The UK was hit with the hottest April day since 1949 on Thursday and the sun is expected to beam down on Britain again.
Temperatures are expected to reach 27C in the south-east, nearly 10C warmer than the average for this time of the year.
According to the latest UK weather chart, the south-east appears to be expected the warmest weather, with the north expecting slightly cooler temperatures.
BBC weather forecaster Simon King said: “It won’t be quite as hot as yesterday but it’s still a warm/very warm day for most of us with sunshine.”
Some forecasters have warned the UK could be battered by thunderstorms as the tropical weather gradually moves away from Britain over the weekend and into next week.
BBC weather forecaster Helen Willetts said: “It’s beautiful out there for most of us, a little bit of patchy fog across south-west England and Wales at the moment, that’s lifting. We’ll see a lot of sunshine generally in England and Wales is going to be a straightforward day.
“Dry, settled, sunny, light winds. The winds have changed direction just a tad and now pushing off the Atlantic so for many areas it won’t be quite as hot as yesterday but we’re still likely to see highs of 20 to 22C and in the south-east corner we’re still likely to get even higher, 27 or 28C not out of the question again.
“For Scotland and Northern Ireland a little more cloud but it should thin and break in places allowing some sunshine and still temperatures peaking at around 20C. Let’s move on to the weekend because Saturday looks likely to be another promising day for many us.
“A lot of dry, sunny weather to start with. There will be a little more cloud as we go through the day and certainly through Northern Ireland and north-west England and Scotland we’ll see a little more cloud and some outbreaks of rain.
“There is a potential across England and Wales for a few thunderstorms to break out through the later stages of the afternoon.
“Temperatures will peak around 20 to 24C. There’s a great deal of uncertainty about East Anglia so you need to keep listening to the forecasts but if you’re planning any outdoor activities, dare I say even barbecues related, il looks as if we could see some sharp showers.”
The Met Office also forecast a “warm day for most” on Friday and claim “thundery showers” could crash into Britain on Saturday.
Their forecast for Saturday reads: “A sunny day for most once early fog has cleared, although misty low cloud will affect some western and eastern coasts. Isolated thundery showers will spread northeastwards during the afternoon.”
Bookmaker Ladbrokes has even slashed odds on this summer to be the warmest on record to 2/1 after the recent heatwave in the UK.
Jessica Bridge of Ladbrokes said: “It looks like we’ve skipped Spring altogether and have gone straight into Summer. The first sight of sunshine has got Brits reaching to their wallet on the likelihood of summer being a record-breaker.”
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