UK weather: Sun worshippers rejoice as Monday set to be hottest day of the year

Temperatures hit new highs on Sunday with Bank Holiday Monday set to be the hottest day of the year.

It is expected that temperatures could reach 25C which would be the hottest weather recorded in the UK so far this year.

The current high was 24.5C measured in Kew Gardens on March 31.

It marks an end to the miserable and wet May we’ve had so far which was one of the wettest on record, with June predicted to be a lot drier and sunnier.

BBC predicts it will be sunny and warm for many today and tomorrow, but with sunshine turning hazy in the afternoon in northern and eastern areas under high clouds.

The Met Office says: “Bank Holiday Monday will bring another warm and sunny day for many once any mist and fog clears.

“Parts of the east coast will stay cool and misty all day.”

It went on: “Any mist first thing on Bank Holiday Monday morning will quickly retreat back to the east coast, leaving blue skies and strong sunshine.”

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The fine weather saw millions of Britons making their way to beaches and parks as well as bars and pubs as Covid-19 restrictions have nearly all been lifted.

Tens of thousands packed coastal resorts as temperatures rose to 23C in London on Sunday, causing chaos on some roads.

Met Office forecaster Matthew Box said: “It’s obviously a welcome change I think for many.

“Given that we have had a reasonably cold and then a wet couple of months through spring, with April being cold and May being wet and cloudy and generally on the cool side too, we’ve got a sunny end to May.

However he warned: “It might catch a few people out given that we haven’t seen much sun and UV levels are going to be quite high over the weekend as well so that’s something to be aware of.”

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