Temperatures reached 33.3˚C in Heathrow on Sunday (yesterday) setting a new record for the highest temperature recorded over the late August Bank Holiday weekend.

Chief Meteorologist, Steve Willington said: “It’ll stay hot and sunny across eastern and southeastern parts over the next few days, with temperatures potentially reaching 34˚C on Tuesday.  Elsewhere in the UK it’ll be warm but turning cloudier from Tuesday with the chance of some showery rain across western parts.

“The heat could also trigger some thunderstorms and heavy showers across parts of the country on Tuesday.”

Several heat health alerts  have been issued in partnership with Public Health England.

Discussing how long the warm weather will last, Steve continued: “It’ll turn cooler and more unsettled across Northern Ireland and the far west from Wednesday, before this fresher air spreads across the rest of the country by Thursday.”

Highest temperature on record for the late August Bank Holiday weekend

Country Location Temperature Date
England Heathrow, London 31.5˚C 2001
Wales Velindre, Powys 27.3˚C 2003
Northern Ireland Knockareven, Co. Fermanagh 27˚C 2003
Scotland (not a bank holiday for all) Aviemore, Invernesshire 26.7˚C 1984

Highest temperature on record for the late August Bank holiday Monday

Country Location Temperature Date
England Holbeach, Lincs 28.2˚C 2017
Wales Crossway, Gwent 26.5˚C 1991
Northern Ireland Banagher, Co. Derry 23.8˚C 1983

Scotland (not a bank holiday for all)

Kelso (Roxburghshire) 25.6˚C 1984

RAC spokesman Rod Dennis said: “With summer returning in time for the weekend for many of us, it’s going to mean millions of us take to the road for day trips and short breaks. Unfortunately, as the temperature rises so can the chances of a breakdown – so it’s important drivers check over their vehicle before setting out. Tyre pressure and tread, as well as oil and coolant levels, should all be looked at and doing so can really cut the chances of breaking down.  

“Hungry, thirsty or tired passengers can also be recipes for in-car irritability – and ‘carguments’ – so pack enough food and water to keep your passengers happy, and plan in enough breaks along the way.”

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