Britons brave hour-long motorway queues as they head home from record-breaking Bank Holiday

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Motorists are braving hours of traffic on packed motorways as they return home this evening from a record-breaking Bank Holiday weekend when the temperature soared to 84F (29C).  

Motorways are congested throughout the country, with stop-start traffic and long delays on the M5, as travel time on the road is reported to be reaching more than an hour. 

Frustrated drivers and passengers have taken to Twitter to complain of return trips from the coast taking hours longer due to traffic. 

Those who spent their day on the sandy shores basked in record-breaking temperatures during the holiday weekend before heading back ready for work on Tuesday. 

Crowds enjoy the sunshine on the hottest May Bank Holiday on record on the beach at Bournemouth

Crowds enjoy the sunshine on the hottest May Bank Holiday on record on the beach at Bournemouth

Crowds enjoy the sunshine on the hottest May Bank Holiday on record on the beach at Bournemouth

Friends enjoy each others company as they sunbathe near Hampstead Heath Mixed Bathing Pond in north London

Laura Pope (left) and her friend Lia Hamby, both 20, enjoying the sunshine on Brighton beach this afternoon

Laura Pope (left) and her friend Lia Hamby, both 20, enjoying the sunshine on Brighton beach this afternoon

Laura Pope (left) and her friend Lia Hamby, both 20, enjoying the sunshine on Brighton beach this afternoon

Laura Pope (left) and her friend Lia Hamby, both 20, enjoying the sunshine on Brighton beach this afternoon

Laura Pope (left) and her friend Lia Hamby, both 20, enjoying the sunshine on Brighton beach this afternoon

This beach in Bournemouth is packed full of visitors relishing the heat and sunshine this Bank Holiday

This beach in Bournemouth is packed full of visitors relishing the heat and sunshine this Bank Holiday

This beach in Bournemouth is packed full of visitors relishing the heat and sunshine this Bank Holiday

The sun-drenched forecast is set to be hotter than scorching destinations such as Barbados, Ibiza, Hawaii, Sydney and Los Angeles. Pictured: A busy beach in Brighton

The sun-drenched forecast is set to be hotter than scorching destinations such as Barbados, Ibiza, Hawaii, Sydney and Los Angeles. Pictured: A busy beach in Brighton

The sun-drenched forecast is set to be hotter than scorching destinations such as Barbados, Ibiza, Hawaii, Sydney and Los Angeles. Pictured: A busy beach in Brighton

Pictured: Mirian Lima, 36, from Brazil spent the day on Brighton and Hove beach on the May Bank Holiday Monday

Pictured: Mirian Lima, 36, from Brazil spent the day on Brighton and Hove beach on the May Bank Holiday Monday

Pictured: Mirian Lima, 36, from Brazil spent the day on Brighton and Hove beach on the May Bank Holiday Monday

Brittany Rankin swims in Hampstead Heath Mixed Bathing Pond in north London

Brittany Rankin swims in Hampstead Heath Mixed Bathing Pond in north London

A young man is buried in sand as people enjoy the hot Bank Holiday weather on a beach in Margate

A young man is buried in sand as people enjoy the hot Bank Holiday weather on a beach in Margate

The hot weather brought out many people’s fun side this afternoon with a young boy being buried in the sand (right) on a beach in Margate and a woman jumping into Hampstead Heath Mixed Bathing Pond in north London

People sunbathe in the hot weather while in Regent's Park in London

People sunbathe in the hot weather while in Regent's Park in London

People sunbathe in the hot weather while in Regent’s Park in London

Crowds of people make the most of the hot Bank Holiday weather as they visit a beach in Margate

Crowds of people make the most of the hot Bank Holiday weather as they visit a beach in Margate

Crowds of people make the most of the hot Bank Holiday weather as they visit a beach in Margate

Frustrated drivers and passengers have taken to Twitter to complain of trips to the coast taking hours longer, with one claiming it took 30 minutes just to get out of a petrol station while heading to the beach. Pictured: Traffic map 

Frustrated drivers and passengers have taken to Twitter to complain of trips to the coast taking hours longer, with one claiming it took 30 minutes just to get out of a petrol station while heading to the beach. Pictured: Traffic map 

Frustrated drivers and passengers have taken to Twitter to complain of trips to the coast taking hours longer, with one claiming it took 30 minutes just to get out of a petrol station while heading to the beach. Pictured: Traffic map 

Throughout the country, motorways have been clogged with people flocking to return home.

