Could Scotland, Northern Ireland, Wales & UK threaten the May heat record?

Temperatures were plenty warm yesterday but shall rise to mid-summer levels today, tomorrow and Saturday with England, Wales and even Scotland all challenging the year’s first 30C mark. Southeast England should surpass it Saturday.

Met Office

The reason, very hot air bubbling over Iberia and France lifts north over the UK as high pressure slides east and low pressure approaches from the west.

Classic high pressure, summertime visible satellite view over UK this morning with coastal fog lapping the shore and extending through inland parts. Already burning back to coast.

Our heat source is Iberia where back on Tuesday, a new May record was set in Porto, Portugal with a high of 35.1C. Andujar, Spain may have set a new May record with 38.6C.


The all-time UK May maximum high temperature record stands at 32.8C set back in 1922 and 1944 and for Scotland 30.9C set in 2012, Wales 29.2C in 1989, Northern Ireland 28C in 1997. None of these records are expected to fall.

27C possible in western Northern Ireland today.

BBC NI Weather

26-28C possible over parts of the Highlands and Glasgow area today.

BBC Weather

UK today.

BBC Weather

BBC Scotland calling for 29C in the Inverness area Friday.

BBC Scotland Weather

While the 30C mark is not frequently achieved in Scotland, it’s interestingly been achieved in May, June, July, August and September.

May: 30.9C on 25 May 2012 Inverailort (Highland)
June: 32.2C on 18 June 1893 Ochtertyre (Perth and Kinross)
July: 32.8C on 2 July 1908 Dumfries (Dumfries & Galloway) & 20 July 1901 Dumfries (Dumfries & Galloway)August
August: 32.9C on 9 August 2003 Greycrook (Scottish Borders)
September: 32.2C on 1 September 1906 Gordon Castle (Moray)

In 2012, a year which saw one of the wettest summers on record, Scotland witnessed not one but two new monthly record highs. The first being March with 23.6C recorded on March 27 at Aboyne, Aberdeenshire and despite a very wet April following a record dry March, the highest ever May reading was recorded at Inverailort, Highland at 30.9C which is right up there with Scotland’s warmest ever days.

Since the impressive May 25, 2012 reading, it’s never been as warm in Scotland since.

Thundery break arrives Saturday.

BBC Weather

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