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Temperatures in Scotland fall short of setting new record

Hot air from Africa has brought high temperatures to the country over the last week.

Sun: Highest temperature of the year recorded.
Sun: Highest temperature of the year recorded.

Temperatures in Scotland fell just short of setting a new record during last week's heatwave.

Hot air from Africa has brought high temperatures to the country over the last week.

Last week saw records broken in Scotland, with 33.2C initially being recorded at Strathclyde Park near Motherwell.

But despite the initial figure, forecasters have now not accepted the reading, resulting in the record not being broken.

A stationary vehicle with its engine running was parked too closely to the equipment used to gather data, the Met Office said.

Dr Mark McCarthy, of the Met Office, said: "At first review the Motherwell record appeared plausible given the wider conditions on the day and was therefore reported as such.

"However for all new records we undertake further careful investigation to ensure that the measurement is robust.

"This investigation includes statistical analysis of the station data, evaluation against neighbouring sites, and in some cases an additional site visit to check for unexpected issues with the instrument enclosure or equipment to ensure the measurement meets our required standards."

The highest temperature of the year was at Bishopton in Renfrewshire, hitting 31.9C on Thursday, the warmest June day since 1893.

It means 32.9C at Greycrook in the Borders in 2003 still stands as Scotland's hottest ever day.

STV weather presenter Sean Batty said: "Last Thursday was Scotland's warmest day for a number of years and it was also Glasgow and Renfrewshire's hottest day on record with a high of 31.9C.

"On the same day, 33.2C was recorded at the weather station in Motherwell, however after a site visit today to check the calibration of the equipment, this value has not been accepted.

"This is disappointing as 33.2C would have made it Scotland's hottest day on record, beating the previous record of 32.9C at Greycrook in the Borders during the heatwave summer of 2003.

"Despite this, June has still been a truly exceptional month of weather.

"Scotland had its fourth sunniest and warmest June on record, with many station records broken in the last few weeks."

'Scotland had its fourth sunniest and warmest June on record, with many station records broken in the last few weeks.'
Sean Batty

Records were still set in some parts of the country last week.

Sean added: "Eskdalemuir in Dumfriesshire recorded a high of 29.9C on the 28th of the month, which is the highest ever recorded at the site in over 100 years of records.

"Kinloss also broke its temperature record, with records here going back 65 years.

"Fyvie Castle, Dunstaffnage, Kinross, Dalwhinie, Aviemore and Salsburgh all broke their high temperature record too.

"Some of the nights were very warm too, with Grangemouth reporting its warmest night on record on the 28th with a low of 17.5C recorded.

"Millport also broke its overnight record after 47 years with a low of 16.8C on the 29th.

"Ayrshire was the sunniest part of the country, with Prestwick clocking up 268 hours of brilliant sunshine through the month. That works out at an amazing average of nine hours of sunshine per day."

Temperatures are expected to continue in the mid 20s into next week.

Sean said: "The fine, settled weather is set to continue for the majority of the country this weekend and into next week.

"Showery rain may still affect some northern parts but temperatures will stay in the low to mid 20s."

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