Bank holiday weekend set to be a scorcher

Irish weather forecast

Hot weather on Brighton beach.Picture: Allan Hutchings.

The Met Office has said it is "almost guaranteed" to beat 1999, when 23.6C (74.5F) was recorded on bank holiday Monday in Hampshire, Worcester and Malden.

Early indications show the hot weather and sunshine could last until the middle of May after a miserable end to April, according to forecasters.

Temperatures will only be about 11-14 degrees, but thats all set to change tomorrow and by Monday half the country will be plastering natural yoghurt onto their burned Irish skin.

"Temperatures will pick up as we go through the the weekend as high pressure builds bringing warm air up from the south".

"On Monday temperatures will range from 13 to 19 degrees with highest values in Connacht and coolest on eastern coasts due to easterly breezes".

Things will pick up just in time for the weekend though, Saturday will be a brighter day with plenty of sunny spells.

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Highs of 30C could be recorded in southern England as thermometers shoot up into the 20Cs across the nation, he said.

It is set to be even warmer than the French Riviera and the Costa del Sol, with 8.5 million vehicle journeys forecast between Friday and Monday.

"The best of the sunshine and the highest temperatures are expected across England and Wales away from the coast and for Bank Holiday Monday itself it is possible that temperatures could be record-breaking".

"The even better news is we don't expect this to be a flash in the pan, warmer than average conditions could hold out for 10 days or more".

The record for the warmest early May Bank Holiday weekend overall stands at 28.6C, which was recorded on May 6, 1995 in Cheltenham.

"Birmingham comes next in the market at 7/2 ahead of Cardiff at 5/1 and we are 11/2 for Belfast to top the temperature charts".

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