GLASGOW is set to bake in hot sunshine this week after a scorcher on Wednesday.

Rain and thunderstorms finally made way for great weather on Wednesday - as the mercury rose to a sweltering 23C - with the trend set to continue in the run up to the weekend, according to the Met Office.

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Hot air will move in from continental Europe, bringing with it drier, sunnier and warmer conditions - and Glasgow and its surrounding areas will see the mercury soar to 25C on Thursday and Friday.

Scotland will also see the mercury to rise above 20C on Saturday.

Met Office spokeswoman Nicola Maxey said: “The continent is seeing some very high temperatures, with record-breaking temperatures expected across France, Spain and Belgium.

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“We are not seeing temperatures as hot as Europe, but it will be warm for the UK.”

Both the UV index and the pollen count are forecast to remain high this week.

Ms Maxey said: “People who suffer from hay fever might feel quite uncomfortable.”