TUESDAY could be the hottest day of the year so far with the Met Office saying temperatures are to reach 25C in parts of Scotland.

The west of the country is the most likely area expected to experience the soaring temperatures.

Sunday marked the hottest day of the year so far across the UK, with Plymouth hitting a high of 24.4C.

Met Office meteorologist Dan Stroud however has said that Scotland could see temperatures of 25C on Tuesday in “one of two spots… most likely across west Scotland”.

He added: “But after that we’re expecting temperatures to subside just a little as we move forward towards the middle and end of the week.”

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Stroud added that temperatures will remain “generally above average” but not meet “heatwave criteria”.

He continued: “We’ve got high pressure sending across at the moment, which is bringing dry and settled weather and some late spring, early summer sunshine.

“We’re expecting similar conditions for the rest of the week and into next weekend and probably beyond. So an extended spell of dry and settled weather.”

Stroud said that May has been “very dry” with “just slightly more than half the normal amount of rainfall we would actually expect”.