Could this be the hottest Mayday since records began?

08 May, 2018, 02:03 | Author: Kristine Mills
  • Revellers soak up the sun over the bank holiday weekend

The long bank holiday weekend in early May has never been this warm since its introduction back in 1978.

More important than that is the that dear old Blighty is boasting conditions more reminiscent of foreign climes - with the United Kingdom basking in temperatures hotter than Madrid, Athens and Miami.

"The figure we'd be chasing here would be 28.6C (83.5F) so we've got about a 30% chance of equalling an old record or setting a new one".

On the first official May Bank Holiday in 1999 the thermometer peaked at 23.6C, and before that, in 1995, we hit 28.6C, - with it touch and go whether we will sizzle above that.

"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". PA Wire/PA Images Sunbathers Ruan Opperman and Harriet Curry in Regent's Park, London.

He said: "Average temperatures should be about 15C (59F) so they are about 10C (50F) above average for this time of year".

"So it doesn't look like it's going to carry on in a similar kind of vein to high pressure in charge, sunshine, light winds, high temperatures, that we have now".

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Met Office forecaster Craig Snell told Metro: "So far today, London and the south east is getting the hottest temperatures in the UK".

"Patchy fog and low cloud may affect some western coasts, where cooler".

Temperatures are expected to cool slightly from Tuesday as the warm jet stream moves diagonally south east across the United Kingdom and is replaced by cooler air.

The county saw snow and ice less than two months ago but shorts and T-shirts were being dug out from the back of drawers yesterday as people looked to make the most of the warm weather.

But forecasters warned the heatwave is not set to last, with the weather for the rest of the month described as "changeable".

He said temperatures will generally be above normal, but this will depend on whether it is a sunny day or a sunny wetter day.

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