Hottest Bank Holiday Monday in 40 years

Saul Bowman
May 8, 2018

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

The early May Bank Holiday will be very warm and sunny for many before a change to fresher conditions and the chance of showers arrives for the rest of the week.

Record-breaking temperatures have been reported as people across the United Kingdom enjoy a sizzling bank holiday Monday.

Today, temperatures are expected to peak at about 20C (68F) in the county.

Temperatures are expected to soar to 28C in parts of England as the three-day weekend draws to a close.

Looking at the long-range forecast - not as accurate as the shorter range forecast - Met Office forecaster Charlie Powell said: "It looks like we should be prepared for some pretty changeable weather throughout the second half of May".

Scots managed to enjoy some well-deserved sun as temperatures soared over the bank holiday weekend.


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".

"However, in north west Wales there is still a lot of cloud and sea fog, Aberdaron is low as 9.5C so not everyone in the United Kingdom is having a warm day".

"But I think we can expect things to be not as warm as they are now".

The places most likely to feel the heat are the South East, East Anglia and the Midlands.

SCOTS reached for bottles of Factor 50 yesterday - with today predicted to become a Bank Holiday sun-day.

Leading bookmaker Coral is slashed odds to 10-11 that this month ends as the hottest May on record in the UK.

Sunday saw highs of 26C in Heathrow, and Scotland and Northern Ireland had their hottest day of the year so far, with Edinburgh recording temperatures of 22.3C and Katesbridge 21C.

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