How long will Scotland's 25C warm spell last?

After weeks of waiting, summer is set to sweep into Scotland on Thursday.

Summer: How long will Scotland’s 25C warm spell last? batuhan toker via iStock

For the last five weeks we’ve been searching all over for summer as the kids climb the walls looking for something to do during the holidays.

But finally, after weeks of waiting, summer is set to sweep into Scotland on Thursday.

However, before you get too excited, it’s only here for several hours.

On Thursday, a plume of warm air from northwest Africa will drift north and boost temperatures in parts of Scotland to the mid 20s – a very rare thing so far this summer.

I expect the top spots to be places like Lossiemouth, Elgin, Nairn and Buckie on the north coast, along with a few spots in North Lanarkshire and Haddington, Gullane, North Berwick and Dunbar in East Lothian.

On Friday, temperatures will have dropped away by a few degrees, but some parts of the north and east coast will still manage the mid-20s, before the fresher conditions spread east later.

Unfortunately, in typical Scottish style, there will be a payback for this brief warmth in the form of rain.

Heavy showers are likely to form during Friday and Saturday with thundery downpours likely. These could lead to very localised issues such as flood issues on some roads.

While not everyone will experience torrential downpours, the temperatures will come down across the country with highs on Sunday around 15 to 17C for many.

But is this first sign of a more prolonged spell of summer warmth?

Well, it remains showery to start next week but there are signs that it will settle back down later, but this time the pressure rise will be to the north of the country.

That means the air flow is most likely to be from the north east meaning temperatures would not be as high, but to be honest, I think even just more settled conditions would be welcome – even though it is a bit late for the school holidays.

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