07/06/2013 05:59 BST | Updated 07/06/2013 06:47 BST

UK Weather: Britain To Bask In Summer Sunshine This Weekend (PICTURES)

Baking Britain will continue basking in beautiful weather this weekend.

Temperatures are expected to remain high after Thursday's hottest day of the year which sent the mercury soaring to 25C (77F) in Lee-on-Solent, Hampshire, and 22.4C (72.8F) in Glasgow.

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After one of the coldest springs on record, sunshine is spreading across Britain this weekend

Though much of the South East got off to a wet start on Friday with thundery showers, forecasters said it would still be another scorcher.

And the holiday conditions are expected to last this weekend.

Billy Payne, forecaster with MeteoGroup, the Press Association's weather division, said: "Today's temperatures should be similar to yesterday.

"There were a number of thundery showers in the South this morning, with warm air coming from France and across southern England.

"A few of these showers will last into the afternoon, mainly around the south coast but they could creep further inland.

"We should see up to 23C today (73.4F) with the highest temperature probably in the south of England, Wales and into the Midlands, but the temperature will creep into the low 20s in Northern Ireland and the North West too.

"But it is likely to fall just short of yesterday's high.

"The weekend might see some low cloud in the East which might take a while to move."

And the sun is set to stay out at the beginning of next week too before it becomes more unsettled.

But the bad news for hayfever sufferers is they can expect a high pollen count to contend with over the next few days.