Thursday, 24 May, 2018

Bank Holiday Monday looks set to be another scorcher

Record Bank Holiday Monday temperatures expected in Scotland Revellers soak up the sun over the bank holiday weekend
Rosie Leonard | 07 May, 2018, 15:03

Temperatures are expected to reach 79F (26C) today and could hit as high as 84F (28C) on Monday, making it the hottest early May holiday since it was introduced in 1978.

"The best of the sunshine and the highest temperatures are expected across England and Wales away from the coast and for Bank Holiday Monday itself it is likely that temperatures could be record-breaking".

Anthony Smith, chief executive of the independent watchdog Transport Focus, said: "Passengers will rightly be frustrated to find they can't travel on the bank holiday weekend".

It will be a fine evening, with plenty of warm sunshine.

The current record for the warmest early May Bank Holiday Monday was May 1, 1995, when 83.4F (28.6C) was recorded in Cheltenham, Gloucestershire.

The forecaster also indicated high UV and pollen levels for the region.

'Temperatures look set to build day by day, reaching the low 20s (70s Fahrenheit) by Saturday, perhaps a maximum of 25C (77F) on Sunday and 27 to 28C (81 to 82F) on Monday.

Martin Bowles of the Met Office said: "Scotland won't be as warm as down south, where we expect 28C (82F) in London or the south midlands, in places like Northampton".

The record highest temperature for May is 32.8C which was recorded in 1922 and 1944.

Bank Holiday Monday is forecast to be the hottest since records began.

The north and west are likely to see strong winds and spells of rain at times during the week, with a risk of thunderstorms in the south over the weekend.

Miss Yeomans said the warm and sunny weather forecast for southern Britain is a reversal of conditions in early May previous year.

Temperatures will reach between 16 and 18 degrees in most parts of the county, although it will be cooler near coasts.

The return to warm and sunny weather follows very wet weather in southern and eastern England earlier this week.

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