Scotland is set to have its hottest day of the year so far with temperatures soaring to 27C.
The central belt, Moray coast and the north Highlands will be hit with 25 -27C weather on Friday and Saturday.
While very warm conditions can be expected in most areas, the east coast, in particular around Aberdeen, Aberdeenshire and Angus the temperatures here will be pegged back slightly by sea breezes.
Top temperatures in the Northern Isles are likely to only reach about 15C at best too.
STV News’ meteorologist Sean Batty said: “Scotland had its warmest day of the year last week with a high of 24.2C recorded in Aviemore.
“The weather took a turn for the worse at the end of the week with some areas having their wettest and windiest days for months.
“Achnagart in the north Highlands actually had its wettest May day on record with 97mm of rain falling on Friday, which topped 57 years of records.
“After a brief blip in the otherwise fine weather, things are looking up once again this week with high pressure and warm and sunny weather returning.
“It looks as if the temperatures will go higher than last week, so it’s likely that we’ll experience our warmest conditions of the year so far on Friday and Saturday.”
‘Most of the country will see plenty of sunshine, especially towards the weekend, and with just four weeks to go until the summer solstice, the sun doesn’t get much stronger.’STV Meteorologist Sean Batty
Sean added: “Most of the country will see plenty of sunshine, especially towards the weekend, and with just four weeks to go until the summer solstice, the sun doesn’t get much stronger.
“This combined with a slight easing of lockdown and people now being able to sit in parks and take part in more outdoor activities, it’s extremely important that everyone remembers their sun tan lotion and to stay hydrated.
“This warm spell will also come as very welcome news for garden centres on their first weekend of opening after lockdown.”
However, the warm conditions could bring a risk of a few isolated thunderstorms developing, with the main risk in the north Highlands at the weekend.
Sean said: “The chances of getting one of these will be very small, and is more likely to develop in the mountains, but of course this could roll down towards any surrounding villages. Small risk, but worth noting.
“Some forecast computer models indicate a change to more unsettled and cooler conditions returning later next week, although this is just a few models, with some extending the fine weather way beyond so stay tuned for any changes, but for now, enjoy.”