Start of scorching Bank Holiday sees UK warmer than Barcelona

Britain will sizzle in record-breaking temperatures this weekend as Bookies say May could be the "warmest we have ever seen."

Temperatures are expected to hit a balmy 22c today but will soar to a scorching 26c tomorrow, Monday and Tuesday.

This could make it the hottest early May Day bank holiday for nearly 20 years – beating 1999’s 23.6c.

It means the UK will be hotter than popular tourist hotspots like Barcelona which will barely reach the 20s at a cool 19c and Cannes, which is only expected to see highs of 23c.

And Coral has cut the odds of us seeing the hottest month on record from 6-4 to 2-1. The current record is 32.8C, back in 1944.

Harry Aitkenhead, PR for Coral, said: "It’s already been a memorable year with the hottest April day in 69 years recorded.

"This latest wave of sunshine is giving us more reason to believe May can enter the record books too

"The sun is shining and punters are rushing to back 2018 to be the hottest year we’ve ever had. It might be more betting with the heart than the head, but given the records tumbling we simply can’t argue with them."

But this weekend’s weather is likely to cause carnage as people head into the car for a last-minute trip to the nation’s beaches.

Yesterday, millions hit the road causing traffic to build up in major areas across the country as families raced to the coastline.

Rod Dennis, RAF traffic spokesman, said: "Many will be keen to make the most of the early May warmth by escaping in the car to spend time with family or friends – especially after the recent chilly spell that even lead to some overnight frosts at the start of this week. "

And it’s bad news for hayfever sufferers as pollen counts are set to soar.

Sophie Yeomans, a forecaster at the Met Office told the Evening Standard: "On Monday warmer weather will come in from the continent with temperatures reaching as high as 27/28C."

"It looks like a good weekend for getting out and about however the temperatures will drop quickly in the evening as low as 8C."

The south will remain dry and warm and humidity will pick up on Tuesday, but there may be some cooling, thundery showers later on in the day.

There will also be some patchy drizzle in north west Scotland, with more rain forecasted for the rest of the week.

But in typical British fashion, the warm weather is unlikely to stick around forever – or at least until the end of the week.

Things will start to cool down to a 18c on Thursday – the type of temperatures us Brits are used to in May.

Bosses have also been warned to watch out for staff taking sickies on Tuesday when the weather will still be scorching hot.

Travelodge has reported a surge in last minute bookings over the last 24 hours for the Bank Holiday weekend as well as Tuesday.

The company’s coastal hotels throughout the country are sold out with spokeswoman Shakila Ahmed saying: "We have seen a surge in last minute bookings across our 545 UK hotels for this Bank Holiday weekend and interestingly for Tuesday too. Our popular holiday hotspot hotels are literally booked up with sun seekers from all corners of the UK.”

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