SCOTLAND is set for a final weekend of sunny skies and warm temperatures before more unsettled weather returns next week.
• Glasgow and Fort William to be hottest places in Scotland, with temperatures reaching 25C over weekend
• Temperatures expected to be cooler in the east, with unsettled weather expected to return after weekend
The Met Office predicted temperatures of up to 25C with the west expected to see the best conditions between Friday and Sunday.
Fort William and Glasgow will be the hottest places in Scotland, and although it will be cooler in the east, clear skies and light winds are expected, it said.
However, forecasters said that from Monday temperatures are likely to drop with some showers predicted.
Lindsay Mears, spokeswoman for Met Office, said: “Monday and Tuesday looks a little more unsettled with perhaps some showers, so people should enjoy the weekend while they can.”
The outlook is in contrast to London and the south-east which is bracing itself for a heatwave, with the mercury set to rise to more than 32C.
Officials sent out health warnings last night during the hottest spell of weather for seven years.
After five consecutive days of 30C-plus temperatures, the Met Office issued a “level-three heat health watch” for London and the south-east and advised “alertness and readiness” for those in the north-west and north-east of England.
Public health officials advised people to stay cool, drink lots of cold fluids and keep an eye on those they know to be at risk.
Heatwave plan leader Dr Angie Bone said: “In this continued hot weather, it’s important to remember that high temperatures can be dangerous, especially for people who may be vulnerable such as older people, young children and those with serious illnesses.”
VisitScotland has said that the recent good weather is thought to have encouraged holidaymakers to take trips around Scotland instead of heading abroad.
Chairman Mike Cantlay said: “The recent fantastic weather has offered a tremendous tonic for Scotland’s tourism industry after two less than ideal summers.
“With the glorious scenes at Castle Stuart for the Scottish Open and this week’s Open Championship at Muirfield being thrust into the homes of millions around the globe, the weather is acting as the perfect background to promote our wonderful country.”
Friday: Bright and sunny across the country, with a little cloud in the north-east. Temperatures of 23C-25C in Glasgow, 20C in Edinburgh and 24C in Fort William.
Saturday: Sunny in the west with some cloud in the east. Temperatures of 16C in Aberdeen, 20C in Edinburgh and 25C in Glasgow.
Sunday: Cloudier with sunny intervals in most parts, with temps in the high-teens or low-20s.