There was a fatal accident near Cheddar Gorge in Somerset, where a motorcyclist collided with a lorry. The biker died at the scene of the accident. 

The main road is expected to remain closed for several hours while an investigation is being conducted.   

On the M5 Northbound, there is stop-start traffic and long delays, but some pick ups in spots along the road. Travel time is more than an hour. 

The B3128 Clevedon Road in Wraxall has slow traffic and is partially blocked because of an accident and recovery work. 

In both directions, the A39 in Chewton Mendip is closed and queuing traffic due to serious accident between two cars.  

In Bournemouth, more than 100,000 people flocked to the area for the bank holiday weekend.

The popular seaside resort was busy today as sunseekers made the most of the glorious weather before returning to work on Tuesday. Traffic queued back for more than 15 miles from the coast to the A31 in the New Forest.

Most sea front car parks were full by noon and the majority of the resort’s 3,000 deckchairs were snapped up early.

Sun worshippers enjoying the hottest May Bank Holiday on record on the beach at Bournemouth

Sun worshippers enjoying the hottest May Bank Holiday on record on the beach at Bournemouth

Sun worshippers enjoying the hottest May Bank Holiday on record on the beach at Bournemouth

In Bournemouth (pictured), more than 100,000 people flocked to the area for the Bank Holiday weekend

In Bournemouth (pictured), more than 100,000 people flocked to the area for the Bank Holiday weekend

In Bournemouth (pictured), more than 100,000 people flocked to the area for the Bank Holiday weekend

The popular seaside resort was heaving today as sunseekers made the most of the glorious weather before returning to work on Tuesday

The popular seaside resort was heaving today as sunseekers made the most of the glorious weather before returning to work on Tuesday

The popular seaside resort was heaving today as sunseekers made the most of the glorious weather before returning to work on Tuesday

The hot day in England comes as people round off their three-day weekend - making it the hottest Bank Holiday weekend ever 

The hot day in England comes as people round off their three-day weekend - making it the hottest Bank Holiday weekend ever 

The hot day in England comes as people round off their three-day weekend – making it the hottest Bank Holiday weekend ever 

These two (pictured) cooled off from the high temperatures with a splash in the sea near a beach in Margate, Kent 

These two (pictured) cooled off from the high temperatures with a splash in the sea near a beach in Margate, Kent 

These two (pictured) cooled off from the high temperatures with a splash in the sea near a beach in Margate, Kent 

A family stroll along the beach in Margate while enjoying the high temperatures this Bank Holiday weekend

A family stroll along the beach in Margate while enjoying the high temperatures this Bank Holiday weekend

A family stroll along the beach in Margate while enjoying the high temperatures this Bank Holiday weekend

People enjoy the hot and sunny weather on Bournemouth Beach on Monday 

People enjoy the hot and sunny weather on Bournemouth Beach on Monday 

People enjoy the hot and sunny weather on Bournemouth Beach on Monday 

Friends from Haywards Heath spent the day on Brighton and Hove beach on the May Bank Holiday Monday as warm weather continues to hit the seaside resort 

Friends from Haywards Heath spent the day on Brighton and Hove beach on the May Bank Holiday Monday as warm weather continues to hit the seaside resort 

Friends from Haywards Heath spent the day on Brighton and Hove beach on the May Bank Holiday Monday as warm weather continues to hit the seaside resort 

A man reads a newspaper as people enjoy the hot Bank Holiday weather on a beach in Margate

A man reads a newspaper as people enjoy the hot Bank Holiday weather on a beach in Margate

A man reads a newspaper as people enjoy the hot Bank Holiday weather on a beach in Margate

People on the beach enjoy the hot and sunny weather in Brighton on May Bank Holiday Monday, as temperatures are expected to reach 84F (29C)

People on the beach enjoy the hot and sunny weather in Brighton on May Bank Holiday Monday, as temperatures are expected to reach 84F (29C)

People on the beach enjoy the hot and sunny weather in Brighton on May Bank Holiday Monday, as temperatures are expected to reach 84F (29C)

Grainne Gallanagh (left) and Ruth Chalke sunbathing in Hyde Park, London, as the Bank Holiday Monday is forecast to be the hottest since records began

