Scorchio! Temperatures soar to break May bank holiday record

Casey Dawson
May 8, 2018

After temperatures reached 26C yesterday, the mercury could hit 29C today, breaking the record for the early May bank holiday Monday, and could set a new high for the whole weekend.

The BBC weather forecaster added temperatures could rocket to 29C in west London.

"It will be cooler around the south east in the mid to high twenties".

The May Bank Holiday was introduced in 1978 and the temperature has never topped 28C.

Bank Holiday Monday in 1999 was 23.6C (74.48F), while the hottest bank holiday weekend ever was in 1995 when temperatures peaked on the Saturday at 28.6C (83.48F).

Scotland wasn't the only part of the United Kingdom to benefit from blue skies, with temperatures reaching 20.8C in Katesbridge, Northern Ireland, 23.6C at Powys in Wales and 25.6C in London.

We are set to see cooler temperatures on Tuesday, with the weather picture becoming more mixed as the month progresses.

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Andy Page, Chief Meteorologist at the Met Office said: "We can't promise wall to wall sunshine for everyone this Bank Holiday weekend, however, it's looking like most of us will get some prolonged warm sunshine".

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Looking at the long range forecast, which is not as accurate as the short range one, Mr Powell said: "It looks like we should be prepared for some pretty changeable weather throughout the second half of May".

Temperatures may be initially below normal, but will recover to close to average.

Met Office forecaster Craig Snell said: 'I think we can safely say that's going to be beaten'.

"Neither does it look like it's going to be a complete washout, frightful end to the month of May".

"If we see things really warm up it's likely to mean millions more cars on the road, which is bound to cause queues on popular routes".

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