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Britain will be hotter than California over the coming bank holiday weekend.
It marks the start of a 10-day sizzler, with temperatures set to soar as high as 27C.
And it will spark the biggest beach rush in 10 months.
Even the north will see 23C – compared to 20C in Malibu, California, the home of TV’s Baywatch and beach babe Pamela Anderson.
Met Office forecaster Marco Petagna said: “A long-awaited improvement will see fine conditions for the bank holiday weekend, with more sunshine and higher temperatures.
“We could tap into a very warm southerly airstream next week, with certainly the low-to-mid 20s for many, and perhaps the upper 20s in the south.”
Some 50,000 visitors are expected tomorrow at Brighton beach, with 30,000 expected to head to Bournemouth and 25,000 at Blackpool.
And 11 million day-trippers will hit the roads, the RAC says, with jams due on routes to the northern and southern towns.
Oli Claydon, of the Met Office, added: “There’s a slow progression towards warmer and drier weather.”
Next week, most parts of the UK will continue to see glorious weather.
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Temperatures could potentially rise to 25C on Thursday in the capital, according to the BBC Weather forecast.
Up until last Saturday, the UK had recorded an average of 109.3mm of rainfall – 157% of the historic average for the month.
It made it the 10th wettest May on record, according to Met Office figures.
Its long-range forecast predicts warm, settled conditions up to June 9.
Experts have predicted a “good deal” of dry weather across the country.
However, outbreaks of rain could occur in the north west of the UK art the start of next week.
Millions of people are set to Brit beaches to make the most of the conditions.
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Gareth Morrison, the RNLI’s head of water safety, earlier warned: “We are expecting this summer to be the busiest ever for our lifeguards and volunteer lifeboat crews.
"This is very concerning.
"Our main advice is to visit a lifeguarded beach and swim between the red and yellow flags.”
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