TEMPERATURES in Edinburgh and the Lothians were expected to reach over 26C today – hotter than Ibiza and equalling Rio de Janeiro.
The sizzling weather saw the mercury hit a balmy 25C yesterday – eclipsing Barcelona’s top temperature of 22C.
Edinburgh basked in dazzling sunshine, with the highest temperatures recorded in the Capital this year.
And today was set to be another scorcher, with forecasters predicting temperatures of 26C, making it the hottest day of the year.
Despite the sunshine, forecasters also warned of the likelihood of some showers in the afternoon.
But Edinburgh’s heatwave has put it ahead of Ibiza on 24C and on a par with Copacabana beach in Rio which recorded 26C yesterday.
Bishopton in Renfrewshire was declared the hottest place in Scotland at 26.1C. The warmest spot in England was Cumbria on 23.5C. Thousands of people in and around the Capital took advantage of the sunshine to enjoy some time at the beach or soak up the rays in their favourite park.
But sunseekers should enjoy the Mediterranean climate while they can amid warnings conditions are set to cool later in the week.
While it will be mainly dry and bright with sunny spells towards the end of the week and the weekend, there will be some isolated showers which will make conditions fresher.
It is thought it will still feel quite warm in the sunshine. A Met office spokesman said: “The hottest temperature taken from the Gogarbank reading in Edinburgh yesterday was 24.7C.
“We are also expecting a very warm day today, with temperatures ranging from 25C to 26C being possible. After that it cools off a bit but it will still be quite pleasant.
“On Thursday it will be 19 to 20C and that will be the last of the warm conditions.
“Today will have a good deal of sunshine and possibly a shower during the afternoon.”
From tomorrow until Sunday temperatures up to 20C are expected. But warmer weather may return later. Weather Service International, which supplies weather information to British Airways, the National Grid and others, has said this summer could be one of the hottest of recent times with temperatures of up to 32C. That could be good news for Scotland’s “summer of sport” with next month’s Commonwealth Games and the Ryder Cup.
Meanwhile, some dry, sunny weather would also be welcomed by the 120,000 music fans due at the Glastonbury Festival next week and tennis fans heading for Wimbledon on Monday.
The highest temperature ever recorded in Edinburgh was 31.4C on August 4, 1975, at Turnhouse Airport. The lowest was -14.6C at Gogarbank in December 2010.