Rain set for Scotland as London braced for Bank Holiday heatwave

Met Office forecaster Sophie Yeomans said a record-breaking weekend could not be ruled out.

"There's also a 30 per cent chance that Monday will exceed 28.6ºC to be the warmest day recorded over the whole Saturday to Monday early May Bank Holiday weekend".

Looking at temperatures for Bank Holiday Monday, the forecaster said the highs of 28C were not going to be widespread.

Southern said disruption is expected until the end of the day.

Saturday will see highs of 24C (75.2F), and Sunday will see temperatures rise to 25C (77F) - with the potential for 29C (84.2F) in some places on Monday.

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

Ice cream vans were hot draws as they served lengthy queues in busy parks, while many soaked up the sun at the beach.

Weatherquest's Adam Dury said tomorrow would see the weekend start with "plenty of sunshine" and highs of 19-20C inland, while coastal areas may remain a degree or two cooler. Warm air is due from continental Europe.

Monday's highest temperatures should easily beat those expected that day in many parts of Europe and even parts of north Africa.

If the barometer does reach those heights, then that would make Brighton and the rest of the south east hotter than the French Riviera and the Costa Del Sol.

Miss Yeomans said the warm and sunny weather forecast for southern Britain is a reversal of conditions in early May past year.

Referring to the day of the eagerly anticipated wedding, Mr Powell added: "We've got this idea that there could be some warmer spells, most likely across the south and east of England, so at least that bodes well for wedding locations and things like that".

In Kent, firemen cut one man free from his auto after he became trapped by a fallen tree and two parents and their baby were rescued after their vehicle was caught in a flood.

  • Rogelio Becker