Britain could see the hottest April 10 on record this Good Friday, with temperatures set to beat holiday hot spot Ibiza with highs of at least 24C.
Sunny highs tomorrow are forecast to beat the 23.3C record set in 1909 in Devon, with Met Office records dating back to 1841.
It will also be one of the hottest documented Good Fridays – close to the 26.9C record set in London when it fell later in the month on April 22, 2011.
The Met Office also forecasts highs of up to 24C today and Saturday, while The Weather Outlook predicts 25C on Friday.
While Ibiza can only manage to top 18C - with Britain's Bank Holiday surge due to an 800 mile-wide Canary Islands heat plume.
A weather map shows hot air blowing to Britain from the Canary Islands, off the coast of Africa.
The dry south will see long sunny spells and even the north will see 21C, with sunshine and showers.
Highs ease to 22C on Sunday and 20C on Monday, with showers and more cloud in the south and north on both days.
The Met Office urged frustrated Brits to stay home amid fears of people meeting in parks and beaches and spreading coronavirus - on what is normally one of the biggest UK travel weekends of the year.
The Weather Outlook forecaster Brian Gaze said: “It looks like a very Good Friday. Highs up to 25C are forecast.
“Heat is blowing to the UK from the Canary Islands.”
Met Office forecaster Nicola Maxey said: “Easter will certainly start warm and dry for many with heat coming from Africa via the Atlantic.
“24C is possible on Thursday, Friday and Saturday. Sunday could see 22C, with up to 20C on Bank Holiday Monday.
“There will be long sunny spells for most on Friday and Saturday, but showers in the North will spread to the South from Sunday.
“Although temperatures will be above average, we urge people to remember Government guidelines and stay home,” she added.