The sun beamed down on racegoers on the final day of the Grand National today, with temperatures at their highest in years.

The mercury soared to 19°C and the crowds soaked up the sun鈥檚 rays, prompting some speculation it may have been the hottest Aintree on record.

But Lucy Verasamy, weather presenter on ITV News, tweeted that Grand National Day was actually the hottest day of racing at the racecourse since 2011.

Stunning weather and crowds for the Randox Health Grand National at Aintree in the sunshine.

Racegoers were delighted to see the clear blue skies today after grey clouds hovered above on both opening day and Ladies Day.

There were long queues for the drink stands, and many people lay on every spare spot of grass to make the most of the glorious sunshine.

The heatwave is expected to continue this weekend, with Liverpool likely to bake in the hottest weather of the year so far on Sunday.

The weather will reach 21°C on Sunday, making Merseyside hotter than one of the most popular getaway islands for some sun - Tenerife.

The Met Office has said the hot spell is down to a plume of warm air moving in from the continent.

People across Liverpool will be able to enjoy sunshine and warm temperatures just as hot as Nice in the south of France, Lanzarote and Aiya Napa.

A Met Office spokesman said: 鈥淚n many places temperatures are going to rise into the high teens or low twenties.

鈥淔or everyone where we get that sunshine it is going to be particularly strong and it often catches us out at this time of year, so do take care in that strong sunshine.?/p>