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Brits will be basking in some of the hottest temperatures ever seen on a May Bank Holiday Monday as the snowy "Beast from the East" blizzards become a distant memory.

Weak weather fronts moving from west to east mean there will be a fresher feel to the air from the middle of the week onwards but temperatures in the south east of England will still be reaching somewhere up in the mid twenties.

The holiday was introduced in 1978, and since then the average temperature for London has been 18C, peaking at 23.6C in 1999.

Scotland wasn't the only part of the United Kingdom to benefit from blue skies, with temperatures reaching 20.8C in Katesbridge, Northern Ireland, 23.6C at Powys in Wales and 25.6C in London.

The Met Office forecaster Greg Dewhurst said: "We have smashed the warmest bank holiday Monday for early May".

That would make it the hottest Mayday holiday since records began 40 years ago.

"We're still going to see some dry days, but there's still going to be some wet days mixed in as well".

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Temperatures may be initially below normal, but will recover to close to average.

"So it doesn't look like it's going to carry on in a similar kind of vein to high pressure in charge, sunshine, light winds, high temperatures, that we have now", he said.

"Neither does it look like it's going to be a complete washout, disgusting end to the month of May".

'We've got this idea that there could be some warmer spells, most likely across the south and east of England, so at least that bodes well for wedding locations and things like that'.

"That's going to be the exception rather than the rule".

Temperatures reached 28.7C at RAF Northolt in west London this afternoon, just topping the previous record high for the three-day weekend, the Met Office said.

But the forecast won't stay sunny for long, as rain and thunderstorms are expected to hit by the end of the week.

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