Hottest day of the year confirmed as temperatures exceed 28C

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It's official - today is the hottest of the year so far, as temperatures soar about 28C.

The Met Office announced shortly after lunchtime that it had reached 28.1 °C at Porthmadog, Gwynedd, Wales - with temperatures expected to continue to rise this afternoon.

In the North East, the maximum temperature is expected to be a more modest 27C, according to forecasters - and while workers turn on the fans or swelter in the heat, those lucky enough to be off work are enjoying fun in the sun.

It's expected to become more cloudy this afternoon - but with little chance of rain - and tonight is predicted to by dry, warm and muggy with long clear periods.

An onshore breeze near the coast see introduce some mist and low cloud at times later in the night.

Sadly the dry, sunny weather is not set to last for the Bank Holiday weekend. Tomorrow will see temperatures of up to 24C - but warm and humid, with thundery showers developing during the afternoon.

The Met Office predicts the odd shower at first on Sunday but mostly dry, cooler and fresher. More cloud is forecast for Monday with isolated showers.

Warm sunshine is again predicted on Tuesday - just as most of us return to work.