Scotland has enjoyed its warmest day in September for more than a century as the country enjoys sweltering temperatures.
On Wednesday, temperatures reached 28.6C in Charterhall in the Scottish Borders – the warmest September day since 1906 when Gordon Castle in Moray reached 32.2C.
STV weather presenter Philip Petrie said: “Well it seems over the past 12 to 13 days we have had fairly fine, dry and settled weather across large areas of the country, all thanks to the influence of high pressure.
“That high pressure system is now out across parts of Europe but still extending its influence across the whole of the UK giving us some long spells of sunshine, and the possibility of some record breaking temperatures today.
“At 10am this morning we were already seeing highs of 25C and 26C around Auchincruive and Prestwick and since then we have reached a high of 28.6C at Charterhall, making this our warmest September day on record since 1906 – some exceptionally high temperatures for the time of year.”
However Philip warned that there is a likelihood of thunderstorms on Thursday following the high temperatures enjoyed on Wednesday.
“It’s all change tomorrow, as is the case anytime we experience high temperatures we are sometimes likely to experience thunderstorms afterwards, and tomorrow we see low pressure taking control of our weather and pushing a frontal system in from the south,” he said.
“This brings with it a large band of cloud, and areas of rain that will spread across much of the country.
“Some of this rain will be locally heavy at times, and we could hear the odd rumble of thunder so the Met Office have issued a thunderstorm warning that covers practically the whole of Scotland, as it is likely we could see some localised flooding, surface water and in some spots between 20-30mm of rain within an hour.
“It is very hit or miss though, as some areas may stay dry all day.
“Out in the far west of the Atlantic at the moment is Hurricane Larry, which is set to make landfall around eastern parts of the United States later this week.
“Although Larry will not directly impact our weather, as it moves north it will push high pressure towards us and that looks set to bring a more settled spell of weather for us early next week.”