Hottest Bank Holiday Monday in 40 years

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Britain looks set to experience its hottest ever May Day Bank Holiday today, with temperatures rocketing 10C above the average for this time of year.

In Northern Ireland, the highest recorded was 20.8C in Katesbridge.

TEMPERATURES soared to more than 22C in parts of the North-East as people rounded off their three-day weekend - making it the hottest Bank Holiday Monday in 40 years.

It is as we are in for a rare treat - a Bank Holiday with some decent weather, which could breaks records.

Nearly all of the United Kingdom is basking in a heatwave that fell perfectly in line with the first May Bank Holiday, but temperatures in London and the south east are set to reach scorchio heights.

Met Office forecaster Craig Snell said: "It looks likely we'll at least see our warmest Bank Holiday Monday on record on Monday".

London and the south east soaked up much of the sun, but most of the country has been bathing in warmth during a mini-heatwave that's set to last for another day.

But Met Office forecaster Charlie Powell said the highs of 28C would not be widespread across the UK.

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Mr Powell said temperatures will generally be above average, but it will depend on whether it is a sunny or wetter day.

"We're still going to see some dry days, but there's still going to be some wet days mixed in as well".

"Neither does it look like it's going to be a complete washout, awful end to the month of May".

"But I think we can expect things to be not as warm as they are now".

"That's going to be the exception rather than the rule".

"However, everywhere in the United Kingdom should get at least one warm day at the very least this Bank Holiday Weekend, the only exception being the very north west of Scotland'".

Most of England and Wales will be "around the low to mid 20s mark", Powell added.

Rains are expected to begin moving in across the Western Isles by the end of the night before moving south.