I was very confident that the 23.6C recorded back on the 27th March at Aboyne would fall this week as the highest temperature recorded so far this year. During Tuesday afternoon it looked like Kinlochewe might just about manage it as it crept up to 23.5C at 3pm, but then the temperature started to slope off.
Attention turned to Lossiemouth just after 3pm as the temperature there took a sudden surge and blasted the mercury to 23.9C and robbed Aboyne of it's '2012 Hotspot' trophy.
Lossiemouth might only hold this title for a day or two as I reckon temperatures will push towards 25C and possibly a little higher in parts of the north and north-west. I reckon Kinlochewe, Altnaharra, Loch Glascarnoch, Inverness, Skye or our Glen Spean weather station will take this record by close of Friday.
Lots of you have been asking about the weekend weather and whether you can go ahead and organise a BBQ. Well the skies are looking clear and blue for the weekend for pretty much everywhere. The only problem is that eastern parts of the country will have a breeze off the North Sea bringing fresher air here with highs generally around 17-18C during the weekend while many inland western parts will still have high into the low 20s.