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UK to be hotter than Australia as heatwave continues through Easter weekend

It could reach 24C in some places

The UK could be hotter than Australia this week as the warm weather continues into the Easter weekend.

Temperatures could hit 24C in parts of the country and will last through the Easter weekend due to an 800 mile-wide African 'heat rush'.

On Sunday, April 5, temperatures reached 22C in London and Porthmadog, Wales, and many Brits ignored lockdown measures to sunbathe.

Read more: Coronavirus: UK Foreign Office warns Brits not to travel 'indefinitely'

Later in the week, temperatures will soar again and some places across the country will be warmer than Australia's Bondi which is predicted to be 22C.

UK weather for Easter

Met Office forecaster Steven Keates told The Sun Online: "Today’s [April 5] temperatures were comfortably the highest we’ve seen so far.

"There’s a chance we will see higher temperatures of 23C or 24C on Wednesday and Thursday in central south eastern England.

"Monday and Tuesday are likely to be milder at 18C or 19C."

The UK needs to stay at home despite the warm weather (Credit: SplashNews.com)

The Met Office website states that it will be "the driest in the south".

The "greatest chance of rain and stronger winds in the far north and northwest of the UK", the forecaster says.

There’s a chance we will see higher temperatures of 23C or 24C.

Temperatures will be above normal but there will be overnight frosts further north.

This weather pattern is "expected to continue with dry weather dominating" beyond the Easter weekend.

Hundreds of Brits flouted the lockdown rules this weekend and there's been calls to close parks and beaches.

Warm weather is "expected to continue" (Credit: Pexels)

Read more: Health Secretary Matt Hancock slams sunbathers for ignoring coronavirus lockdown

Health Secretary Matt Hancock criticised sunbathers for ignoring the advice on Sunday.

What did he say?

He told Sky News: "To the very small minority who are continuing to flout the guidance - you are putting others lives at risk and you are putting yourself in harms way.

"We are crystal clear in the guidance what people should or shouldn't do.

"This is not a request, it's a requirement. People need to follow it."

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