Easter Monday is on course to be the hottest day of 2019 so far – and Tayside and Fife could enjoy the best of it.
Warm conditions moved into Scotland on Good Friday and are due to last all weekend before peaking on Monday, with highs of 23C and above possible in parts of the country.
The weekend’s weather is being caused by high pressure over Scandinavia, which is allowing warm air to arrive from the Mediterranean; and will lead to Scotland being hotter than the holiday resorts of Ibiza, Majorca and Cyprus.
Locally the mercury is expected to rise into the “low-20s” on Saturday, to 22C on Sunday and 23C – or even higher – come Monday.
Speaking to The Courier, Met Office meteorologist Simon Partridge said there is a chance Easter Monday could become Scotland’s hottest day of the year.
The UK experienced the hottest day of 2019 on Friday, with 24.1C reached at three locations in England – Hurn, St James’s Park and Wiggonholt. Lossiemouth was Scotland’s hottest place after hitting 23.3C.
Mr Partridge said the Edinburgh area, the Moray Coast and the East Coast are the three locations north of the border expected to soak up the best of the heat come Easter Monday.
He added: “It will be a bright and sunny start and it is staying bright and sunny.”