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Weather watch: The ‘Roast from Russia’ makes British Bank Holiday hotter than Hawaii but thunderstorms are coming

This weekend has been a sizzler, but if you thought that was a scorcher you'll be loving today&..

By admin , in Cambridge , at May 7, 2018

This weekend has been a sizzler, but if you thought that was a scorcher you'll be loving today's May Day Bank Holiday meltdown.

If you've been baking in a weekend of sunshine, get ready because it could be the hottest early May bank holiday Monday since records began.

Temperatures are set to hit 29C as people round off the three-day weekend in 15 hours of sunrise-to-sunset, according to the Met Office.

It will see Britain hotter than Mexico City (23C) and Honolulu, Hawaii (26C).

Expect to see people topping up their tans today (Image: Dinendra Haria / WENN)

HOWEVER, and this is a big however. Sun lovers are already being warned to make the most of it, with rain and thunderstorms on their way by the end of the week, according to the Mirror .

Dubbed the Roast From Russia, the hot air is arriving from 30C southern Russia and is banishing memories of the freezing Beast from the East which struck in late February.

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The South East, East Anglia and the East Midlands will feel the effect of the hot spell the most, the Met Office confirmed. Scotland and Northern Ireland will be a little cooler but eastern parts of Scotland will reach the low 20s.

Met Office forecaster Marco Petagna said: “It will certainly be the warmest early May Bank Holiday on record, with 29C possible in the South-East.

“There will be plenty of sunshine for most, with good conditions for outdoor activities.

Tourists enjoy the hot weather by punting on the River Cam in Cambridge

“On Tuesday, 28C is possible again and it will be in the low 20s from Wednesday and a lot of fine weather in days ahead, with only the chance of a shower on Tuesday and Thursday.”

Although things are likely to worsen by next weekend, the outlook for the summer is good.

The Met Office three-month forecast, being briefed to councils, transport chiefs and business leaders, said: “For May-July, above-average temperatures are more probable than below-average temperatures.

“The probability the UK average temperature for May-July will fall into the warmest of our five categories is 30 per cent. The probability of the coldest of our five categories is between 5 and 10 per cent.”

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The Weather Outlook forecaster Brian Gaze said: “This summer could be the warmest for five years.

“31C could be seen from June onwards. Warm air is due from continental Europe.

“As recent summers have been so mixed, this summer has a higher chance of being the warmest since 2013. But there will also be cool and wet spells.”

It's been the perfect weather for messing about on the water

Todays sunshine is likely to signal another stampede to the beaches, which were full yesterday.

Around 125,000 visitors are expected to hit Brighton, 50,000 at Bournemouth and another possible 50,000 at Blackpool today.

But rail engineering works are worsening road jams – with daytrippers clogging roads with tailbacks due on coastal routes including the A23 to Brighton, A31 to Dorset, A30 to Cornwall and M55 to Blackpool.

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And there was chaos at Gatwick Airport yesterday with a lack of rail replacement buses leaving the terminals packed with angry travellers trying to get home.

Today will be the worst day of the year so far for hay fever , experts predict. Pollen counts are expected to soar as a “perfect storm” of warm, breezy weather conditions hits at the peak of tree pollen season.

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