22/05/2012 10:12 BST | Updated 22/05/2012 11:05 BST

UK Weather: Sunshine Marks Hottest Day Of The Year So Far

Could it finally be time to put your winter coat away? For what feels like the first time in months the sun is out, with Tuesday marking the hottest of the year so far.

After a cloudy morning, temperatures have hit 25C in the capital and 28C in Solent - with the Met Office saying it's set to get even hotter.

Britons basking in the sunshine on Tuesday might also be pleased to hear it's even hotter than Cannes, in the South of France, where the mercury sits at a miserable 17C.

The Met Office have even said those magic words "the weather will be mostly dry and warm with sunny spells this week."

Met Office Deputy Chief Forecaster Baden Hall said: "There will be variable amounts of cloud around so bright or sunny spells are most likely with any unbroken sunshine reserved for the coming weekend."