Early May Bank Holiday Monday heat record broken

A man walks among the bluebells at the Blickling Estate in Norfolk on Sunday 6 MayImage copyrightPA
Image caption A dog walker enjoys the bluebells at the Blickling Estate in Norfolk

Britain is enjoying record-breaking sunshine, with highs of 24.2C reported in Herstmonceux in East Sussex by the Met Office.

Today marks the hottest May Bank holiday since the long weekend was introduced in 1978.

The South East, the Midlands and East Anglia will be the warmest spots.

Early May Bank Holiday Monday heat record broken
Early May Bank Holiday Monday heat record broken

But the Met Office’s Charlie Powell said a predicted peak of 28C would be “the exception rather than the rule”.

Twitter post by @metoffice: BREAKING NEWS we've just smashed the temperature record for the warmest early May Bank Holiday Monday, with 24.2 °C at Herstmonceux #BankHolidayWeekend #BankHolidaySunshine Image Copyright @metoffice@metoffice

“I think for most places, if you take the bulk of England and Wales for example, we’re looking at somewhere around the low to mid 20s mark,” said Mr Powell.

The average high for the May Bank Holiday in London is about 18C.

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Media captionSun and warmth will give way to cooler conditions by the end of the week

Much of the UK has been blessed with blue skies and sunshine across the three-day holiday weekend, leading to busy roads and overcrowded trains as people flock to the coast.

Temperatures peaked on Sunday at 26C in Northolt in north-west London.

Meanwhile, Wales saw a top temperature of 23.6C in Llysdinam, Powys, and in Scotland the mercury reached 21.8C in Edinburgh.

In Northern Ireland, the highest recorded was 20.8C in Katesbridge.

How to stay safe in the sun

According to Dr Farrah Sheikh, absorbing enough sun is important, as it provides essential Vitamin D. However, it is also important that we are sun safe. She suggests the following:

  • Stay out of the sun when it is at its hottest (between 11:00 and 15:00 BST)
  • Try to cover up as much as possible – wear a hat
  • Apply plenty of sunscreen, particularly with children as their skin is a lot more sensitive. Re-apply sunscreen every one to two hours
  • Drink lots of fluids

May Bank Holiday Monday records


New record temperature: 7 May 2018


Previous record: 3 May 1999

  • -5.9C Coldest: 7 May 2012

  • 63mm Wettest: 7 May 1979

  • 15.1 hours Sunniest: 7 May 2001

Source: Met Office

How to keep your pet safe

Vet Dr Simon Constable says sun safety is as important for pets, and suggests the following key pointers:

  • Use non-toxic pet sunscreen, particularly on pale-coloured pets, such as horses and dogs
  • Give animals plenty of water to keep them hydrated – check their water is full all the time
  • Consider buying booties to keep pets’ paws and feet safe from getting burned on hot sand or hot pavements
  • Let them have a swim if possible
  • If travelling in a car with animals, stop regularly and give them frequent drinks of water
  • Never leave pets in a car

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Image caption It was an early start for this swimmer in Brighton, in East Sussex

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Image caption The scene at Fisherrow Harbour in Musselburgh, East Lothian, was a serene picture of blue

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Image caption Many walkers made the most of the clear skies and took to the hills in the Brecon Beacons

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