Glass panel roof shatters at Festival Square

All Bar One in Lothian Road, where a large sheet of glass roofing came down and smashed on the ground. Pic: Scott Louden
All Bar One in Lothian Road, where a large sheet of glass roofing came down and smashed on the ground. Pic: Scott Louden
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SOARING temperatures caused a glass panel roof at Festival Square to shatter – showering debris on passers-by below.

The mercury may have only hit 22C yesterday but workmen said the awning outside No.7 Exchange Crescent had hit temperatures of over 40C – causing the glass to burst out of its metal casing.

No-one was hurt in the incident that saw a large part of the walkway cordoned off while glass was cleared away.

Dozens of other panels were checked for signs that they might shatter. The dazzling sunshine is expected to continue for several days but the temperatures are set to cool a little heading towards the weekend.

A Met office spokesman said: “The coming days will see rising temperatures and lots of sunny intervals.

“The good weather will continue across Scotland, following the high temperatures we’ve recorded today in Glasgow and Aviemore.”

David Martin, head of policy at the Scottish Retail Consortium said the better weather provided a boon for cafes and restaurants.