Tayside has enjoyed one of its hottest ever days in the last month – almost smashing a record which has been unchallenged for over three decades.
Analysis from the James Hutton Institute showed that a peak temperature of 26.7C was recorded at its monitoring station at MyInefield, in Invergowrie.
It’s the second hottest single day in June that the Institute has ever recorded and came close to the record still held by June 5 1982, when the mercury hit 27.8C.
Back then, Madness were enjoying the first of two consecutive weeks at number one with House of Fun, the Pope had just wrapped up a visit to Scotland, and the national football team were 10 days away from kicking off in the World Cup in Spain.
Meanwhile, the Tele’s front page led with news on the Falklands War, ET – The Extra Terrestrial was released and the Tories had just held on to Tayside Regional Council, after elections in May.
Overall, it was the 15th warmest, 12th driest and 14th sunniest June since James Hutton began recording weather data in 1954.
Rachel West, meteorologist at the Met Office, said: “We’ve seen a lot of good weather in June for the Dundee and Tayside area and we’re expecting that to continue for the next few weeks.
“It’s looking like we’ll be seeing temperatures in the low to mid-20s in that area.
“The max temperature is normally between 17-18C and we’re seeing between 24-25C which is well above the average.
“It’s hard to bridge the gap between forecasting the weather and forecasting any potential impact that may cause.
“We’ve seen already what’s happened with the moor fires in the north of England and Northern Ireland and they’ve now got the hosepipe ban in the latter.
“We’re starting to see more correspondence on that subject and I would say this is something to watch out for.
“What some people don’t realise is that this kind of weather can be a problem for some people.
“It can be quite dangerous for the elderly, vulnerable people, pregnant women. So we would ask people to at least be mindful of this and certainly be aware of any potential difficulties.”
High levels of UV radiation and clear skies also means there are greater chances of sunburn and heat exhaustion.
However, a spokesman for Scottish Water told the Tele that there were no large areas where the heat and dry spells had affected supplies so far.
He added: “Scottish Water is managing water supplies across the country through this extended dry period and will continue to monitor the situation closely.
“Average reservoir levels throughout Scotland are about normal for this time of year.”
The only areas affected are parts of Moray and the town of Stornoway on the Isle of Lewis.
The water board said this was due to lower-than-normal levels in the River Spey and a loch that supplies a local treatment works.
Neighbourhood services convener Councillor Kevin Cordell said: “I would encourage everyone who is out enjoying this nice weather to make sure they take pride in their city.
“Our open spaces are a tremendous asset for us all and we should all feel a responsibility for maintaining it. It’s always disappointing to hear of people not tidying up after themselves.
“I want people coming to the city to enjoy all it has to offer but I would certainly ho pe folk would be considerate of others.
“Our Take Pride in Your City campaign is working to ensure our city is clean for everyone to enjoy.”