Weather experts have predicted Scotland will enjoy the hottest day of the year in July.
According to their research Scotland will experience temperatures of 26°C on July 7, making it the hottest Scottish summer for 100 years.
After weeks of uncertainty, long-range forecasts have in the past few days started to agree that an imminent and perhaps unprecedented heatwave summer is on the way.
The tail end of El Nino – the same Pacific climate cycle which battered the UK with storms in the autumn – looks set to bring a prolonged spell of sunshine with the warmer La Nina weather system from the start of June.
Exacta Weather forecaster James Madden said: “Temperatures will be on a gradual increase to even warmer values within this period.
“High 20s or even 30C are not out of the question with this type of high pressure set-up over the UK.”
Weather experts predict temperatures here to top 22C and some say we could be on track for a three-month scorching spell.
Summer 2016 could put previous hot years in 1915, 1949,1959, 1976, 2003, firmly in the shade.
Each of these years saw either record high temperatures for a limited time or unusually long periods of hot weather with 35.9C (96.6F) recorded in July 1976.