BRITS are set to bask in temperatures that could rise as high as the May record of 32.8C following the hottest day of the year so far.
Yesterday saw the mercury in Lossiemouth, Scotland, reach 29.4C with similar levels expected over this Bank Holiday weekend.
But it won’t be good weather for everyone as forecasters expect thundery conditions across several parts of the UK today and on Monday.
The Met Office said some areas in northern Wales, northern England and southern Scotland could see torrential rain and hail storms.
Steven Keats, from the forecasting office, said: “It’s going to start off very warm and humid before a quiet interlude for some of us tomorrow before things turn thundery by Monday.”
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He said they were expecting to see some more high temperatures today with 28C a possibility in London and highs of 30C on Scotland’s east coast.
He added: “We may not be far off 30C on the Moray coast, following hot on the heels of the 29.4C at Lossiemouth yesterday – the warmest day of the year so far.”
With regard to the expected bad weather, which is also going to hit Northern Ireland, he said: “There’s potential for some really torrential downpours, a lot of lightning, hail, you name it, it could have everything thrown in this afternoon.
“And there are warnings out for that, a yellow warning so far, and I would advise people to keep an eye on the Met Office website in case these change.”
The May temperature record was set on May 29, 1944 when a figure of 32.8C was recorded in three different locations – Horsham in West Sussex, Tunbridge Wells in Kent, and Regent’s Park in London.
Speaking earlier this week, Met Office forecaster Emma Sharples said: “There is a chance of a 32.8C May record temperature, with the low 30s possible on Friday and, most likely, Saturday.”
Tonight is likely to see outbreaks of occasionally thundery rain which will slowly disappear northwards overnight but could hang around in parts of the UK’s far north.
Elsewhere it will be dry with clear spells and the night will feel cooler than it has done in the last few days.
Tomorrow will see rain continue to slowly clear the Northern Isles of Scotland but elsewhere will be dry and bright with a fresher feel but further thundery showers could arrive from the south in the afternoon.
Bank Holiday Monday is due to see those showers push north meaning rain for much of Britain although there will be some relatively warm temperatures.
Sun-starved Brits were bathed in glorious sunshine yesterday with plenty taking to the country’s beaches and parks to make the most of the good weather.
Today the biggest dash to the coast since last summer will see Brighton inundated with 150,000 sunseekers, 70,000 at Bournemouth and 50,000 at Great Yarmouth.
Asda expects to sell 750,000 burgers and 350,000 sausages this weekend as punters dust off their barbecues.
And Tesco is set to shift 150,000 ice lollies, more than two million bottles of beer and 1.6 million bottles of wine.
The mini-heatwave is set to leave large swathes of the Mediterranean in the shade — and could even rival temperatures in the Caribbean.
It may also produce the hottest FA Cup Final on record today as Arsenal and Chelsea do battle.
Bookies William Hill has now trimmed the price of a temperature of 37.7C (100F) being recorded in the UK this year from 8/1 to 7/1.
It is also offering 12/1 that the hottest day of the year will be set this month.
Spokesman Rupert Adams said: “The gamble on 100F has come early this year and we will be sweating on the result should we have a heatwave.”
But the Met Office took the gloss off the good news by predicting a temperature slide of almost 10C and rain for Bank Holiday Monday.
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