London is set to be as warm as the Caribbean on Wednesday (April 15) - on the hottest day of the year so far.
The mercury is due to hit 27C in London and the South East - the same as Coopers Town in the Bahamas.
Experts have predicted a steep rise in the number of people pulling sickies as the temperatures peak.
The mini-heatwave is expected to last for most of the week. The warm spell is down to hot air from the Continent, but forecasters warned it would not last into the weekend.
Meteogroup’s Laura Caldwell said: “Cooler air in the North will spread down through Thursday and it will feel generally cooler into Friday and Saturday.”
Tuesday (April 14) was officially the hottest day of the year so far as the Met Office recorded 22.8C in St James’s Park, Central London.
But economists said businesses could pay the price with workers faking illness to have a day off, while others clock off early. The loss of productivity was valued at £125m.
Dr Alessandro Mennuni, of the University of Southampton, said: “People get distracted by good weather. More sick days could happen in the next two days.”
Meanwhile, bookmaker Ladbrokes has slashed the odds that this summer will be the hottest on record to 2/1. And forecasters have predicted this April will be the hottest in more than 350 years.
Spokeswoman Jessica Bridge said: “The next few months are going to be glorious and with temperatures rising on a daily basis, it won’t be long before the odds are cut again.”
And Londoners have been warned to expect 'moderate' levels of air pollution as more Saharan dust sweeps across the country.
Want to make the most of the sunshine and high temperatures? Check out our round-up of things to do outside in the sunshine in west London.
Originally published on Mirror Online.