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29th Apr 2024

Bank holiday set to be a scorcher as Met Office issues new update

Charlie Herbert

Bank holiday set to be a scorcher as Met Office issues new update

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The UK looks set to enjoy some much-improved weather this bank holiday weekend as temperatures soar.

This April has been doing its best November impression, with much of the country experiencing chilly temperatures not far above single figures and stormy conditions, particularly over the last few days.

But finally, it seems like the weather is changing.

This week, the mercury could touch 20C – or more in parts of the UK, according to the Met Office.

Over the weekend, the Met Office said the UK looks set to enjoy some sunshine and much milder temperatures in the coming days.

And on Monday afternoon, the forecaster has released a fresh update, saying that temperatures could hit 22C in the sunshine.

They warned that the amount of cloud cover in areas will have a huge impact on how warm it feels.

The Met Office said that, in the sun, temperatures could sit in the low 20s for many of us. However, if there’s cloud cover, it is unlikely to feel much warmer than the mid-teens.

The warmer temperatures are set to stick around over the weekend into the Early May Bank Holiday as well.

The Met Office forecast for the period from Mat 3 to May 12 says: “During the first weekend, northern parts of the UK are likely to be predominantly dry, while areas of rain or showers, perhaps heavy and thundery, clear erratically from the south to usher in a spell of drier weather here too.

“There is likely to be a fair amount of low cloud in the east at times, with spells of coastal fog, but also temperatures generally above average for the time of year. Through the following week, all areas are likely to see a mixture of periods of rain and drier interludes.

“Overall, northern, especially northwestern, parts of the UK will probably be driest and sunniest, while the more changeable conditions remain more likely in the south. Temperatures should remain close to or a little above normal for early May.”

Looking ahead to the second half of the month, the forecast reads: “In this period, the chances of unsettled weather are slightly less than usual in the north and about the same as usual further south. Therefore, some spells of wet weather are likely for all, but perhaps especially across southern areas while the driest conditions relative to normal are probably further north.

“The chance of below or above average temperatures is fairly balanced overall, but it is worth noting that average temperatures themselves rise by around 1C per week at this time of year.”

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