Grainne Gallanagh (left) and Ruth Chalke sunbathing in Hyde Park, London, as the Bank Holiday Monday is forecast to be the hottest since records began

Grainne Gallanagh (left) and Ruth Chalke sunbathing in Hyde Park, London, as the Bank Holiday Monday is forecast to be the hottest since records began

And around 4pm, the record for the hottest May Bank Holiday overall weekend was beat when it temperatures hit 84F (28.6C), overtaking the old record that was set in 1995

And around 4pm, the record for the hottest May Bank Holiday overall weekend was beat when it temperatures hit 84F (28.6C), overtaking the old record that was set in 1995

And around 4pm, the record for the hottest May Bank Holiday overall weekend was beat when it temperatures hit 84F (28.6C), overtaking the old record that was set in 1995

 The Met Office proudly declared shortly before 11am that the new record had been set, when thermometers clocked 75F (24.2C) in Herstmonceux. The previous record for the May Bank Holiday Monday was 74.5F (23C), set in 1999. 

And around 4pm, the record for the hottest May Bank Holiday overall weekend was beat when it temperatures hit  84F (28.6C), overtaking the old record that was set in 1995.

As the weather topped the old record, Met Office forecaster Greg Dewhurst said: ‘We have smashed the warmest Bank Holiday Monday for early May, but for the whole bank holiday weekend itself we have got to be over 28C (82.4F).

‘The highest temperatures of the day will be around 3-4pm so we will probably know more then.’

Asked if he thought the overall weekend record would be broken, he said: ‘It’s going to be close I think. All indications show the temperature’s going to get very close so yes, a good chance.’

The sun-drenched forecast is hotter than usually scorching destinations such as Barbados, Ibiza, Hawaii, Sydney and Los Angeles. 

The cherry trees in Greenwich Park, south London, are in blossom and visitors took pictures of the beautiful greenery

The cherry trees in Greenwich Park, south London, are in blossom and visitors took pictures of the beautiful greenery

The cherry trees in Greenwich Park, south London, are in blossom and visitors took pictures of the beautiful greenery

This pair took full advantage of a set of deckchairs in St James's Park, London - with the man seemingly asleep in the sunny weather

This pair took full advantage of a set of deckchairs in St James's Park, London - with the man seemingly asleep in the sunny weather

This pair took full advantage of a set of deckchairs in St James’s Park, London – with the man seemingly asleep in the sunny weather

Ten-year-old Maggie Brooks and her brother, TJ aged nine, cool down in the River Swale at Richmond, North Yorkshire, on the hottest early May Bank Holiday

Ten-year-old Maggie Brooks and her brother, TJ aged nine, cool down in the River Swale at Richmond, North Yorkshire, on the hottest early May Bank Holiday

Ten-year-old Maggie Brooks and her brother, TJ aged nine, cool down in the River Swale at Richmond, North Yorkshire, on the hottest early May Bank Holiday

Brighton beach goers make a splash into the sea

Brighton beach goers make a splash into the sea

The South East can expect the highest temperatures, while Wales and Scotland will also enjoy warm weather in the mid to high 70s (23C). A woman takes a dip in the sea in Tenby on Monday

The South East can expect the highest temperatures, while Wales and Scotland will also enjoy warm weather in the mid to high 70s (23C). A woman takes a dip in the sea in Tenby on Monday

The South East can expect the highest temperatures, while Wales and Scotland will also enjoy warm weather in the mid to high 70s (23C). Pictured: Brighton beach goers make a splash into the sea (left) and a woman takes a dip in the sea in Tenby on Monday

A woman carries a large inflatable duck as people enjoy the hot Bank Holiday weather on a beach in Margate, Kent

A woman carries a large inflatable duck as people enjoy the hot Bank Holiday weather on a beach in Margate, Kent

A woman carries a large inflatable duck as people enjoy the hot Bank Holiday weather on a beach in Margate, Kent

The Met Office warned that those would with hay fever could have a gloomy day because tree pollen levels would be moderate to high for many. Pictured: Crowds enjoy the hot Bank Holiday weather on a beach in Margate, Kent

The Met Office warned that those would with hay fever could have a gloomy day because tree pollen levels would be moderate to high for many. Pictured: Crowds enjoy the hot Bank Holiday weather on a beach in Margate, Kent

The Met Office warned that those would with hay fever could have a gloomy day because tree pollen levels would be moderate to high for many. Pictured: Crowds enjoy the hot Bank Holiday weather on a beach in Margate, Kent

Three dogs rescued from a parked car after being left inside in the Bank Holiday heat

Three dogs had to be broken out from a parked car in Cleethorpes after being left inside in the Bank Holiday heat.

