The Easter sunny looks set to deliver a record 26C this Sunday as the spring heatwave burns on.
Experts predict it will be notched just outside London – beating the 25.3C set in the Solent, Hampshire, in 2011.
As we benefit from an 880-mile gust of hot air from across the Mediterranean, conditions were warmer yesterday than in some parts of Spain, Portugal and Greece.
In London, Bristol and southern England, the mercury nudged 23C.
Supermarkets braced themselves for a barbecue rush with Asda expecting to sell 750,000 burgers and 350,000 sausages, while Sainsbury’s predicted ice lolly sales would quadruple.
The Met Office ’s Frank Saunders said: “It’s going to feel warm or very warm across much of the country this Easter weekend.”
But Brits who banked on better weather in chilly Majorca found themselves slipping on winter jumpers and coats.
Liz Tighe, from Winchester, is at the Sol Katmandu Park & Resort in Magaluf with kids Ella, 10 and Ollie, seven.
She said: “We came for some Easter sun but it’s so chilly we’re wearing our winter jumpers.
“The pools are empty, there are queues at the bus stops to get out of the resort and we are stuck inside wishing we were back home.”
Car parks at the seaside resort of Bournemouth were full and hotels booked out. By midday yesterday, the authority reported 182 deckchairs had been hired out, with 5,000 sun worshippers already on the sand.
An estimated 50,000 will visit Bournemouth beach over the weekend.
But with so many venturing out to enjoy the weather, there was chaos on the roads.
Traffic jams on coastal routes included the A23 to Brighton, A31 to Dorset, A30 to Cornwall and M55 to Blackpool.
The RAC has predicted that 12 million of us will jump in our cars over the four-day break and Highways England advised taking extra refreshments in case of getting caught in traffic jams in the heat.
The average temperature in April is 11.4C but changes to the jet stream, which usually brings weather from the west, have sparked our heatwave.
William Hill has slashed the odds of topping the Easter weekend record of 27.8C, set on Holy Saturday in 2011 at Wisley, Surrey, from 8/1 to 5/1.
Spokesman Rupert Adams said: “There is a real chance we could see records tumble.”