UK May bank holiday could be the warmest since records began

This is what things should look like on Saturday at noon...                     Image Met Éireann

Temperatures are expected to soar to 28C in parts of England as the three-day weekend draws to a close.

We are being told to expect warm weather for the long weekend - but not much sunshine.

"Some of these warm to hot periods could become hampered by cloud cover at times giving a muggy feel to affairs and broken up by some thunderstorm activity".

Cherry Blossom trees out in full bloom as people enjoy the spring sunshine in the Meadows, Edinburgh.

Anthony Smith, chief executive of the independent watchdog Transport Focus, said: "Passengers will rightly be frustrated to find they can't travel on the bank holiday weekend".

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"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 likely that temperatures could be record-breaking".

Bank Holiday Monday in 1999 was 23.6C, while the hottest bank holiday weekend ever was in 1995 when temperatures peaked on the Saturday at 28.6C.

Then, it was warm and sunny in Northern Ireland and parts of Scotland but cool and cloudy in the south and east.

Met Office forecaster Charlie Powell said the highs of 28C were not going to be widespread, with the scorching temperatures being the "exception rather than the rule".

Mark Wilson, Met Office forecaster, said: "Monday is exceptionally likely to be the warmest early May Bank Holiday Monday since the holiday began in 1978".

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Bookmaker Coral has cut the odds on this month seeing the hottest May Day Bank Holiday Monday ever recorded to 6-4 from 2-1.

BRITS are preparing for a heatwave of epic proportions.

This year's warmest temperature so far of 84.3F (29.1C) - the hottest April day since 1949 - was recorded in London on April 19.

The record highest temperature for May is 32.8C (91F) which was recorded in 1922 and 1944.

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