A Police community support officer rescued the pooches after a passerby noticed the dogs sitting inside a blue Ford yesterday as they panted heavily and tried to hide from the sun.

It is believed the dogs had been in the car for nearly an hour before they were rescued.

Cleethorpes resident Louise Cook who helped save the animals, said that she was alerted to the issue by her son, who had contacted her after seeing the dogs.

She said: ‘It was such a hot day, you could see that the dogs were really having problems, with one hiding itself away in the foot well just to try and get out of the sun.

‘Eventually we found a PCSO, who dropped everything and ran to the car in order to help, and ended up having to actually break into it so that we would be able to get the dogs free.’

After the dogs were freed by the officer, staff from the nearby Kebab House came out quickly with water and some food for the animals.

Angry crowds began to gather around the car, as many people voiced their shock and displeasure at seeing the dogs being left in the vehicle.

Ms Cook continued: ‘Things got a bit rowdy as we waited for the dog owner to come back and tend to his animals. I am just happy that they got out and were safe.’ 

The RSPCA maintains a dedicated line for circumstances like this which you can reach on 0300 1234 999 for advice but they say calling 999 should always be the first step if the animal is in immediate danger.

According to the charity, the temperature inside a car can rise to 47 degrees Celsius even when the outside temperature is just 22 degrees Celsius, potentially fatal levels for a dog.

The beach in Bournemouth is packed with people relishing in the heat on this Bank Holiday weekend

The beach in Bournemouth is packed with people relishing in the heat on this Bank Holiday weekend

The beach in Bournemouth is packed with people relishing in the heat on this Bank Holiday weekend

Sunbathers in Regent's Park, London, as the Bank Holiday Monday is forecast to be the hottest since records began

Sunbathers in Regent's Park, London, as the Bank Holiday Monday is forecast to be the hottest since records began

Sunbathers in Regent’s Park, London, as the Bank Holiday Monday is forecast to be the hottest since records began

Sunbathers Ruan Opperman and Harriet Curry in Regent's Park, London on Monday afternoon 

Sunbathers Ruan Opperman and Harriet Curry in Regent's Park, London on Monday afternoon 

Sunbathers Ruan Opperman and Harriet Curry in Regent’s Park, London on Monday afternoon 

The warm long weekend comes as the Met Office forecast a hotter-than-normal three months ahead. Pictured: Two people struggle to push bikes up a steep hill in Greenwich Park, south London

The warm long weekend comes as the Met Office forecast a hotter-than-normal three months ahead. Pictured: Two people struggle to push bikes up a steep hill in Greenwich Park, south London

The warm long weekend comes as the Met Office forecast a hotter-than-normal three months ahead. Pictured: Two people struggle to push bikes up a steep hill in Greenwich Park, south London

A sunbather makes the most of the hot weather on a Bank Holiday Monday in Finsbury Park, north London

A sunbather makes the most of the hot weather on a Bank Holiday Monday in Finsbury Park, north London

A sunbather makes the most of the hot weather on a Bank Holiday Monday in Finsbury Park, north London

People enjoying the hot weather in a pedalo in Regent's Park, London

People enjoying the hot weather in a pedalo in Regent's Park, London

People enjoying the hot weather in a pedalo in Regent’s Park, London

A woman working on her laptop in the hot weather on a Bank Holiday, in Regent's Park, London

A woman working on her laptop in the hot weather on a Bank Holiday, in Regent's Park, London

A woman working on her laptop in the hot weather on a Bank Holiday, in Regent’s Park, London

The sun-drenched forecast is hotter than scorching destinations such as Barbados, Ibiza, Hawaii, Sydney and Los Angeles

The sun-drenched forecast is hotter than scorching destinations such as Barbados, Ibiza, Hawaii, Sydney and Los Angeles

The sun-drenched forecast is hotter than scorching destinations such as Barbados, Ibiza, Hawaii, Sydney and Los Angeles

The sun-drenched forecast is hotter than scorching destinations such as Barbados, Ibiza, Hawaii, Sydney and Los Angeles

The sun-drenched forecast is hotter than scorching destinations such as Barbados, Ibiza, Hawaii, Sydney and Los Angeles. Pictured: Forecast of the day on Monday morning (left) and forecast for Monday afternoon (right)

The Met Office warned that those would with hay fever could have a gloomy day because tree pollen levels would be moderate to high for many. 

