Soaring temperatures will see the UK bask in glorious heat this week, with spring sunshine bringing in fewer showers and highs of 66F today.
Following a cold and wet start to the month, the country can expect to be gifted with five days of sun, with areas such as Aviemore and the Moray Firth in Scotland on course to record its hottest day of the year so far.
As sun bathers break out their sunglasses and head to the parks and beaches, much of Britain will see highs of 66F (19C) today as a high pressure system from the Atlantic sweeps across the country.
The rising temperatures will continue to climb as the week progresses, with highs of 73F to 75F expected to arrive to the country by Wednesday.
Following a dry start to Sunday, Britain will see long spells of sunshine across Northern Ireland, Scotland and England, with only a few pockets of frost in northern areas of the country and possible high cloud.
The theme will continue for the rest of the week, with Northern England and Scotland expected to see the highest temperatures in the country.
Craig Snell of the Met Office said:’If you are lucky enough to have the week off, Scotland is going to be warm and very sunny this week.
‘It’s a huge improvement on what we have had in May so far and will make places in England seem distinctly chilly.’
While Scotland will enjoy temperatures sizzling in the mid-70’s Fahrenheit, London and the Home Counties will have to get by in the low 60’s.
The pleasant weather has been caused after spectacular storms in the United States forced a kink in the jetsteam- the ribbon of air high in the atmosphere which effectively determines our weather.
This change has allowed an area of high pressure to become anchored over Scotland, drawing warm weather up from Iberia.
Mr Snell of the Met Office added:’It is looking like a good chunk of Scotland will see temperatures increase day-on-day this week.
‘The sunshine we are seeing today is what we can expect through to the latter part of the week.
‘Even eastern coastal spots which would normally feel a bit cooler will share in the higher temperatures.
‘It’s going to be a nice spell of weather, typical of what May normally produces in Scotland.
‘Of course, it always comes with its hazards. We expect pollen levels to be high to moderate, which is bad news for sufferers of hay fever.
‘And UV levels are going to be high as well, so people should take sensible precautions in the sunshine.’
The Moray Firth and Aviemore are forecast to produce the country’s highest temperatures, 73-75F (23C or 24C) possible by Wednesday.
Cities like Glasgow and Edinburgh could still bask in 70F (21C), which should be enough to tempt office workers into parks and squares for their lunch time sandwich.
However by Friday, the weather is expected to change once again bringing in the risk of showers.
Signalling the arrival of spring, yesterday, the first osprey chick of the season was seen hatching by staff at the Scottish Wildlife Trust’s Loch of the Lowes Wildlife Reserve.