It's official - time to get out the sunglasses, stir the Pimms, and open up the parasol.
Ironically, the very year Wimbledon unveils its long-awaited retractable centre court roof, the Met Office has offered a very strong ray of hope to those somewhat traumatised by the last two wetter-than-usual summers.
This year's long-range forecast is "odds on for a barbecue summer", with temperatures likely to be warmer than average and rainfall near or below average.
So, what better opportunity to book your summer holiday at a Best Loved hotel? Take a walking break through scenic landscapes, schedule some wholesome outdoor pursuits, dine al fresco, take the family on a seaside getaway ...there are so many ways to make your summer sizzle.
And although we can't quite guarantee the weather, we can guarantee you the best current deals and special offers from our list of magnificent places to stay throughout Britain and Ireland.