Tuesday will remain warm before temperatures ease and showers begin to hit the UK during the week. By Friday some longer spells of rain may arrive into the west, while heavy showers may hit the South East.

The north and west are likely to see strong winds and spells of rain at times during the week, with a risk of thunderstorms in the south over the weekend. 

Temperatures may be initially below normal, but will recover to close to average.   

As Britons flock outside to enjoy the summery weather, Sainsbury’s and Argos have revealed the items that are forecast to fly off the shelves this weekend. 

Compared to last weekend, sun cream sales are projected to increase by 800 per cent, ice cream by 600 per cent, potato salad by 120 per cent and burgers and sausages by 130 per cent.

For alcohol, gin will be the most sought after liquor, as sales are projected to increase by 300 percent, while Pimms and rose should by up by 100 per cent.

At Argos, sales of BBQs have increased 80 per cent since yesterday and garden furniture sales are up by 65 per cent in a day span. 

The warm long weekend comes as the Met Office forecast a hotter-than-normal three months ahead. 

People queue for fish and chips as they enjoy the hot Bank Holiday weather in Margate

People queue for fish and chips as they enjoy the hot Bank Holiday weather in Margate

People queue for fish and chips as they enjoy the hot Bank Holiday weather in Margate

The warm long weekend comes as the Met Office forecast a hotter-than-normal three months ahead. Pictured: Families play in the sea by the beach during the warm weather on Bank Holiday Monday in Bognor Regis

The warm long weekend comes as the Met Office forecast a hotter-than-normal three months ahead. Pictured: Families play in the sea by the beach during the warm weather on Bank Holiday Monday in Bognor Regis

The warm long weekend comes as the Met Office forecast a hotter-than-normal three months ahead. Pictured: Families play in the sea by the beach during the warm weather on Bank Holiday Monday in Bognor Regis

The hot day in England comes as people round off their three-day weekend - making it the hottest Bank Holiday Monday in 40 years

The hot day in England comes as people round off their three-day weekend - making it the hottest Bank Holiday Monday in 40 years

The hot day in England comes as people round off their three-day weekend – making it the hottest Bank Holiday Monday in 40 years

The brief spell of summer weather is due to hot air coming in from 86F (30C) southern Russia, leading meteorologists to dub the heatwave the 'Roast from Russia'. A man walks on the beach in Tenby

The brief spell of summer weather is due to hot air coming in from 86F (30C) southern Russia, leading meteorologists to dub the heatwave the 'Roast from Russia'. A man walks on the beach in Tenby

The brief spell of summer weather is due to hot air coming in from 86F (30C) southern Russia, leading meteorologists to dub the heatwave the ‘Roast from Russia’. A man walks on the beach in Tenby

Paddle boarders enjoy the weather in the sea at Hastings, Britain on Bank Holiday Monday 

Paddle boarders enjoy the weather in the sea at Hastings, Britain on Bank Holiday Monday 

Paddle boarders enjoy the weather in the sea at Hastings, Britain on Bank Holiday Monday 

Mail Online reader Nikki submitted this adorable photo of her Cockapoo Sasha at Redcar beach on Monday 

Mail Online reader Nikki submitted this adorable photo of her Cockapoo Sasha at Redcar beach on Monday 

Mail Online reader Nikki submitted this adorable photo of her Cockapoo Sasha at Redcar beach

 The warm long weekend comes as the Met Office forecast a hotter-than-normal three months ahead. Pictured: Paddle boarders enjoy the weather in the sea at Hastings

 The warm long weekend comes as the Met Office forecast a hotter-than-normal three months ahead. Pictured: Paddle boarders enjoy the weather in the sea at Hastings

 The warm long weekend comes as the Met Office forecast a hotter-than-normal three months ahead. Pictured: Paddle boarders enjoy the weather in the sea at Hastings

The South East, East Anglia and the Midlands will feel the heat most today. Pictured: A couple enjoy the weather on Hastings pier in Hastings, Britain

The South East, East Anglia and the Midlands will feel the heat most today. Pictured: A couple enjoy the weather on Hastings pier in Hastings, Britain

The South East, East Anglia and the Midlands will feel the heat most today. Pictured: A couple enjoy the weather on Hastings pier in Hastings, Britain

 Tourism bosses in Bournemouth rubbed their hands with glee as the bumper weekend has made up for a disastrous Easter.

