TEMPERATURES are set to top 25C today as the county continues to bask in sunshine.

The UK has recorded its hottest day of the year so far, after temperatures in the South East peaked at 27.5C yesterday afternoon.

Parts of the country were warmer than some Greek islands such as Santorini, Crete and Mykonos, and even Los Angeles in California.

The Argus: Temperatures are set to soar in Brighton todayTemperatures are set to soar in Brighton today

The mercury hit 24C in Brighton with the Met Office predicting that temperatures will climb even higher today.

The weather service said the hot weather was due to an air mass from the south bringing up mild air, particularly impacting areas in the South East.

However, it is forecast that temperatures will slowly decline as the week goes on and the air mass moves, bringing in fresher air and temperatures closer to the average for this time of year.

Met Office forecaster Oli Claydon said: “We’ve got an air mass moving up from the south which is helping to bring some warm air with it and why we’re seeing some of the highest temperatures of the year.

“It’s the same reason why we’ve been seeing the thunderstorms over the past few days as well. That will change as we go through the week, with fronts moving in and bringing ever so slightly fresher air.

“One thing to note is that the particular high of 26C is quite confined to the south east.”

The previous highest temperature recorded so far this year was 23.6C (73.48F) in Faversham, Kent, on May 6.

Below is the Met Office weather forecast for Brighton from today to Sunday, May 22:


Dry, with warm sunny spells for much of the day. Increasingly cloudy and breezy from late afternoon with showers or longer spells of rain, locally thundery, spreading east through the evening. Chance of torrential downpours, hail and lightning. Maximum temperature 25 °C.


Showers or longer spells of rain, locally heavy and perhaps thundery, will gradually clear eastwards overnight. Dry conditions with clear spells will follow for most, with winds becoming light. Minimum temperature 11 °C.


Any isolated showers at daybreak soon dying out, then a fine and dry day on Thursday, with warm sunny spells and generally light winds. Maximum temperature 24 °C.

Outlook for Friday to Sunday:

Bright start Friday, perhaps thundery showers, with a further band of rain or showers later. Saturday and Sunday, mostly dry with sunny spells. Breezier Saturday. Temperatures nearer normal.