Summer will arrive in the UK as the hottest weather of the year so far is expected this week.
Temperatures could reach 27C by Tuesday (May 12) bringing a boost of summer joy after the recent spate of storms and bad weather.
A blast of hot air from Iberia will push thermometers above 25C around Britain at the start of this week.
Spokeswoman Laura Young said: "A tropical continental air mass from Iberia is going to bring some very warm and sunny weather.
"Temperatures will reach the mid 20Cs and we are not ruling out a 27C, it will be a vast difference."
The cheery forecast comes after Britain was battered by heavy showers and 60mph-plus winds.
Temperatures at the beginning of this week will be well above-average although experts say it will turn cooler again from Wednesday (May 13).
Leon Brown, forecaster for The Weather Channel UK, said: "Peak temperatures of 25C to 26C are likely with locally 27C possible across south-east England and East Anglia.
"The warmth will soon be swept away by the middle of next week and it will become windy with winds from the Atlantic bringing temperatures back down to near or slightly below normal."
By Tuesday, a few spots could locally hit 25C or 26C and as such, Tuesday could be the warmest day of the year so far."
James Madden, forecaster for Exacta Weather, added: "The south and east of the country are likely to see temperatures approaching the mid to high 20s at times throughout the early to middle part of next week."
Latest Met Office figures show last month was the sunniest April in records dating back to 1929 with 212 hours of sunshine - seven more than the previous record set in 1942.
Spokesman Helen Chivers said: "High pressure dominated the weather for much of April, bringing fine, dry, settled conditions, particularly across the southern half of the UK."
Originally published on Mirror Online.