Scorchio! Temperatures soar to break May bank holiday record

Thunderstorms on the way after record-breaking bank holiday heat

"The peak this weekend will be Monday where somewhere in the south of England will hit 27C or 28C which will mean it will be the hottest May Day Bank Holiday Monday on record, and as that was 23.6C then it should easily be reached".

Temperatures are predicted to reach as high as 29 degrees Celsius in some parts of England.

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

The hottest Bank Holiday weekend ever was in 1995, when temperatures peaked on the Saturday at 28.6C (83.5F).

"In fact, there's a 30% chance of some sheltered spots actually registering 28C (82.4F) or 29C (84.2F) on Monday which would be a very firm victory".

She said: "In the sunshine, there will be a lot of it, highs widely between 24C and 26C".

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

Low cloud, mist and sea fog is affecting the northern coast of Devon and Cornwall. "Cloudier over Northern Ireland and Scotland with some patchy light rain at times".

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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 I think we can expect things to be not as warm as they are now, but also not as dry as they are now", he said.

He said: 'It should be a relatively easy journey in terms of the impacts from weather'.

He said: "Swathes of Britain are about to enjoy a warm and settled Bank Holiday weekend".

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

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

The record highest temperature for May is 32.8C (91F), which was recorded in 1922 and 1944.

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