could last even longer than that.”

Yesterday’s belated beams came after weeks of wind, rain, lightning, hail and even snow.

This is the fifth wettest May on record with 4.35in (110.5mm) of rain. The worst was 5in (128.4mm) in 1967.

Wales has had the wettest on record, with 8.2in (207.4mm) beating the 7.25in (184.2mm) in 1967.

The RAC says 7.2million leisure trips will be made this weekend

A further 3.6million are due to be taken at some point by those who have not yet decided when to go.

The RAC’s Ben Aldous said: “With Covid restrictions gradually lifting and some better weather on the horizon at last, we’re anticipating large numbers of drivers to be venturing out and about.

“People now have more confidence to drive to see friends and family safely.

"Our research points to Saturday and Monday being the busiest days but, in reality, there’s a good chance the weather will have the final say as to how busy the roads get.

“A return to more typical late May temperatures and an end to the recent wind and rain could spark a sudden surge in journeys and mean some routes — especially those to the coasts and hills — start to clog up.”

The RNLI is preparing for its busiest summer with 30million visitors expected to hit the beach.

Spokesman Gareth Morrison said: “We want people to enjoy the coast but urge everyone to respect the water, think about their safety and know what to do in an emergency.

“Our main advice is to visit a lifeguarded beach and swim between red and yellow flags.

“RNLI lifeguards will be patrolling to offer advice and they are also there to help anyone who gets into trouble.

“In a normal year, around 140 people lose their lives accidentally at the coast and we know that more than half of those never intended to be in the water.”

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