Jon Weaver, head of resort marketing for Bournemouth council, said: ‘This has been exactly what Bournemouth needed.

‘Normally we would expect around 60,000 visitors over a bank holiday weekend, but we are on target for more than 100,000. It is a huge sigh of relief for the town.’

One of the visitors was Mel Roberts, 41, from Southampton. She said: ‘We packed up the car last night and headed to Bournemouth nice and early to beat the traffic and get a parking space.

‘It has been the perfect bank holiday weekend with barely a cloud in the sky. It’s so unlike Britain, usually it rains on the bank holiday.

‘A friend of mine has gone to Majorca where it has been raining, I think she is jealous of us.’   

As Britons flock outside to enjoy the summery weather, Sainsbury's and Argos have revealed the items that are forecast to fly off the shelves this weekend, including gin and sun cream. Pictured: A woman tans in Finsbury Park

As Britons flock outside to enjoy the summery weather, Sainsbury's and Argos have revealed the items that are forecast to fly off the shelves this weekend, including gin and sun cream. Pictured: A woman tans in Finsbury Park

As Britons flock outside to enjoy the summery weather, Sainsbury’s and Argos have revealed the items that are forecast to fly off the shelves this weekend, including gin and sun cream. Pictured: A woman tans in Finsbury Park

 This summer will be the hottest since 2013 as long as June to August has an average UK temperature at least 0.62C above the 14.3C average, Met Office said

 This summer will be the hottest since 2013 as long as June to August has an average UK temperature at least 0.62C above the 14.3C average, Met Office said

 This summer will be the hottest since 2013 as long as June to August has an average UK temperature at least 0.62C above the 14.3C average, Met Office said

The forecast won't stay sunny for long, as rain and thunderstorms are expected to hit by the end of the week. Pictured: A woman jogging on the Brighton seafront on Monday morning

The forecast won't stay sunny for long, as rain and thunderstorms are expected to hit by the end of the week. Pictured: A woman jogging on the Brighton seafront on Monday morning

The forecast won’t stay sunny for long, as rain and thunderstorms are expected to hit by the end of the week. Pictured: A woman jogging on the Brighton seafront on Monday morning

The UK is set to sizzle today, as the 'Roast from Russia' turns up the heat in the country 

The UK is set to sizzle today, as the 'Roast from Russia' turns up the heat in the country 

The UK is set to sizzle today, as the ‘Roast from Russia’ turns up the heat in the country 

People on Brighton Beach in East Sussex as the Bank Holiday Monday is forecast to be the hottest since records began

People on Brighton Beach in East Sussex as the Bank Holiday Monday is forecast to be the hottest since records began

People on Brighton Beach in East Sussex as the Bank Holiday Monday is forecast to be the hottest since records began

People on the beach enjoy the hot and sunny weather in Brighton

People on the beach enjoy the hot and sunny weather in Brighton

People on the beach enjoy the hot and sunny weather in Brighton

People took to social media to share photos of the sunny day and Geography Fieldwork tweeted: 'Happy bank holiday from #Southwold' 

People took to social media to share photos of the sunny day and Geography Fieldwork tweeted: 'Happy bank holiday from #Southwold' 

People took to social media to share photos of the sunny day and Geography Fieldwork tweeted: ‘Happy bank holiday from #Southwold’ 

Meanwhile in Spain, temperatures are only 16C and dark grey skies threaten to rain. Pictured: Gloomy weather in Playa d'en Bossa on the island of Ibiza on Monday 

Meanwhile in Spain, temperatures are only 16C and dark grey skies threaten to rain. Pictured: Gloomy weather in Playa d'en Bossa on the island of Ibiza on Monday 

Meanwhile in Spain, temperatures are only 16C and dark grey skies threaten to rain. Pictured: Gloomy weather in Playa d’en Bossa on the island of Ibiza on Monday 

The Met Office May-July forecast said above-average temperatures are favoured over the next three months. And much hotter-than-normal temperatures over the period are up to six times more likely than much cooler-than-usual conditions, at 30 per cent versus five to 10 per cent, the Met Office said.

