Summer has FINALLY arrived ...

Britain is basking in sizzling temperatures as high at 77F (25C) today - making it the hottest day of the year so far.

A 1,500-mile wide front of hot air branded as the 'blowtorch' will reportedly see the hottest April day in a decade before heating up later on in the week.   

Temperatures are to rise 55F (13C) above the average for this time of year - and the Met Office has confirmed that today's predicted 77F in the South East will make it the warmest day of 2018 so far.

St James's Park in London and Gravesend in Kent both recorded the highest temperatures of the year so far, hitting as high as 24.8C today. 

The average temperature in the south east of England was a toasty 24C - the same as Madrid. In comparison, Rome and Athens reached just 22C.

It was not just London which enjoyed hotter than average temperatures for this time of year, with Plymouth recording 21.2C and Cardiff at 21.8C.

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