Britain as hot as BARBADOS today in sizzling May bank holiday

Fire up the barbecue! Britain will sizzle in the hottest May Bank Holiday Monday ever as temperatures soar to record-breaking 82F – as hot as Barbados

  • The UK is set to sizzle today, as temperatures are expected to reach 82F (28C)
  • The forecast is hotter than scorching destinations such as Barbados, Ibiza, Hawaii, Sydney and Los Angeles
  • The Met Office said the Bank Holiday is set to be the warmest on record since it was introduced in 1978 
  • But showers and strong winds are expected to return next week with a risk of thunderstorms at the weekend 
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The UK is set to sizzle today and temperatures are expected to reach 82F (28C), making it the hottest May Bank Holiday Monday since it was introduced in 1978.

The sun-drenched forecast is hotter than scorching destinations such as Barbados, Ibiza, Hawaii, Sydney and Los Angeles.

The South East can expect the highest temperatures, while Wales and Scotland will also enjoy warm weather in the mid to high 70s (23C).

But the forecast won’t stay sunny for long, as rain and thunderstorms are expected to hit by the end of the week.

The brief spell of summer weather is due to hot air coming in from 86F (30C) southern Russia, leading meteorologists to dub the heatwave the ‘Roast from Russia’.

People on Brighton Beach in East Sussex as the Bank Holiday Monday is forecast to be the hottest since records began

The UK is set to sizzle today, as the ‘Roast from Russia’ turns up the heat and temperatures are expected to reach between 82F (28C)

The forecast won’t stay sunny for long, as rain and thunderstorms are expected to hit by the end of the week. Pictured: A woman jogging on the Brighton seafront on Monday morning

People took to social media to share photos of the sunny day and Geography Fieldwork tweeted: ‘Happy bank holiday from #Southwold’ 

The South East can expect the highest temperatures, while Wales and Scotland will also enjoy warm weather in the mid to high 70s (23C)

The sun rises behind and above the Silver Jubilee Bridge (Runcorn Bridge) and Mersey Gateway between Runcorn and Widnes over the River Mersey, Cheshire on Monday 


The sun-drenched forecast is hotter than scorching destinations such as Barbados, Ibiza, Hawaii, Sydney and Los Angeles

The hot day in England comes as people round off their three-day weekend – making it the hottest Bank Holiday Monday in 40 years.

The May Bank Holiday was introduced in 1978 and the temperature has never topped the 82F (28C) mark.

The record for the early May Bank Holiday Monday is 74.5F (23C), set in 1999 in Martyr Worthy, Hants, and Worcester and Malden, both Worcs. 

The hottest bank holiday weekend ever was in 1995 when temperatures peaked on the Saturday at 83F (28.6C).

The South East, East Anglia and the Midlands will feel the heat most today. 

The Met Office warned that those would with hay fever could have a gloomy day because tree pollen levels would be moderate to high for many.  

Tuesday will remain warm before temperatures ease and showers begin to hit the UK during the week. By Friday some longer spells of rain may arrive into the west, while heavy showers may hit the South East.

The north and west are likely to see strong winds and spells of rain at times during the week, with a risk of thunderstorms in the south over the weekend.

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

The hot day in England comes as people round off their three-day weekend – making it the hottest Bank Holiday Monday in 40 years. Pictured: A swimmer in the sea off on Brighton Beach in East Sussex 

Sunrise at Chesterton Windmill, Lemington Spa, on Monday. The early May bank holiday is expected to break high temperature records

The brief spell of summer weather is due to hot air coming in from 86F (30C) southern Russia, leading meteorologists to dub the heatwave the ‘Roast from Russia’

Bournemouth beach was packed with people in deckchairs and lying on blankets on a warm Bank Holiday weekend

Cambridge University students drinking and partying as they attend the annual Caeserean Party on Jesus Green, Cambridge


The Met Office warned that those would with hay fever could have a gloomy day because tree pollen levels would be moderate to high for many

Met Office forecaster Charlie Powell said the highs of 28C were not going to be widespread.

‘That’s going to be the exception rather than the rule. I think for most places, if you take the bulk of England and Wales for example, we’re looking at somewhere around the low to mid 20s mark,’ he said.

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.

The weather is set to become mixed as the month progresses, and the May 19 wedding of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle draws near.

