Scotland to bask in 22C weekend heat before 'heavy showers' break warm spell

Many Scots are in for a very warm and sunny Saturday this weekend with temperatures peaking in the low 20s - before things potentially take a turn for the worst the following day.

Weather experts at the Met Office have confirmed that some Scots areas could enjoy highs of 22C on Saturday May 11 in what will be a 'bright and sunny day' with plenty of blue skies and warmth.

Unfortunately though, this could be disrupted when the dominant area of high pressure moves away on Sunday, May 12, making way for scatterings of downpours - although it will still remain fairly warm.

This week has seen temperatures across the UK gradually increase and it looks as though the beginning of the weekend will be no different.

Met Office meteorologist Alex Deakin has said that the 'vast majority' of the UK will experience a 'dry, fine and warmer still' day on Saturday May 11, with the mercury set to peak at 22C in Aviemore. Elsewhere in the country, temperatures around the high teens are expected, although there could be some cloud cover in the far north which will make things feel cooler.

He also warned that some 'isolated' but 'potentially heavy' showers could hit southern Scotland in the afternoon, so worth keeping in mind if you've made any plans.

For those planning on spending time outdoors, the UV levels are also set to creep up, so it's important to take the right precautions and wear sun protection in order to keep safe from the rays.

On Sunday, May 12, conditions could start off fine and dry again at the beginning of the day. However, the high-pressure area which was causing the warmer weather will begin to 'wobble away', making way for low pressure coming in from the Atlantic Ocean.

Alex warned this could 'increase the chances of some showers breaking out' by the time Sunday afternoon hits - especially in the west of Scotland. Areas on the east coast could wake up to some haar, putting a dampener on any sunny weather.

The pro explained that there's still some uncertainty about the timings of these downpours, but an increase in cloud cover will make the west coast feel less warm than previous days. Aviemore is still set to see the highest temperatures at 21C, with the mercury peaking in the high teens widely across the rest of the country.

People on Silver Sands beach
The weekend will be fine, dry and warm for many before potentially turning rainy on Sunday -Credit:Getty Images

Weather conditions are expected to return to a more unsettled pattern as we head into the new working week. Rain and showers will start to move in from the west, due to a developing low pressure system from the Atlantic.

Deputy Chief Meteorologist Tony Wisson said: “Many places will start fine and warm on Sunday, though it is likely to become cloudier from the west or southwest during the day. This will be accompanied by scattered showers, which could be heavy with thunder.

“On Monday we're likely to see more widespread and longer-lived spells of rain, some of which will be heavy and thundery. This will also lead to a much cooler feel to the day.”

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