UK May bank holiday could be the warmest since records began

Sunshine on the way

Greg Dewhurst, weather forecaster for the Met Office, said temperatures had climbed to 19C (66.2F) by 10am yesterday and there would be "wall-to-wall sunshine" across the county.

South-west England, Scotland and Northern Ireland will range from 19C to 22C - again, well above average for the time of the year.

Temperatures peaked on Sunday at 26C in Northolt in north-west London.

The weather in the county is expected to cool down further later this week, with highs of 14C (57.2F) and lows of 5C (41F) on Friday.

While it was hot in the North-East, it was positively sizzling elsewhere in the UK - Monday's high temperatures were predicted to soar to a sweltering 29C (84.2F) in parts of the South-East.

"This holiday was only introduced in 1978, some 40 years ago, but the record has stood for nearly 20 years when we saw 23.2C (73F) in 1999".

For the rest of bank holiday Monday, Powell said we are looking at a "fairly quiet evening", which is good news for those travelling home from their three-day weekend.

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The temperature has never topped the 28C mark since it was introduced.

We are set to see cooler temperatures on Tuesday, with the weather picture becoming more mixed as the month progresses.

A forecast on the Met Office website reads: "Bank Holiday Monday promises to be another very warm day, with plenty of sunshine".

Met Office forecaster Craig Snell said: 'I think we can safely say that's going to be beaten'.

Temperatures may be initially below normal, but will recover to close to average.

"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", he said.

"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".

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