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Forecasters are predicting Sheffield will experience some of the hottest days of the year so far this weekend.

After a bright start to this week, it is expected to cloud over with temperatures dropping slightly today - only for the city to hit highs of up to 21°C on Friday and Saturday.

04/06/13 'Pictured is little four-year-old Eve Heppenstall from Sheffield playing in the city centre fountains in the Peace Gardens on one of the hottest days of the summer.. '''rossparry.co.uk / Tom Maddick

04/06/13 'Pictured is little four-year-old Eve Heppenstall from Sheffield playing in the city centre fountains in the Peace Gardens on one of the hottest days of the summer.. '''rossparry.co.uk / Tom Maddick

Meteogroup weather forecaster Nick Peddle told The Star: “I’d be surprised if Sheffield doesn’t get the hottest days of the year so far this weekend.”

Sheffielders have already been taking advantage of the cheery change in conditions after weeks of unsettled weather.

Jean Harland, aged 70, took granddaughter Hollie, 21, and great-grandson Lloyd Junior, three, to the Peace Gardens to bask in the city centre sunshine yesterday.

“I live in Dronfield but we decided to come here to let Lloyd have a splash about in the water,” she said.

“It has been such a miserable year so far that it was about time we got some nice sunshine to enjoy.”

Student Dan Johnson, 19, was at home preparing for his final exams of the year later this week but decided to sit outside instead.

“It’s better than being stuck inside and you don’t get many nice days like this in a year,” he said.

Chris Walker, 40, visiting Sheffield for the day, said: “It’s a really nice day to sit outside and enjoy your lunch.”

The Star’s fans on Facebook have also been enjoying the sun.

Gaz Saqladi wrote: “I’ve been on a barge on the river between Kilnhurst Lock and Swinton. Could be in a different world, really nice.”

Helen Louise Hardy posted: “Sat in the garden with my daughter playing and have the paddling pool out. Beautiful blue sky.”

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