Cloud and cooler temperatures are hitting Scotland after days of hot weather.

The Met Office has revealed that showers are expected across the country over the next couple of days as the sun is once again hidden by dark clouds. 

Rain is predicted for the northeast of Scotland on Wednesday and many other regions on Thursday, with temperatures unlikely to climb much higher than 15C in most places.

The disappointing weather comes after several days of glorious sunshine.

There will be a “very different feeling” on Wednesday for many people, as a band of cloud and rain spreads south and east, introducing cooler, fresher air and increasing winds, according to the Met Office.

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Meteorologist Steven Keates said there is “a big change” for many parts of the UK, adding: “On Tuesday we had temperature highs of 26.9C in Gosport.

"It will be much cooler than that.

“If you have been used to the sunshine, blue skies and warmth – it may be a bit of a shock to the system and a disappointment.

“We will also be seeing some welcome rain for most of us. The month of May has been exceptionally dry and so there will be some useful rain for gardeners and growers over the next few days.”

Temperatures soared across the country today last week on the hottest day of the year so far. 

You can see some of Friday's action from Portobello Beach in the pictures below. 

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The mercury hit 26.2C in Aviemore in the Highlands before noon on Friday, while Aboyne in Aberdeenshire and Achnagart in the Highlands recorded high temperatures of 26C and 25.8C respectively.

The heatwave came as lockdown rules were relaxed meaning people are now allowed to sit and sunbathe in local parks and meet family and friends outdoors.