Britain could see a record-breaking Easter weekend, with temperatures on track to break national records. Saturday looks sunny and pleasant with highs in the upper 60s to lower 70s.
Argos customers have been preparing for the hot weather, with sales of one air conditioning unit up 367% week-on-week.
A storm system will move in for early next week, bringing showers and isolated thunderstorms Monday with high temperatures in the upper 50s.
Meanwhile, northern parts could experience more unsettled weather. Misty everywhere tonight with fog developing in many areas.
It will be cloudier in Connacht and west and north Ulster with some misty conditions and patchy rain in places. Afternoon temperatures will range from 15 or 16 degrees in the northwest to between 17 and 22 degrees elsewhere.
Thursday afternoon high temperatures will be around 74 degrees.
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Rain chances continue into Monday, before we dry out for the middle of the workweek. Lows of 6 to 9 degrees.
Southern England and South Wales are set to wake up to some mist and fog, but that will burn away pretty quickly in the morning with the strong sunshine.
And tomorrow is predicted to be the hottest Easter Sunday in 178 years as a "Greek plume" sweeps the country.
The wind is expected to be weak to moderate, blowing from the east to southeast.
MONDAY: Latest indications suggest breezier generally on Monday especially on the west coast. A few spotty rain showers will be possible.
Met Office chief meteorologist Frank Saunders said: "We've already seen higher than average temperatures this week, with 19.4 Celsius reached yesterday (Wednesday 17th) in Kew Gardens, London".