May bank holiday set to be hottest on record

Tonya Becker
May 7, 2018

Referring to the day of the eagerly anticipated wedding, Mr Powell added: "We've got this idea that there could be some warmer spells, most likely across the south and east of England, so at least that bodes well for wedding locations and things like that".

The record since the bank holiday was introduced in 1978 is 23.6C, and the record for the whole of the weekend is 28.6C.

The South East can expect the highest temperatures, while Wales and Scotland will also see those in the mid to high 70s.

But Brits will enjoy a mini-heatwave this weekend.

And according to forecasts, today could be even warmer.

The current record for the warmest early May Bank Holiday Monday was May 1, 1995, when 83.4F (28.6C) was recorded in Cheltenham, Gloucestershire.

But forecasters warn the warm sunshine will lead to higher than normal levels of UV radiation, meaning a risk of sunburn.

Met Office forecaster Gregg Dewhurst told "We're looking at highs of 28C, possibly even 29C".

The Met Office said it was "almost guaranteed" to be the hottest early May Bank Holiday Monday since 1999.

'Temperatures look set to build day by day, reaching the low 20s (70s Fahrenheit) by Saturday, perhaps a maximum of 25C (77F) on Sunday and 27 to 28C (81 to 82F) on Monday.

The record highest temperature for May is 32.8C which was recorded in 1922 and 1944.

However, it will feel cooler in coastal areas as a southeasterly breeze develops.

On Monday, temperatures are expected to hit 27C across some parts of the UK.

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.

The return to warm and sunny weather follows very wet weather in southern and eastern England earlier this week.

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