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Temperatures due to hit new highs for Scotland and Northern Ireland

Published 09/05/2016

People take advatage of the good weather in Botanic Gardens in south Belfast. Northern Ireland is set this week for the highest temperatures this year. May 2016
People take advatage of the good weather in Botanic Gardens in south Belfast. Northern Ireland is set this week for the highest temperatures this year. May 2016
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 8th May 2016 People take advatage of the good weather in Botanic Gardens in south Belfast. Northern Ireland is set this week for the highest temperatures this year. Picture by Jonathan Porter/PressEye
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 8th May 2016 People take advatage of the good weather in Botanic Gardens in south Belfast. Northern Ireland is set this week for the highest temperatures this year. Picture by Jonathan Porter/PressEye
Swimmers and sunbathers enjoy the hot weather at Gourock Outdoor Pool, a heated salt water lido in Renfrewshire
And forecasters predict that temperatures will plummet markedly on Friday.
Visitors to Granary Square rest on steps by the Regents Canal towpath in Kings Cross, London
Sunbathers enjoy a few moments of relaxation in Hyde Park
Julie Almonte offers her chihuahua Lola a drink of water on the Stormont estate during a spell of fine weather in Northern Ireland
But while northern parts of the UK enjoy more sunshine, it will be cloudy further south
A dog chases a ball through a pond in the grounds of the Scottish Parliament in Edinburgh
Tourists taking a selfie from the top of Greenwich Park, London
Alice, left, and Ginevra from Hyde Park Stables hack through the London park during the warm weather
People relaxing in the sun in Lower Grosvenor Gardens, central London
Thermometers peaked at 27.1C (80F) in London's St James's Park on Sunday
Ice cream man Mario serves refreshments in Hyde Park

After a sweltering weekend during which Britons basked in the hottest days of the year, Scotland and Northern Ireland look set to enjoy new highs as temperatures soar again on Monday.

Thermometers peaked at 27.1C (80F) in London's St James's Park on Sunday, with Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland all enjoying temperatures around 10C above the average maximum for May of 14.7C (58.5F).

The hot weather prompted a flurry of betting at the bookmakers that 2016 will be the hottest year on record.

And forecasters predict Northern Ireland's high of 22.4C (72.3F) on Sunday and Scotland's 24.3C (75.7F) may be topped on Monday.

But while northern parts of the UK enjoy more sunshine, it will be cloudy further south - with warnings of heavy rain and thunder on Tuesday.

And forecasters predict that temperatures will plummet markedly on Friday.

Alex Burkill, from the Met Office, said: "Today we have a north-south split which really we are going to keep for much of the week, with finer, sunnier conditions in the North and cloudier and occasionally wet conditions in the South.

"Today is sunny across Northern Ireland, Scotland and north-east England, and the best of the temperatures will probably be in western Scotland, where we could get highs of 25C (77F), possibly 26C (78.8F).

"North-eastern parts are looking markedly cooler, and towards the South it is cloudier with some showery rain, particularly in the South West where some heavy bursts are likely."

Temperatures are still widely above average, with highs in the late-teens or low 20s, even in the cloudier South.

