Britain is on course for hotter weather than Spain and Greece this week - only three weeks after the most miserable April on record.
Temperatures could soar to 26C (78.8F) in some parts, beating the UK's hottest day of 2012 so far by three degrees.
The Met Office said Britain could see higher temperatures than Mediterranean sunspot Majorca and Greek holiday island Corfu, where the mercury is only expected to reach 24C.
The hotter weather will come as a relief to many after Britain saw the wettest April since records began in 1910.
The month ended with 36 flood warnings in place across England and Wales, and May did not start much better.
Already this month, there has been snow in County Durham and Wolverhampton.
Londoners have been pelted with hail, and heavy rain has flooded Cambridgeshire roads.
Note: My photo shows the 'London Beach', near Tower Bridge, on a hot summer's day in the 1950s, when I was a teenager.em>