Royal bride Meghan may be hoping the rain will stay away for her big day at Windsor Castle.

Looking at the long range forecast, which is not as accurate as the shorter range forecast, Mr Powell said: ‘It looks like we should be prepared for some pretty changeable weather throughout the second half of May.

‘We’re still going to see some dry days, but there’s still going to be some wet days mixed in as well.’ 

Cambridge students dress up and celebrate in a city park as they revel in the sun

Daisy Quinn 7, Archie Ellison, 8, Sunny Quinn, 9 and Leyton Krohn, 8, enjoy a the sea at Tynemouth beach in North Tyneside

14-month old Che Richardson has fun building sandcastles on Tynemouth beach in North Tyneside yesterday afternoon

The one-year-old enjoys himself as crowds flock to the seaside to enjoy glorious May Bank Holiday weather

Veron Pimm, accompanied by his canine passenger Bibi, kayaks along the River Thames close to Boulter’s Lock in Maidenhead Riverside, Berkshire

People enjoying the sunshine at the English National Surfing Championships, Watergate Bay, Newquay

Competitors ride through Haworth during day four of the Tour de Yorkshire from Halifax to Leeds

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.’

He said temperatures will generally be above normal, but this will depend on whether it is a sunny day or a sunny wetter day.

‘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.

‘Neither does it look like it’s going to be a complete washout, horrible end to the month of May.

‘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.

Mr Powell added: ‘Fingers crossed it all kind of ties in with one of the drier days.’ 

Spectators in Haworth during day four of the Tour de Yorkshire from Halifax to Leeds

Tourists enjoy the hot weather by punting on the River Cam in Cambridge on Sunday

Several boats full of tourists are pictured making their way down the River Cam on a hot Sunday afternoon

Tourists enjoy the hot weather by punting on the River Cam in Cambridge on Sunday

Two women sit on the grass as they watch tourists pass by on the River Cam in Cambridge on Sunday

Tourists enjoy the hot weather by punting on the River Cam in Cambridge on Sunday 

Met Office forecaster Mark Wilson said: ‘It is likely to be the warmest early May Bank Holiday Monday since the first in 1978, beating the 74.5F (23.6C) record.  

‘There’s also a 30 per cent chance Monday will exceed 83.5F to be the warmest day recorded over this holiday weekend since 1978.

‘It’s a weekend for suntan lotion, with temperatures 10C above average for this time of the year.’ 

A warmer summer is also expected. The Met Office three-month forecast, being briefed to councils, transport chiefs and business leaders, said: ‘For May-July, above-average temperatures are more probable than below-average temperatures.

‘The probability the UK average temperature for May-July will fall into the warmest of our five categories is 30 per cent. The probability of the coldest of our five categories is between 5 and 10 per cent.’ 

Fishermen dig for bait in Dublin Bay as the warm weather continues over the Bank Holiday weekend

A man walks his dog at Little Venice in London where the annual Canalway Cavalcade narrowboat festival is taking place

Two women and a dig sit outside on a boat at Little Venice in London amid lovely weather on the Bank Holiday weekend

A group of people in sports gear sit around a table at Little Venice in London during the Bank Holiday weekend

A man stands in the cabin of a boat at Little Venice in London where the Canalway Cavalcade festival is taking place

Visitors are pictured at Little Venice in London where the annual Canalway Cavalcade narrowboat festival is taking place

Perfect weather at Little Venice in London where the annual May bank holiday Canalway Cavalcade is taking place

A man polishes a fitting on his boat at the annual May Bank Holiday Canalway Cavalcade narrowboat festival in London

A woman holds her sandals on the beach at Watergate, Newquay, on a hot day yesterday afternoon

A woman stands on top of a boat with colourful displays in the background at Little Venice in London

People enjoy the sun on Tynemouth Beach in North Tyneside on the North East coast this afternoon

People sizzle in the hot weather at Tynemouth Beach in North Tyneside on the North East coast on Sunday 

The sun rises over the City of London, as seen from Richmond Park, as the Bank Holiday Monday is forecast to be the hottest since the holiday was introduced in 1978

Dawn breaks over Wharfedale viaduct near Leeds, West Yorkshire, on a warm Sunday morning

Dawn breaks over Wharfedale viaduct near Leeds, West Yorkshire, as temperatures are expected to hit 21 degrees

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