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Belfast Girls Sophie McCormick (19) and Emma Bonner (21) catch a few rays at Helen's Bay beach on the County Down coast line this afternoon.
Photo Colm Lenaghan/Pacemaker
PACEMAKER BELFAST 11/06/2015 Belfast Girls Sophie McCormick (19) and Emma Bonner (21) catch a few rays at Helen's Bay beach on the County Down coast line this afternoon. Photo Colm Lenaghan/Pacemaker
Hannah Scott, enjoys her day at Portstewart Strand Beach as temperatures hit 27 degrees. The Coleraine girl heads to Cork next week to row for Coleraine Bann Rowing Club.PICTURE MARK JAMIESON.
Mandatory Credit - Picture by Freddie Parkinson/Press Eye © Tuesday 30th June 2015 Loughshore Newtownabbey in the warm weather.
Hannah Scott, enjoys her day at Portstewart Strand Beach as temperatures hit 27 degrees. The Coleraine girl heads to Cork next week to row for Coleraine Bann Rowing Club.PICTURE MARK JAMIESON.
Mandatory Credit - Picture by Freddie Parkinson/Press Eye © Tuesday 30th June 2015 Loughshore Newtownabbey in the warm weather.
Hannah Scott, enjoys her day at Portstewart Strand Beach as temperatures hit 27 degrees. The Coleraine girl heads to Cork next week to row for Coleraine Bann Rowing Club.PICTURE MARK JAMIESON.
Belfast Girls Sophie McCormick (19) and Emma Bonner (21) catch a few rays at Helen's Bay beach on the County Down coast line this afternoon.Photo Colm Lenaghan/Pacemaker
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PACEMAKER BELFAST 08/05/2016 A Young Child Relaxing in the Sunshine on Sunday during the nice weather. PHOTO PACEMAKER
PACEMAKER BELFAST 08/05/2016 Relaxing in the Sunshine on Sunday during the nice weather. PHOTO PACEMAKER
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 8th May 2016 People take advatage of the good weather in Botanic Gardens in south Belfast. Northern Ireland is set this week for the highest temperatures this year. Picture by Jonathan Porter/PressEye
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 8th May 2016 People take advatage of the good weather in Botanic Gardens in south Belfast. Northern Ireland is set this week for the highest temperatures this year. Picture by Jonathan Porter/PressEye
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 8th May 2016 People take advatage of the good weather in Botanic Gardens in south Belfast. Northern Ireland is set this week for the highest temperatures this year. Picture by Jonathan Porter/PressEye
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 8th May 2016 People take advatage of the good weather in Botanic Gardens in south Belfast. Northern Ireland is set this week for the highest temperatures this year. Picture by Jonathan Porter/PressEye
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 8th May 2016 People take advatage of the good weather in Botanic Gardens in south Belfast. Northern Ireland is set this week for the highest temperatures this year. Picture by Jonathan Porter/PressEye
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 8th May 2016 People take advatage of the good weather in Botanic Gardens in south Belfast. Northern Ireland is set this week for the highest temperatures this year. Picture by Jonathan Porter/PressEye
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 8th May 2016 People take advatage of the good weather in Botanic Gardens in south Belfast. Northern Ireland is set this week for the highest temperatures this year. Picture by Jonathan Porter/PressEye
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 8th May 2016 People take advatage of the good weather in Botanic Gardens in south Belfast. Northern Ireland is set this week for the highest temperatures this year. Picture by Jonathan Porter/PressEye
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 8th May 2016 People take advatage of the good weather in Botanic Gardens in south Belfast. Northern Ireland is set this week for the highest temperatures this year. Picture by Jonathan Porter/PressEye
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 8th May 2016 People take advatage of the good weather in Botanic Gardens in south Belfast. Northern Ireland is set this week for the highest temperatures this year. Picture by Jonathan Porter/PressEye
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 8th May 2016 People take advatage of the good weather in Botanic Gardens in south Belfast. Northern Ireland is set this week for the highest temperatures this year. Picture by Jonathan Porter/PressEye
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 8th May 2016 People take advatage of the good weather in Botanic Gardens in south Belfast. Northern Ireland is set this week for the highest temperatures this year. Picture by Jonathan Porter/PressEye
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 8th May 2016 People take advatage of the good weather in Botanic Gardens in south Belfast. Northern Ireland is set this week for the highest temperatures this year. Picture by Jonathan Porter/PressEye
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 8th May 2016 People take advatage of the good weather in Botanic Gardens in south Belfast. Northern Ireland is set this week for the highest temperatures this year. Picture by Jonathan Porter/PressEye
