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Hottest Mayday bank holiday since records began

Sunshine summer outdoors

9:30am 7th May 2018
(Updated 1:07pm 7th May 2018)

It's official - today is the hottest May Day bank holiday Monday since records began.

The Met Office has reported a high of 24.2C (75.5F) at Herstmonceux in East Sussex, the warmest early May Day bank holiday in 40 years.

In Surrey and Hampshire the Met Office forecast that temperatures could reach up to 28 degrees.

That would make it hotter than the French Riviera and the Costa Del Sol.

Across England highs of 24 to 26 °C can be expected in many areas according to the Met Office with a few spots from south Lancashire and Yorkshire southwards seeing 27 or 28 °C.   

The highest temperature of the day is likely to be in or just west of the London area where 29 °C is possible, smashing the previous record high for early May Bank Holiday Monday.

The warmest early May Bank Holiday Monday on record is 23.6 °C recorded on 3 May 1999 in Martyr Worthy (Hampshire), Worcester and Malvern. 

The warmest early May Bank Holiday weekend as a whole on record is 28.6 recorded on the 6 May 1995 at Cheltenham (Gloucestershire), 2 May 1981 in Grantown-on-Spey (Morayshire) and 30 April 1988 in Kinbrace (Sutherland). 

It is important to remember that this Bank Holiday only came into being in 1978. See more on the early may Bank Holiday records in the tables below.

Andy Page, Chief Meteorologist at the Met Office said: “Most of us will continue to have blue skies and sunshine on Bank Holiday Monday, although parts of the far north and northwest of Scotland will be cloudier with the chance of some rain, and it will be misty and chilly around some Irish Sea coasts.

“It’ll be very warm again in the sunshine and we are expecting this to be the hottest early May Bank Holiday Monday on record; it’s also possible that temperatures today will make it the hottest early May Bank Holiday weekend on record.

“The sunshine and heat won’t last much longer though, with the high pressure area that has brought the fine conditions gradually giving way to fresher winds and showers from the Atlantic over the next couple of days.”

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