Temperatures to soar to 79F to finish record-breaking Easter weekend but thunderstorms on their way

Mail Online | 4/22/2019 | Joe Middleton For Mailonline;Richard Marsden for the Daily Mail
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Forecasters believe today could be the hottest Easter Monday on record, as the Bank Holiday heatwave continues.

Brits have been flocking to the coast to take advantage of the sizzling temperatures at the weekend, and it's set to be another scorching day on Monday with temperatures of up to 26C (79F) expected in southern England.

Easter - Monday - Record - Hampshire - Weather

The current Easter Monday record is 24C (75F), set in Hampshire in 2011. However, the weather is set to break down with thunderstorms and possible flooding on Wednesday.

Yesterday fell short of the record for the warmest Easter Sunday since records began in 1910.

Temperature - England - Yesterday - Afternoon - Wisley

The highest temperature in England yesterday afternoon was 25C (77F) recorded at Wisley in Surrey, just short of the 25.3C (77.54F) record.

The warm conditions are set to last until Wednesday although the sunshine is likely to be hazier in the South today and there is the chance of showers in the South West.

Devizes - Westminster - Canoe - Marathon - Easter

The Devizes to Westminster canoe marathon, a gruelling 125-mile Easter challenge that tests competitors’ physical and mental stamina to the limit, took place over the sweltering weekend.

But this year, those taking part in the three-day race had a new lively obstacle to deal with – an irate swan.

Bird - Hundreds - Entrants - Water

The bird became spectacularly enraged when the hundreds of entrants began paddling through its territory – dive-bombing them and even knocking some into the water.

It also managed to land on the backs of some kayaks, making them capsize.

Peter - Strong - Images - Swan - Attack

Peter Strong captured these images as the angry swan launched attack after attack on a stretch of canal in Marden, Wiltshire. The retired IT worker said: ‘I saw about ten boats pass, the swan went for each of them. Apparently if you are aggressive towards it then it stays away.

Most of the canoeists in the Wiltshire to London race managed to escape unscathed, but some weren’t...
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