BBC Weather: Hottest August day recorded but bank holiday weekend set for ‘chilly’ start

BBC Weather: Temperatures to rise after August's hottest day

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Carol Kirkwood revealed Tyndrum in Stirlingshire reached 27.2C with some sheltered glens predicted to have reached 28C making it the highest temperature we’ve seen in the UK this August. But the forecaster said it was unlikely to see these temperatures beat this weekend as, despite sunny and dry weather, the weekend is set to be much cooler with some showers from the continent reaching Kent. Ms Kirkwood added early Friday and Saturday will see some clouds but these will quickly move on as Britons can expect a relatively cool and bright bank holiday weekend.

Speaking on BBC Breakfast, Ms Kirkwood said temperatures on Wednesday were the highest of August this year.

But she added these temperatures would not be seen for the rest of August but incoming weather was positive.

She explained: “Yesterday, we actually had the highest temperature this August so far.

“It reached 27.2C in the highlands, now we’re not likely to see temperatures like that today, in fact, probably not for the rest of August.

“What’s happening is high pressure is still very much in charge of the weather dragging in a lot of clouds and moisture from the North Sea.

“Plus, we’ve got a weather front which is sinking southwards towards the west.

“So as a result, it’s a pretty cloudy start to the day, there’s also some fog around especially across Northern Ireland with patches across Wales and South of Scotland.

“That will lift and it will brighten up especially in the West and in the east, you can see we hang on to a fair bit of cloud.

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“There might be one or two brighter breaks with a brisk breeze across the southeast and coming down the North Sea coast generally.

“So here under the cloud and with that breeze, it will feel quite bracing.

“Towards the west, there will be some sunshine, somewhere across southwest Scotland we could hit maybe 22C or 23C.

“But generally speaking, these temperatures are 14C to about 23C.”

Ms Kirkwood then looked towards the weekend which will be sunny and dry but slightly cooler than what is expected.

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She continued: “Now as we head on through the [Thursday] evening and overnight we still will have quite a bit of cloud coming in from the North Sea.

“We also still have that brisk breeze and some clear breaks out towards the west.

“Temperature-wise, while not falling too low for most of us in some sheltered areas of Aberdeenshire we could see temperatures dip away as low as maybe 5C or 6C so that will be a bit of a shock to the system.

“First thing in the [Friday] morning and then as we go through tomorrow once again we start off with a fair bit of cloud around.

“A brighter sunnier day though across East Anglia and the southeast but it will be breezy here.

“14C to about 20C so once again slipping slightly, the temperature at this time of year should be roughly between 19C to 21C.

“It’s going to be a cold night on Friday, it’ll be a chilly start Saturday but a lot of sunshine.

“Still breezy along the North Sea coastline so temperatures again will be that bit lower.

“You can see all the showers on the near continent and there is the chance that one or two of those could hit Kent as we go through the course of the day.”

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