Early May Bank Holiday forecast to be the hottest on record

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The UK is set for its warmest May Day Bank Holiday ever on a scorching weekend - but Britons will have to make the most of the nice weather before rain and thunderstorms arrive next week.

In Brighton and Hove temperatures are expected to reach 23C on Saturday, according to the Met Office. Pollen levels are also set to increase to at least moderate levels.

Saturday will see highs of 24C (75.2F), and Sunday will see temperatures rise to 25C (77F) - with the potential for 29C (84.2F) in some places on Monday.

'There is an outside chance the highest temperature recorded last month could be beaten'.

He added: "Temperatures day by day are going to creep up".

There may even be the odd isolated thunderstorm in the east and the south.

Temperatures will reach between 16 and 18 degrees in most parts of the county, although it will be cooler near coasts.

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Unfortunately the good weather probably won't last long. Scotland and Northern Ireland will be a little cooler.

Met Office forecasters say early fog patches will soon clear to leave another dry, warm and sunny day in the region.

On Monday, three inches of rain fell in 24 hours in the wettest areas yesterday - 50 per cent more than the April average.

It comes just a week after the country was caught out by downpours and plummeting temperatures.

One man died after apparently being washed off the pier in Ramsgate, Kent, by a giant wave.

Trains were cancelled as engineers struggled to reopen lines hit by flooding and fallen trees.

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