Edinburgh weather: Lothians enjoy mini-heatwave

Rachel McFarlane, Shauna Barraclough and Jaimi Kelly, all from Livingston, enjoy an ice cream at Portobello. Picture: Jane Barlow
Rachel McFarlane, Shauna Barraclough and Jaimi Kelly, all from Livingston, enjoy an ice cream at Portobello. Picture: Jane Barlow
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EDINBURGH’S mini-heatwave is set to run until the weekend with the mercury expected to hit highs of 22C today.

The Mediterranean temperatures achieved in the Capital have eclipsed sun-drenched resorts at Costa Brava in recent days while this year’s record high of 25C proved hotter than Barcelona, Tenerife and Gran Canaria.

It comes after French-based forecasters predicted a surge of high pressure across the UK this week with a satellite image showing Scotland at the centre of a sunny spell for northern Europe.

But the Met Office has said that while it should remain “mainly dry” today, with parts of the Lothians basking in glorious sunshine, light rain could threaten to spoil the party for sun worshippers.

By this evening thicker cloud is expected to sweep over the east coast of Scotland with light rain possible in some areas.

The cloudier weather will move south eastwards by tomorrow and it should remain dry with some bright spells throughout the morning.

By mid to early afternoon, it will become more unsettled with rain continuing through the rest of the evening.

But despite a spot of drizzle, temperatures are to hit highs of 20C again on Saturday with the sunshine continuing into Sunday.

While Edinburgh has seen scorching conditions in recent weeks, localised regions of inland Spain have experienced a touch of frost.

And the bizarre weather system has meant Scandinavia has been enjoying unusually hot temperatures.

The reason behind this is a pressure pattern that has been characterised by a low pressure system to the southwest of Iceland, a large low pressure system across central Europe and a huge region of high pressure across Scandinavia.

The persistent east or south-easterly wind flow over Scandinavia has imported some very warm air from the eastern Mediterranean and Black Sea.

High pressure has brought dry and settled conditions to Scandinavia recently, but some parts of northern Norway have experienced temperatures over 30C.

The highest temperature recorded in the UK so far this summer is only 28.7C – Edinburgh’s is around 25C.

The highest ever temperature recorded in the Capital stands at 31C in 1975.

There will be early sunshine in parts of England and Wales on Saturday but as cloud builds through the day, there will be a risk of a few sharp showers. On Sunday, rain will clear eastward to leave a day with sunny spells and a few showers.