IT IS the first weekend of the UEFA European Football Championship and could we ask for any better weather? 

Whether you're a football fan or not, today's forecast will give you something to smile about as the weather is starting to heat up with highs of 23C. 

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Here is your hour-by-hour guide for the weather in the Bournemouth area today (obviously subject to change): 

Bournemouth Echo:

The Met Office forecast for today, June 12.

Saturday, June 12:

10am - 19C sunny

11am - 20C sunny

Midday - 21C sunny with some cloud

1pm - 22C sunny with some cloud

2pm - 22C sunny

3pm - 22C sunny

4pm - 23C sunny

5pm - 23C sunny with some cloud

6pm - 22C sunny with some cloud

7pm - 21C sunny

8pm - 21C sunny

9pm - 20C clear skies

10pm - 18C clear skies

11pm - 17C partly cloudy

Forecaster Bournemouth and Poole Weather has said that low cloud hanging around in the morning should burn off quickly with top temperatures of 22-24C. 

With sea temperatures still around 13-14C it should be nice enough to even take a dip, if you feel brave enough. 

Wall to wall sunshine is expected throughout the weekend, UV and pollen levels will remain high so be sure to take all relevant precautions when out and about enjoying this glorious weather. 

What are your plans this weekend? Let us know in the comments.