Bank Holiday Monday weather to break records, with 27C forecast

This is what things should look like on Saturday at noon...                     Image Met Éireann

The mercury could hit 28C as people round off their three-day weekend - making it the hottest in almost two decades.

We are being told to expect warm weather for the long weekend - but not much sunshine.

Cooler and wetter weather is expected in July before a possibly record-breaking heatwave in August.

"Along the west coast may be a little bit murky at times because there is weak weather fronts hanging around there and they might give a bit of misty weather there".

"We could see temperatures approaching the mid 30Cs across the southern half of the country".

Today is predicted to be the warmest May bank holiday Monday since the holiday was introduced in 1978.

Anthony Smith, chief executive of the independent watchdog Transport Focus, said: "Passengers will rightly be frustrated to find they can't travel on the bank holiday weekend".

The hottest temperature over the three-day weekend was in 1995 when highs peaked at 28.6ºC on the Saturday, though it is likely that Britain will just fall short of that.

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Met Office forecaster Craig Snell said the south-east, East Anglia and the East Midlands will feel the heat most.

Mr Snell said: "It looks likely we'll at least see our warmest Bank Holiday Monday on record on Monday".

On Sunday, the mercury hit 22.3C in Edinburgh and 20.8C in Katesbridge in County Down - making for the hottest day of 2018 in Scotland and Northern Ireland.

"It has just reached 24.7C in Gosport in Hampshire beating the previous record set back in 1999".

The average daytime high for the month of May is around 17C.

She said: "It could beat that (28.6C) for the Monday in which case it would be the hottest ever early Spring bank holiday weekend".

Until now, the mercury has never risen beyond the 28C mark on the Monday of the early May Bank Holiday.

'There is an outside chance the highest temperature recorded last month could be beaten'.

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