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40 Celsius in parts of UK but Caithness is much cooler

By David G Scott

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Sunshine through patches of cloud at Watten today. Picture: DGS
Sunshine through patches of cloud at Watten today. Picture: DGS

Rising temperatures in the UK have hit over 40 degrees in some places but Caithness will be lucky to see temperatures exceed 25 degrees today, according to the Met Office.

The highest temperatures being recorded are inland with Dalganachan near Braemore hitting 23 degrees whilst Kinbrace has recorded 26 degrees.

Wick weather watcher Keith Banks said: "Caithness will experience its hottest day of the year so far today with temperatures soaring into the 20s Celsius. Favoured inland localities could see highs up to 25C perhaps even 26C.

"In Wick this morning in the sunshine and gentle breeze the temperature had already climbed to a very warm 21C (70F).

"The hot weather has been caused by an exceptionally hot 'Spanish plume'. This has imported air originating from North Africa across Europe that has been warmed even more by the process of subsidence caused by an area of high pressure located over the continent."

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