Bank Holiday Monday UK's hottest day of year so far as Brits bask in the sun

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The UK has have been basking in the warmest day of the year so far after a gloomy spring finally made way for a warmer summer.

People flocked to parks and beaches to enjoy the balmy conditions on Bank Holiday Monday as 24.6C was recorded in Kinloss in Scotland, according to the Met Office.

This surpassed the previous high for 2021, set on March 30 at Kew Gardens in south-west London, when the temperature reached 24.5C.

Conditions were similar in Northolt in west London on Monday, where 24.5C has been recorded, while the mercury hovered around 20C in Blackpool and Bristol, according to a Met Office forecaster.

ITV Weather Presenter Chris Page predicted June would be a drier warmer month than the previous wet months of May and April.

Despite restaurants finally being able to have people sit indoors, most wanted to sit outside on Monday. Credit: PA

Temperatures are predicted to reach 25C in parts of the UK later on Monday as people enjoy the long weekend and newly restored freedoms following the lifting of many lockdown restrictions.

Although a new benchmark for the year has been set, it is not expected to last for long, as temperatures are expected to climb to 27C (80.6F) on Wednesday before cooler, fresher air moves in.

Becky Mitchell, a meteorologist from the Met Office, warned there could be some thunderstorms on the way.

“There will potentially be some thunderstorms by midweek, the first bout of showers will come into parts of the South West and there will be a few thunderstorms in that,” she said.

People enjoying the sunshine at Bolton abbey in Yorkshire. Credit: PA

The storms in the South West are expected to hit on Wednesday, with the South East due a bit of a soaking by Friday.

“There’s a chance of some thundery breakdown in the South East and we could have some quite intense storms there,” Ms Mitchell said.

“There’s still a lot of uncertainty but with the warm and humid weather we are having we have the key ingredients for thunderstorms.”

May has been the fourth wettest on record for the UK, and the wettest ever for Wales.

In pictures: Brits bask in sunshine on the hottest day of the year so far

Thousands flocked to Bournemouth beach on Monday Credit: PA
Most of the UK recorded temperatures about 20 degrees on Monday. Credit: PA
Many used the nice day to take their dog for a walk... or a carry. Credit: PA
After months of walks being the only activity people could do many jumped at the opportunity for more on Monday. Credit: PA
A busy Bournemouth beach on Monday afternoon Credit: Andrew Matthews/PA
Basking in the sun on Bournemouth beach. Credit: PA
People enjoy the sun on the banks of the river Thames in Kingston, London. Credit: PA