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Scotland braced for Atlantic showers after just a two day heatwave

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Sunny spells and temperatures up to 24C (75F) can still be expected up to Tuesday with the north east eventually sharing in the brief heatwave. But the high pressure from the Azores which has brought the balmy conditions will then be pushed out of the way inviting in showers from the Atlantic. Sophie Yeomans of the Met Office said: ”If you like nice sunny weather – and it is not everyone who does – Sunday and Monday are definitely the days to enjoy it.

“The high pressure system has been keeping things dry and settled, with some lovely conditions across Scotland.

“But gardeners might be happier come Tuesday, when the showers come in and Wednesday, when heavier rainfall is expected.”

Despite the perception of a showery summer so far, parts of Scotland have been placed on an early drought warning by environment watchdogs, SEPA.

Its water scarcity situation report, published on Friday, says river levels are unseasonably low in the Clyde and Ayrshire areas.

In addition, an eastern section of the country including Fife, Central, Angus and Grampian are also sitting below where water levels should be.

The SEPA report adds:”Despite the current and expected rainfall in the east of the country, groundwater levels remain low for this time of the year.

“So any further dry weather in this area will see levels decline.”

Ms Yeomans said there were conflicting signals in the long-range weather forecast for the rest of July, with a 50/50 split for fine or unsettled weather.

Meanwhile, thousands flocked to the penultimate day of the Scottish Open at the Renaissance Course near North Berwick in East Lothian.

And the bumper crowds are sure to be repeated for today’s final round.

Over in Glasgow, 50,000 music fans continued to enjoy the weather at the country’s major outdoor festival, TRNSMT.

Stewart Simpson, event manager for St Andrew’s First Aid said: “The majority of people we’re seeing is due to the weather or pre-existing conditions.

“It’s expected to be hot again today so please come prepared, but also remember to bring a light coat or jacket for the evening when the temperature will be lower.

“If you’re drinking alcohol ,please do it responsibly – pace yourself and make sure you also eat and stay hydrated. We encourage everyone to keep using sun cream as the weather continues to be hot.

“Look after yourselves and your friends – and if you do feel unwell or need any assistance, we’re here to help.”

Glamis Castle in Angus hosted the 45th Scottish Transport Extravaganza which saw thousands of enthusiasts turning up to see the exhibits.

Administrator Lesley Munro said:”We are finding things a lot busier today. There were some showers earlier on but it is drying up nicely now and everyone seems to be happy. We are expecting between 10,000 and 15,000 people through the gates.”

The event was showcasing over 200 examples of vintage and classic vehicles in the grounds of the childhood home of the Queen Mother.

Tomorrow, attention turns to the Clyde Coast, which is expected to draw thousands of Glaswegians celebrating the city’s traditional ‘Fair’ holiday.

Ayr Racecourse is staging a Family Day, where under 18’s go free and a host of activities is on offer, including face painting, treasure hunt and fairground rides.

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