Temperatures are set to rise across Scotland just in time for Easter weekend after a spell of frosty weather.
Scots are expected to see highs of 17C in parts of the country on Saturday and Sunday, particularly in central and southern areas closest to the warmer air.
The heatwave is set to come from hot air blown 2000 miles from the Sahara Desert.
However, on the days leading up to the weekend parts of the country could see heavy rain, thunder and even some hail too.
STV Weather reporter Philip Petrie said: “The rest of this week is remaining relatively unsettled as we see further frontal systems moving in from the south.
“These bring with them some blustery winds and bands of rain over the next couple of days – and there is the chance we could hear the odd rumble of thunder and some hail in the mix too.
“For the second part of the week though we find ourselves in a southerly airflow, with warm air being dragged in from the south.
“This means that despite some cloudy conditions it will be feeling warm, as our winds are originating from the Sahara.
“There is likely to be a plume of Saharan dust following on from this southerly airflow, so it could lead to some stunning red skies, sunsets and some dust remnants on cars in any showers.
“Looking ahead to Easter weekend and there is still some uncertainty, but at the moment there is the chance we could be seeing temperatures reaching highs of 17C, particularly in central and southern areas closest to the warmer air.
“It won’t quite make it Scotland’s warmest Easter on record, but after what seems like a very wintry start to spring, it will certainly be a welcome relief.”