Met Office tips today to be hottest of year so far as Brits bask in balmy sun

Today (April 29) is forecast to be the hottest day of the year so far, with temperatures expected to be recorded at 21C.

According to the Met Office, it is southern areas that will feel the most benefit of the gorgeous weather.

Kinlowchewe, Scotland, already recorded a temperature of 20.2C last week – the highest temperature recorded this year so far.

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The May bank holiday weekend is predicted to see gorgeous blue skies and sunshine.

Yet some parts of the country will see thunderstorms, say meteorologists.

Senior operations meteorologist, Marco Petagna, commented: “We are stuck between an area of high pressure to the north east of the UK and lower pressure to the west.

“Warm air from the Atlantic has brought a lot of moisture too which will help trigger showers.

“We are looking at potentially heavy and thundery showers on Saturday in Northern Ireland, north west England and Wales which will tend to ease going into the evening.

“In those areas we could see some of the warmest sunshine away from the showers with temperatures in the mid to high teens.

“It’s certainly not a heat wave, but it’s a spell of some warmer weather.”

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The Met Office has also urged sunbathers to “be aware of the strength of the sun, even if it’s cloudy”, explaining “moderate” UV levels still pose a risk of sunburn.

Weather forecasters predict Sunday will bring some showers in the west of the country, whilst the south-east will likely remain dry.

Early predictions for the coronation weekend suggest more fair weather in the late teens/early 20s, disturbed only by a few showers.

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