UK Bank Holiday Monday weather set to be hottest EVER with sizzling 28C temperatures

After days of glorious sunshine, Brits are due to bask in record heat today with hot air arriving from southern Russia.

It will be hotter than Mexico City and Honolulu, Hawaii – but enjoy it while it lasts, because thunderstorms will hit by the end of the week.

Yesterday the mercury hit 22.3C in Edinburgh, while 20.8C was recorded in Katesbridge in County Down – with Sunday recorded as the hottest day of 2018 in Scotland and Northern Ireland.

The highest temperature across the UK was recorded in Heathrow, West London, at a scorching 26.3C.

But today the mercury could soar even further to a whopping 28C in parts of England – making it the hottest May Bank Holiday in 40 years.

Craig Snell from the Met Office told Sun Online: "In most parts of the UK we're going to see wall to wall sunshine.

"We're likely to see 26C, with temperatures particularly high in London.

"Right across England we're looking at temperatures between the low and mid 20s."

After the Beast from the East left Britain shivering in snowstorms and rock bottom temperatures, the Roast from Russia will make amends – offering a glorious heatwave.

Scotland and Northern Ireland are likely to to be a little cooler, but will still be largely sunny.

Sea fog could bring cooler temperatures to coastal areas, with Angelsea dropping down to 11C.

Mr Snell added that there was even a 30 per cent chance of breaking the record for the hottest bank holiday on record over the three days.

The weather is set to become more mixed as the month progresses, and the May 19 wedding of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle draws near.

But sunshine should continue into the working week, with temperatures in the low 20s predicted for Tuesday and Wednesday.

Yesterday the temperatures caused travel chaos, with Southern Rail advising passengers for Brighton and the South Coast not to travel due to overcrowding.

Replacement buses were also provided due to engineering works, and at one point National Rail said there was a two-hour wait to board a bus at Gatwick Airport.

Anthony Smith, chief executive of the independent watchdog Transport Focus, said: "Passengers will rightly be frustrated to find they can't travel on the bank holiday weekend.

"These works and the weather were no surprise – so why has Southern failed to provide enough rail replacement buses?

"We'll be working with the operator to find out what went wrong and to ensure that passengers aren't left high and dry next time they plan a trip to the seaside on a weekend."

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