SCORCHING weather saw sun-worshippers flock to beaches and parks as the Capital heatwave continued with the warmest temperatures recorded this year.
The mercury hit highs of 25C in parts of Edinburgh – hotter than Barcelona, Tenerife and Gran Canaria, and on a par with sun-baked resorts in Benidorm.
And Scotland laid claim to the hottest region of the UK yesterday after a sizzling high of 26Cs was reached in Glasgow.
Following close behind was Aviemore in the Highlands, Aboyne and Braemar in Aberdeenshire.
Sunbathing hotspots like the Meadows and Portobello Beach were said to blanketed with visitors basking in the Mediterranean conditions.
At the Leith Festival, artist Johnny Gailey watched in horror as his scaled-down wooden replica of a 1970s oil rig collapsed in the midday heat after the glue binding it melted.
Terry Magill, who runs the Dalriada Bar on Portobello Promenade, said the beach was “heaving” with sunseekers.
“Everyone is making the most of the sunshine. I have sold lots of beer,” he said.
“I hope this is the start of a lovely summer season. It has been wonderful, not quite as busy as the weekend, but busy for a weekday.”
A Met Office spokeswoman said Edinburgh had experienced “typical summer weather” but temperatures were a “little on the high side” for the time of year.
She said: “There is an area of high pressure to the west of the UK which is bringing in the warmer temperatures which we have seen this week.”
But those finding the conditions a little uncomfortable will be relieved to learn the heatwave is expected to subside in the coming days.
Temperatures are forecast to drop from today, sinking to the mid-teens towards the end of the week. Today will see a high of about 18C, which is still way above maximum average of 17.6C for this time of year.
Saturday will struggle to hit the highs seen earlier in the week, with the weekend temperature expected to soar no higher than 17C .
Today is expected to be bright and dry with sunny spells but slightly fresher than of late with a light to moderate northwesterly breeze.