UK weather forecast: Britain set for Bank Holiday weekend washout but south will enjoy balmy 20C temperatures


BRITAIN is set for a Bank Holiday weekend washout as rain and strong winds are set to batter the north of the country.

Thundery showers will drench Scotland with wind then blowing clouds down to the west of England.

Cold weather coming into the UK from the continent threatens to change this week’s balmy temps

However, while the north sees miserable conditions the south of the country will enjoy balmy 20C temperatures for most of the Bank Holiday weekend.

“It’s likely that the weather’s going to turn a bit more changeable,” meteorologist Mark Wilson said.

“It’s dry across most of the country at the moment but by the time we get to the bank holiday there’s going to be much more cloud around.

“That cloud cover could be thick enough to bring showers and some spells of rain and we are likely to see bands of rain spreading their way eastwards across the UK.”

He added: “Some areas will see some brightness but all of us will see some cloud and some rain.”

Mr Wilson said that temperatures were likely to peak at around 20C (68F) compared to highs of 22C to 23C midweek.

“The temperature will be pleasant but not quite as high as we have been seeing,” he said.

Today much of the country will enjoy warm, sunny spells, but with some isolated showers.

We are likely to see bands of rain spreading their way eastwards across the UK

Met Office

Temperatures reached as high as 20.5C in Cavendish in the South East yesterday, with lows of 2.3C in Sennybridge, South Wales.

But heavier, thundery showers are forecast for parts of Scotland.

As the week progresses, showery rain will strike hardest in the west on Thursday – but it will be largely dry and bright elsewhere.

Friday is also set to be sunny but with the chance of isolated showers.

A cloudy but warm weekend is expected for the Bank Holiday, with temperatures “a little below average” for this time of the year.

Changeable and rather cool weather is likely to continue throughout the half term week, the Met Office warned.

Despite the current unpredictable weather, Britain is said to be on track for a summer scorcher of a summer.

The mercury is set to hit sizzling highs of 30C (86F) in June, according to forecasts.

Those who are escaping to Europe for the long weekend will have a better time of it, with Spain and the south of France looking at highs in the low 30s.

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“Unfortunately, the UK is not going to be particularly sunny compared to parts of Europe,” Mr Wilson said.

The gloomy weather will be in stark contrast to the spring bank holiday last year, where most of the country enjoyed warm sunshine.

But the country could probably do without a repeat of the flash floods and thunderstorms seen in parts of southern England in the wake of the heatwave.

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