Scotland is sweltering - the week long heatwave has brought us the hottest days of the year, with temperatures climbing into the high 20s. 

It's not necessarily the July weather we are used to seeing but the sunshine is hugely welcome, particularly with the pandemic making foreign travel complex. 

For once, Scottish temperatures are comparable to our English compatriots down south, for whom a hot July is less surprising.

But just how long will the heatwave stay? 

Here's everything you need to know...

How long will the heatwave last?

Temperatures in Scotland have been slowly rising over the past week; high teens rolled into early twenties before rocketing upwards and peaking just below thirty. 

It's weather more reminiscent of southern England or mainland Europe, but we certainly aren't complaining as Scotland gets some well deserved and long awaited sunshine. 

The real question is how long will it hang around?

Well, here comes the good news because according to the weather forecast, we could be in for another week of pleasant temperatures. 

Although the balmy high twenties may cool slightly, temperatures are set to hover around the low twenties for the next week, before dipping slightly into the high teens.

Cloud cover across Scotland could make it feel colder, however in most parts temperatures will range from 17-21 degrees from Saturday onwards. 

Glasgow in particular will remain hot over the next couple of days at around 27 degrees, with Edinburgh set to stay about 5 degrees cooler. 

Aberdeen will see high teens this weekend, while Inverness will stay on the right side of the 20 degree mark. 

Meanwhile the picture in the central belt is fairly similar to Glasgow, sitting firmly in the mid twenties. 

Does Scotland have any Met Office warnings for extreme hot weather? 

Extreme heat weather warnings have been put in place for areas of southwest England and Wales in a Met Office first.

However, although temperatures may feel very hot in Scotland, no such warnings are in place.

The warnings mean that vulnerable people such as the elderly, children or those with underlying health conditions could experience adverse health effects from the heat.