Scotland has enjoyed sizzling temperatures as parts of the country enjoyed the warmest day of the year so far.
On Thursday, the mercury reached 25.6C in Eskdalemuir in Dumfries and Galloway – the highest temperature recorded in 2021 since June.
The country is set to continue to enjoy warm temperatures over the next few days, potentially reaching highs of 28C.
However parts of the north and west will see some outbreaks of rain, particularly on Sunday.
STV meteorologist Sean Batty said: “For many parts of the country it’s been the warmest day of the year so far, with our top spot being Eskdalemuir in Dumfries and Galloway, hitting 25.6C. That’s equal to our record so far for 2021, recorded in Prestwick at the start of June. This is in stark contrast to today’s high of just 14C in the Isle of Harris.
“The weather is set to stay settled and warm for the foreseeable as high pressure settles over the country. But as is normally the case in Scotland, there are exceptions to the fine weather.
“It looks like the far north and west will see a lot of cloud coming and going over the next few days with outbreaks of rain, especially on Sunday. The best of the sunshine and highest temperatures will be in southern and eastern parts of the country.
“I think Aberdeenshire, Angus, Perthshire, Fife and Edinburgh will see the highest temperatures through the weekend with a possibility of peaking around 28C in a few spots, especially away from the coasts.
“Monday looks like a cloudier day for all with showery rain, and it will be a little cooler, but another surge in temperatures may occur midweek with highs back into the mid 20s.
“Those out enjoying the sunshine at the weekend should remember that UV levels are very high at this time of year, and burn time is around 20 minutes, so please wear a high factor lotion.
“For any farmers or gardeners hoping for rain, it’ll be a long wait for most away from the far north west Highlands and Western Isles. The mainly dry conditions look like continuing until next weekend.”