Londoners queue around the block for lidos as temperatures soar to 27C on hottest May Bank Holiday Monday ever

A number of outdoor pools were forced to close early.

Londoners flocked to public lidos throughout the capital as temperatures continued to soar on Bank Holiday Monday - leading to many being turned away.

Bystanders captured the scene at Brockwell Park lido, where dozens of revellers were forced to queue around the block in the hopes of a quick dip.

Lidos in Brockwell, Tooting , Hampton and Richmond upon Thames were forced to either close early or deny entry due to overcrowding as the mercury rose to 27C.

Sharing a photo of a long queue at Brockwell lido , Daniel Fellows said on Twitter : "Classic London - hot day, 9.30am, [and the] queue for Herne Hill lido is 150 deep!"

Eve Parker added: "We left Tooting Bec Lido at 11.30am this morning and the queues were so very long - already packed inside."

Both Ruislip and Hampstead Heath lidos were also forced to close after reaching full capacity.

Temperatures have already hit 27.6C Heathrow Airport with forecasters predicting highs of 29C in central London.

The previous record for a May Bank Holiday Monday is 23.6C which was set in 1999.

Looking at the long-range forecast, which is not as accurate as the shorter range forecast, Met Office forecaster Charlie Powell said: "It looks like we should be prepared for some pretty changeable weather throughout the second half of May.

"We're still going to see some dry days, but there's still going to be some wet days mixed in as well."

Referring to the day of the eagerly anticipated wedding, Mr Powell added: "We've got this idea that there could be some warmer spells, most likely across the south and east of England, so at least that bodes well for wedding locations and things like that.

He said temperatures will generally be above normal, but this will depend on whether it is a sunny day or a sunny, wetter day.

"So it doesn't look like it's going to carry on in a similar kind of vein to high pressure in charge, sunshine, light winds, high temperatures, that we have now.

Neither does it look like it's going to be a complete washout, horrible end to the month of May.

"But I think we can expect things to be not as warm as they are now, but also not as dry as they are now," he said.

Mr Powell added: "Fingers crossed it all kind of ties in with one of the drier days."

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