Brits are set to enjoy a blast of warmth this week with temperatures hotter than Crete before a bank holiday heatwave reaching up to 32C.
Sunny spells and highs of 15C have been predicted for the UK this weekend while the Greek island will see rain and highs of 13C.
But the next few days are only a warm-up for the bank holiday, when a scorching 32C is forecast in parts of England and Wales.
Weather experts have said a climate pattern called La Nina is behind the sudden surge in temperatures.
The warm break after a chilly start to April brings a wave of optimism as Brits step out to enjoy eased lockdown restrictions.
Blue skies are set to stay clear for most of the UK with only a few scattered showers predicted for the southeast midweek.
Chilly breezes along the North Sea coasts and mild wind in the southwest may sweep in but temperatures are set to stay warm throughout in the south.
Chilly start with hazy sunshine for most, perhaps some patchy low cloud along North Sea coasts of Scotland and northeast England. Warm across western areas, but feeling cooler in the east.
A touch of frost set to creep in during the early hours with skies staying mostly clear. A cold, dry night for most.
Breezy and fine with bursts of sunshine for most though not quite as warm as Friday and Saturday for most of England and Wales.
Outlook for Monday to Wednesday:
Staying fine in the south and a little cloudier in the east, but turning more unsettled elsewhere with scattered showers spreading southeast.