Today saw a mostly-cool May end on a bang, with temperatures reaching highs of 22C in Leicestershire, according to the Met Office.
It will have seemed like summertime after a pretty unremarkable spring but it actually failed to reach the highs of March 29, which remains the hottest day of 2021. On that day it was just a tiny bit hotter, with the Met Office station at Market Bosworth recording 22.5C.
But tomorrow is very likely to be the hottest of the year, with temperatures both on Tuesday and Wednesday expected to reach the mid-20s.
It is predicted that it will reach about 25C in Leicester tomorrow and then 24C on Wednesday.
Met Office forecaster Steven Keates said: “It got up to around 22C in Leicestershire today, so it was pleasantly warm and sunny – pretty decent weather for a bank holiday Monday.
“It wasn’t actually hot enough to be the hottest of the year so far, with our weather station in Market Bosworth having recorded 22.5C on March 29. That day the weather station at Sutton Bonnington, just to the north of Leicestershire, recorded 22.9C.
“Both Tuesday and Wednesday of this week stand a high chance of being hotter than today, though.”
He said that temperatures today reached 24.8C in Great London, making it the hottest day of the year so far for the county as a whole.
The Met Office forecast for Leicester tomorrow is for the temperature to have reached 19C by 10am and then climb upwards to 25C by 3pm. It will be mostly bright sunshine, with some clouds around between midday and 3pm and less than a five per cent chance of any rain.
Then Wednesday morning will see temperatures get to 20C by 10am and then reach highs of 24C by 1pm, although there may be a few more clouds around.