- Britain has basked in sunshine and blue skies as temperatures reached up to 15C in some areas over the weekend
- Sunbathers have taken the opportunity to catch some rays on the beach in Portsmouth and Southsea in Hampshire
- The Met Office predicts temperatures will remain high and UK will see dry and pleasant weather through next week
- Monday is expected to be the hottest day and parts of north eastern Scotland could experience highs of up to 15C
Sunbathers have been on the beach taking the opportunity to catch some rays as Britain basked in blue skies and warm weather this weekend.
It looked like Spring had finally arrived as temperatures hit double figures across parts of the UK, with highs of around 15C, and the Met Office has predicted the weather could be here to stay.
The country could enjoy at least another ten days of mild conditions according to forecasters, with temperatures of around 10-12C predicted.
The changing weather has kept bookies on their toes with punters now hedging their bets on an Easter sizzler.
With the temperature reaching double figures, sun-seekers took the opportunity to catch some rays in Old Portsmouth, Hampshire
From left: Aadam Akram, 12, and Melaeka Khatun, 12, made the most of the weather and splashed around in the sea at Southsea Beach in Portsmouth
Forecasters have promised largely calm and settled weather for the coming days with experts putting the change in weather down to a huge swathe of high pressure wedged close to the UK holding wind and rain at bay.
Although clear skies by day will keep thermometers higher than of late, there are likely to be some cold and frosty nights ahead.
Despite the largely dry and settled picture, forecasters have not ruled out the odd shower in parts of the country in the coming days.
The Met Office is predicting temperatures in double figures this week with independent forecasters promising highs of 17C (63F) in the north and 14C (57F) elsewhere.
The Met Office said fine weather will continue through the week with Monday and Tuesday likely to bring good spells of warm sunshine.
Spring has arrived: Left, a young woman relaxes in the sun on Brighton beach and right, Izzie Blane, 20 (left) and Hannah Thomas, 22 (right) at Southsea Beach in Portsmouth
These hardy souls decided to go for a swim at Brighton beach, where temperatures reached highs of around 10C today according to the Met Office
Forecaster Mark Wilson said parts of Scotland and the northwest are in for the best of the weather with the southeast turning cooler by the weekend.
He said: ‘It is looking mainly dry throughout the week with some places getting some really decent sunshine. The east will be a bit chillier over the next couple of days but places further north and west will do rather well.
‘This is because of the location of high pressure which will bring cooler winds off the North Sea to southeastern regions with milder breezes elsewhere.
‘Further into the week it is a similar picture, dry with some pleasant spells of sunshine although fog could be a problem in the mornings. Although it is largely looking dry throughout the week, there will be a little bit of rain around.’
Esme Haustead, 8, and Iris Haustead, 5, throw stones into the sea at Southsea Beach (left) while four-year-old Oscar Smith enjoys the sun (right)
Forecasters have however struggled to agree on the weather for Easter with the outlook changing from day to day.
Coral has slashed odds on it being the warmest on record from 6-1 into 3-1 with 8-1 on 20C (68F) being hit by the end of the month.
Spokesman John Hill said: ‘After a cold start to March, all the money at the start of the month was for a frosty Easter.
‘However, with positive forecasts predicted for the next couple of weeks, we are now starting to see support in the betting for a warm Easter.’
Met Office forecaster Jenna Macgregor said the UK will continue to see settled and mild conditions overnight and throughout the rest of the week.
She said: ‘There will be some patchy cloud and mist in southern parts of the UK overnight. But by tomorrow morning there will be sunny spells across the UK.
‘There will be highs of around 10-12 degrees through the week, getting cooler towards Friday.
‘Into next week conditions will stay similar.’
She said the weather is likely to become more unsettled towards Easter.
Hikers take a break at Buttermere in the Lake District in Cumbria, enjoying the dry and settled weather – which could be here to stay for a few more days
Tourists enjoy a punt ride along the River Cam in Cambridge, where temperatures were around 10C today. The Met Office has predicted the weather could remain settled for at least the next week
Sunbathers basked in the warm weather against the hot walls in Old Portsmouth, Hampshire. The Met Office says the coastal town could become cooler over the next few days
Left, Isla Stanton, 9, on a tree swing and right, Euan Stanton, 6, enjoys the spring weather near Ashford, Kent
Despite sunny and mild conditions in Brighton, the sea may have been significantly cooler – but that didn’t put this woman off taking a dip
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