This summer will be the hottest since 2013 as long as June to August has an average UK temperature at least 0.62C above the 14.3C average, Met Office said. 

Met Office forecaster Charlie Powell said the highs of 28C were not going to be widespread.

‘That’s going to be the exception rather than the rule. I think for most places, if you take the bulk of England and Wales for example, we’re looking at somewhere around the low to mid 20s mark,’ he said.

On Sunday, the mercury hit 22.3C in Edinburgh and 20.8C in Katesbridge in County Down – making for the hottest day of 2018 in Scotland and Northern Ireland. 

Dozens of cars are backed up as they sit in long queues on the roads near Hastings in East Sussex as the sun seekers hoped to break for the coast on Bank Holiday Monday 

Dozens of cars are backed up as they sit in long queues on the roads near Hastings in East Sussex as the sun seekers hoped to break for the coast on Bank Holiday Monday 

Dozens of cars are backed up as they sit in long queues on the roads near Hastings in East Sussex as the sun seekers hoped to break for the coast on Bank Holiday Monday 

Drivers hoping to make the most of the country's record-breaking weekend are sizzling in traffic jams instead

Drivers hoping to make the most of the country's record-breaking weekend are sizzling in traffic jams instead

Drivers hoping to make the most of the country’s record-breaking weekend are sizzling in traffic jams instead

Hundreds of drivers are heading to the coast for the sizzling day, only to be met with miles of traffic 

Hundreds of drivers are heading to the coast for the sizzling day, only to be met with miles of traffic 

Hundreds of drivers are heading to the coast for the sizzling day, only to be met with miles of traffic 

At beach fronts, parking lots are overflowing with parked cars, like in Brighton (pictured)

At beach fronts, parking lots are overflowing with parked cars, like in Brighton (pictured)

At beach fronts, parking lots are overflowing with parked cars, like in Brighton (pictured)

Traffic queued back for more than 15 miles from the coast to the A31 in the New Forest. Pictured: Traffic on the roads near Hastings in East Sussex

Traffic queued back for more than 15 miles from the coast to the A31 in the New Forest. Pictured: Traffic on the roads near Hastings in East Sussex

Traffic queued back for more than 15 miles from the coast to the A31 in the New Forest. Pictured: Traffic on the roads near Hastings in East Sussex

Motorways are congested throughout the country, with stop-start traffic and long delays on the M5 and travel time is reported to be reaching more than an hour. Pictured: Lined-up cars in East Sussex 

Motorways are congested throughout the country, with stop-start traffic and long delays on the M5 and travel time is reported to be reaching more than an hour. Pictured: Lined-up cars in East Sussex 

Motorways are congested throughout the country, with stop-start traffic and long delays on the M5 and travel time is reported to be reaching more than an hour. Pictured: Lined-up cars in East Sussex 

Russian Embassy accuses British media of blaming them for the scorching weather after heatwave is dubbed ‘The Roast from Russia’ 

Britain is basking in sunshine today as a hotspell from southern Russia heats up the Bank Holiday to record temperatures – but pointing that out has landed the media in trouble.

Nicknaming the mini heatwave the ‘Roast from Russia’ – purely because of its origins- has not gone down too well with the Kremlin’s Embassy in London.

While Britons celebrated the sunshine and raced for the beaches, the Embassy accused the press of ‘blaming’ Moscow for the weather.

Thousands of people take to the beach in Brighton and Hove on the May Bank Holiday as a hotspell from Russia warms the UK 

Thousands of people take to the beach in Brighton and Hove on the May Bank Holiday as a hotspell from Russia warms the UK 

Thousands of people take to the beach in Brighton and Hove on the May Bank Holiday as a hotspell from Russia warms the UK 

The Russian Embassy accused the British media of blaming the weather on the country. The weather dubbed the 'Roast from Russia' followed the 'Beast from the East'

The Russian Embassy accused the British media of blaming the weather on the country. The weather dubbed the 'Roast from Russia' followed the 'Beast from the East'

The Russian Embassy accused the British media of blaming the weather on the country. The weather dubbed the ‘Roast from Russia’ followed the ‘Beast from the East’

 The Russian Embassy retweeted a story from The Mirror, which referenced the warm blast moving in from the Continent.

