The latest BBC weather forecast shows frost gripping parts of the UK within just 24 hours, as temperatures plunge across the country. BBC meteorologist Phil Avery said that this weekend could see a “new record for the coldest Bank Holiday in August”. Temperatures will drop to just 2C by Sunday morning, as the cold dampens the hopes of ‘stay-cations’ this weekend.
The cold means there has been an overall 15C drop from the sweltering temperatures recorded this time last year.
Avery explained: “If we don’t get to 18C this weekend, that would set a new record for the coldest Bank Holiday weekend in August.
“It is mainly dry this weekend. As the day gets going, the western side of the UK should even see some decent sunny spells.
“But that weather front that has brought in so much disruption and rain is taking its time to pull away this morning. There are showers, and wind coming in from the North Sea.”
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The meteorologist continued: “The strengths of the gust on the eastern side of the country are strong.
“The wind will reach up to 50 miles per hour along those exposed eastern coast so be careful if you’re out and about.
“That wind and cloud gradually drifts itself down into East Anglia and London.
“And because the wind is essentially from the north, it is not going to be warm.
The metereologist said: “There will be some dry weather, some sunshine, it just won’t be very warm.
“Last year’s August bank holiday we recorded 33C, and we are talking about 18C this year.
The forecast for the coldest Bank Holiday Monday on record comes after torrential rain caused flooding in parts of the UK.
Commenting on the Bank Holiday weekend, meteorologist Emma Salter said: “We’ll see an improving picture throughout the weekend but it will be quite chilly, as far as August is concerned, particularly in the north.”