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 8th May 2016 People take advatage of the good weather in Botanic Gardens in south Belfast. Northern Ireland is set this week for the highest temperatures this year. Picture by Jonathan Porter/PressEye
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 8th May 2016 People take advatage of the good weather in Botanic Gardens in south Belfast. Northern Ireland is set this week for the highest temperatures this year. Picture by Jonathan Porter/PressEye
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 8th May 2016 People take advatage of the good weather in Botanic Gardens in south Belfast. Northern Ireland is set this week for the highest temperatures this year. Picture by Jonathan Porter/PressEye
PACEMAKER BELFAST 08/05/2016 Farmers from Crumlin in Co Antrim take a drive in the Sunshine on Sunday during the nice weather. PHOTO PACEMAKER
PACEMAKER BELFAST 08/05/2016 Farmers from Crumlin in Co Antrim take a drive in the Sunshine on Sunday during the nice weather. PHOTO PACEMAKER
PACEMAKER BELFAST 08/05/2016 Farmers from Crumlin in Co Antrim take a drive in the Sunshine on Sunday during the nice weather. PHOTO PACEMAKER
Hundreds of sun worshippers take a welcome break from work to have their lunch break and soak up some sunshine at City hall in Belfast. Picture by Stephen Hamilton/ Presseye
Members of the public enjoying the weather at Belfast City Hall . Picture by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye.
Mandatory Credit - Picture by Freddie Parkinson/Press Eye © Tuesday 30th June 2015 Loughshore Newtownabbey in the warm weather. Dylan McBurney and his daughter Corrina (5) enjoying some ice cream.
Belfast Girls Sophie McCormick (19) and Emma Bonner (21) catch a few rays at Helen's Bay beach on the County Down coast line this afternoon.Photo Colm Lenaghan/Pacemaker
Sunshine in Belfast's Botanic Gardens.
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Belfast Girls Sophie McCormick (19) and Emma Bonner (21) catch a few rays at Helen's Bay beach on the County Down coast line this afternoon.Photo Colm Lenaghan/Pacemaker
Pictured is Nina Conlon and Naomi King during the warm weather at Helens Bay in Co Down
Sunshine in Belfast's Botanic Gardens.
Enjoying the hot weather at Belfast City Hall on tuesday as the sunshine expected across Northern Ireland. Photo Colm Lenaghan/Pacemaker
Belfast Girls Sophie McCormick (19) and Emma Bonner (21) catch a few rays at Helen's Bay beach on the County Down coast line this afternoon.Photo Colm Lenaghan/Pacemaker
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Pacemaker Press 11/6/2015 Anna O'Brien (left) with Lisa McDowell (right) and little Emma Enjoying the sunshine at Helen's Bay beach in Northern Ireland on thursday during the hot weather Pic Colm Lenaghan/Pacemaker
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Mandatory Credit - Picture by Freddie Parkinson/Press Eye © Tuesday 30th June 2015 Loughshore Newtownabbey in the warm weather.
Mandatory Credit - Picture by Freddie Parkinson/Press Eye © Tuesday 30th June 2015 Loughshore Newtownabbey in the warm weather.
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A man cools off in a fountain in Cordoba on June 29, 2015. Spain's national weather office placed Cordoba, on red alert, the highest level in the scale, meaning soaring temperatures posed an "extreme risk" to health. Temperatures soared above 40 degrees (104 degrees Fahrenheit) across Spain and Portugal on June 29, 2015, prompting heat alerts, raising the risk of wildfires and drawing crowds to beaches and fountains. AFP PHOTO / CRISTINA QUICLERCRISTINA QUICLER/AFP/Getty Images
PACEMAKER BELFAST 30/06/2015 From L-R Ellie Wilkinson and Emma Francis Enjoying the hot weather at Belfast City Hall on tuesday as the sunshine expected across Northern Ireland. Photo Colm Lenaghan/Pacemaker
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A picnic at Loughshore Park
Ellie Wilkinson and Emma Francis at Belfast City Hall
People soak up the sun at Belfast City Hall yesterday

Hay fever sufferers might also struggle on Monday, with predictions of high levels in the northern half of the UK and moderate to high levels further south.

A similar north-south split is expected on Tuesday, with warm, fine and dry weather expected in Scotland, Northern Ireland and the North East, as opposed to widespread cloud and rain in the South, where there is the possibility of thunder.

The Met Office has issued yellow weather warnings for rain for parts of the South West and southern Wales, where rainfall could exceed 1.2in (30mm).

It will also be cooler, with temperatures in the high teens in most places, possibly sneaking into the low 20s in the North.

Wednesday and Thursday should see temperatures a touch above average, before dipping on Friday to be much cooler and mostly around the mid-teens, peaking at a possible 19C (66.2F).

Mr Burkill added: "The weekend is looking mostly dry but cooler than the weekend just gone for most, with temperatures around or a little below the average for the time of year.

"But it should still be pretty pleasant in the sunshine."

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