The headline which called the sunny spell the ‘Roast from Russia’ was seized upon by the Embassy in London, which frequently attacks the British media.

The Embassy wrote: ‘When in doubt what to do, blame Russia.’

However, the hotspell is literally being swept from the southern parts of Russia to the UK, leading meteorologists to dub the heatwave the ‘Roast from Russia’.

It is not the first time the weather has been linked to Moscow. In February, temperatures plummeted to -5C and an extreme weather warning was issued. The chill coming from Siberia was subbed the Beast from the East. 

Winds from the east, caused the mercury to plummet – with even daytime temperatures struggling to rise above zero.  

The weather is set to become mixed as the month progresses, and the May 19 wedding of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle draws near.

Royal bride Meghan may be hoping the rain will stay away for her big day at Windsor Castle.

Looking at the long range forecast, which is not as accurate as the shorter range forecast, Mr Powell said: ‘It looks like we should be prepared for some pretty changeable weather throughout the second half of May.

‘We’re still going to see some dry days, but there’s still going to be some wet days mixed in as well.’ 

Referring to the day of the eagerly anticipated wedding, Mr Powell added: ‘We’ve got this idea that there could be some warmer spells, most likely across the south and east of England, so at least that bodes well for wedding locations and things like that.’ 

The Met Office warned that those would with hay fever could have a gloomy day because tree pollen levels would be moderate to high for many

The Met Office warned that those would with hay fever could have a gloomy day because tree pollen levels would be moderate to high for many

UV index rates

UV index rates

The Met Office warned that those would with hay fever could have a gloomy day because tree pollen levels would be moderate to high for many. Pictured: Pollen index rate (left) and UV index rate (right) 

The Met Office proudly declared shortly before 11am that the new record had been set, when thermometers clocked 75F (24.2C) in Herstmonceux. The previous record for the May Bank Holiday Monday was 74.5F (23C), set in 1999

The Met Office proudly declared shortly before 11am that the new record had been set, when thermometers clocked 75F (24.2C) in Herstmonceux. The previous record for the May Bank Holiday Monday was 74.5F (23C), set in 1999

The Met Office proudly declared shortly before 11am that the new record had been set, when thermometers clocked 75F (24.2C) in Herstmonceux. The previous record for the May Bank Holiday Monday was 74.5F (23C), set in 1999

The South East can expect the highest temperatures, while Wales and Scotland will also enjoy warm weather in the mid to high 70s (23C)

The South East can expect the highest temperatures, while Wales and Scotland will also enjoy warm weather in the mid to high 70s (23C)

The South East can expect the highest temperatures, while Wales and Scotland will also enjoy warm weather in the mid to high 70s (23C)

Sunrise at Chesterton Windmill, Lemington Spa, on Monday. The early May bank holiday is expected to break high temperature records

Sunrise at Chesterton Windmill, Lemington Spa, on Monday. The early May bank holiday is expected to break high temperature records

Sunrise at Chesterton Windmill, Lemington Spa, on Monday. The early May bank holiday is expected to break high temperature records

The brief spell of summer weather is due to hot air coming in from 86F (30C) southern Russia, leading meteorologists to dub the heatwave the 'Roast from Russia'

The brief spell of summer weather is due to hot air coming in from 86F (30C) southern Russia, leading meteorologists to dub the heatwave the 'Roast from Russia'

The brief spell of summer weather is due to hot air coming in from 86F (30C) southern Russia, leading meteorologists to dub the heatwave the ‘Roast from Russia’

The sun rises behind and above the Silver Jubilee Bridge (Runcorn Bridge) and Mersey Gateway between Runcorn and Widnes over the River Mersey, Cheshire on Monday 

The sun rises behind and above the Silver Jubilee Bridge (Runcorn Bridge) and Mersey Gateway between Runcorn and Widnes over the River Mersey, Cheshire on Monday 

The sun rises behind and above the Silver Jubilee Bridge (Runcorn Bridge) and Mersey Gateway between Runcorn and Widnes over the River Mersey, Cheshire on Monday