Bank Holiday heatwave heading to UK with country hotter than Monaco

Parts of the UK could enjoy balmy 20C temperatures that are hotter than Monaco over the Bank Holiday weekend.

A top Met Office forecaster has taken to the service’s site to offer up a forecast for the upcoming long weekend.

He said that while most places would likely sit in the mid to high teens, some parts of the country could reach 20C.

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The former certainly appears to be true for some of the bigger cities in the country on bank holiday Monday (May 1).

London is expecting highs of 17C while in Manchester highs of 14C are expected.

Edinburgh, meanwhile is expecting highs of 12C, Cardiff 15C and Belfast 10C.

Speaking about the weekend as a whole, Met Office forecaster Aidan McGivern said: “If we do see some cloud breaks, temperatures will respond very well because we are seeing much more humid air across the UK, so 17C and 18C in the south but given any cloud breaks there is potential for 19C or 20C in the south east.”

Monaco and the south of France, meanwhile, are expecting temperatures of 17C this weekend.

“Again colder towards the north but actually it is the far north of Scotland where we keep the very chilly air otherwise it is double figures for many," Mr McGivern said.

“Then that milder air spreads across the whole of the UK as we start off the long weekend.”

He added: “The weekend sees warmer than average weather, I think, that means generally mid to high teens but the potential for 20C in one or two spots.

"Also there will be some sunny spells through Saturday, Sunday and Sunday but still some showers and where we do see those showers they could be quite potent at times.

"So certainly warmer weather on the way but a few overnight frosts to watch out for before we get there.”

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