Scotland Weather: Met Office says Bank holiday likely to be hottest day of the year so far

Scots are set to enjoy the warmest weather of the year so far this bank holiday, with temperatures in most parts of the country set to reach the low 20s on Monday.

People have flocked to parks, beaches and pub gardens to enjoy the sunshine over the long weekend, after weeks stuck indoors due to a combination of heavy downpours and Covid-19 restrictions.

Forecasters at the Met Office warned people to slap on plenty of sun cream as UV light levels are likely to be high or very high.

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Becky Mitchell, a meteorologist from the Met Office, said Monday could be the UK’s hottest day of the year.

The previous high of 24.5C (76.1F) was recorded on March 30 at Kew Gardens.

“We will see highs of 24C (75.2F), most likely in parts of Wales and the Midlands and in north-west England as well on Sunday, it’s likely we could get to 24.5C (76.1F),” Ms Mitchell explained.

“We are expecting highs of 25C (77F) tomorrow, so the warmest day of the year so far, and both today and tomorrow we will see temperatures in the low 20s in most parts of the UK, even in northern Scotland.”

She continued: “The only exception is along the east coast – there is quite a lot of low cloud, mist and fog in east coastal areas and that will stay for the next few days , so highs of between 12C (53.6F) and 16C (60.8F) there – quite a lot lower than elsewhere.”

Scots are set to enjoy the warmest weather of the year so far this bank holiday, with temperatures in most parts of the country set to reach the low 20s on Monday.

Ms Mitchell said many places in the South East including London had dawned cloudy on Sunday morning, but that had mostly cleared away by mid-morning.

Although a fine bank holiday is a rarity, in themselves the temperatures are not unusual for the time of year, with the mercury usually sitting in the high teens and low 20s by late May.

Ms Mitchell said: “That could go up to 27C (80.6F) in one or two spots by Wednesday, that is pretty warm for the time of year but not record breaking and not exceptional.”

May was the fourth wettest on record for the UK, and the wettest ever for Wales.

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