Brits to bask in 32C heat on warmest May Bank holiday on record

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.

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Beachgoer Clare Pye enjoying the warm weather on Great Yarmouth beach in Norfolk today

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Lightning strikes over Poole harbour in Dorset early this morning as weather turns stormy
Lightning strikes Plymouth as forecasters point to stormy weekend

How forecasters predict the weather to be shaping up over the May Bank Holiday

How forecasters predict the weather to be shaping up over the May Bank Holiday

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A bright start to today in the Derbyshire Peak District but torrential rain is expected this weekend

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The Peak District this morning but forecasters said there could hail storms in the north
Thunderstorms and hot weather expected for the UK this bank holiday

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.”


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.

Beach-goer enjoys a paddle with her pooch at Helen's Bay on the shores of Belfast Lough

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Beach-goer enjoys a paddle with her pooch at Helen’s Bay on the shores of Belfast Lough

On a sweltering Friday morning a woman in Beachlands, Hayling Island, relaxes by the sea

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On a sweltering Friday morning a woman in Beachlands, Hayling Island, relaxes by the sea

Sunbathers enjoy the warm weather on Brighton Beach

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Sunbathers enjoy the warm weather on Brighton Beach

Bikini-clad women make the most of the warm weather

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Bikini-clad women make the most of the warm weather

“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.

A youngster runs along the beach during the hottest day of the year yesterday

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A youngster runs along the beach during the hottest day of the year yesterday

People enjoy the stunning view of Canary Wharf from Greenwich Park observatory today, which is the hottest day of the year

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People enjoy the stunning view of Canary Wharf from Greenwich Park observatory

People bask in the sunshine at Warleigh Weir, in the River Avon

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People bask in the sunshine at Warleigh Weir, in the River Avon

Weymouth beach begins to fill up as beach goers settle under a clear blue sky this morning

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Weymouth beach begins to fill up as beach-goers settle under a clear blue sky this morning

Mist begins to break up today around the farmsteads of Upper Teesdale in the North Pennines

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Mist begins to break up today around the farmsteads of Upper Teesdale in the North Pennines

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.

A beautiful sunrise lights up the canal boats moored on Rufford Marina in Lancashire this morning

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A beautiful sunrise lights up the canal boats moored on Rufford Marina in Lancashire this morning

People enjoy the sunshine today by the beach huts on Blyth Beach in Northumberland

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People enjoy the sunshine today by the beach huts on Blyth Beach in Northumberland

Benji Waite, three, cools down with an ice-cream at Paultons Park near Southampton on Friday

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Benji Waite, three, cools down with an ice-cream at Paultons Park near Southampton on Friday

A dog walker takes two pooches for a stroll on the beach in the sun in Merseyside

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A dog walker takes two pooches for a stroll on the beach in the sun in Merseyside

People enjoy the warm weather on Brighton Beach, East Sussex on Friday

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People enjoy the warm weather on Brighton Beach, East Sussex on Friday

A couple enjoy some early morning sunbathing on Brighton beach

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A couple enjoy some early morning sunbathing on Brighton beach

The sun rose like a fireball over Roker lighthouse in Sunderland

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The sun rose like a fireball over Roker lighthouse in Sunderland

Green Park crowded on Thursday as people flocked to the park to catch some rays

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Green Park crowded on Thursday as people flocked to the park to catch some rays

Visitors eat ice lollies as they walk through the grounds of the Chelsea Flower Show on Thursday

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Visitors eat ice lollies as they walk through the grounds of the Chelsea Flower Show on Thursday

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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