UK weather: Britain is hit by Bank Holiday showers before 21C this Thursday

Wet end to May bank holiday … but the sun WILL return! Britain set for showers today before 21C blast on Thursday and Friday

  • Mild but dreary Bank Holiday Monday today amid cloudy skies and showers and 18C (64F) highs in England
  • Forecasters say today ‘will not be a scorcher but it will not be a washout’, with rain most likely in the West
  • Met Office meteorologist says he is ‘fairly optimistic we can see sun punch some holes’ through the cloud
  • But conditions are set to improve later this week, with sunshine and 21C (70F) highs from this Thursday

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Most of Britain is set for a mild but dreary Bank Holiday Monday today amid cloudy skies and showers – but conditions are set to improve later this week, with sunshine and 21C (70F) highs towards the weekend.

Forecasters said today ‘will not be a scorcher but it will not be a washout’ with temperatures of up to 18C (64F) in England and 16C (61F) in Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland – and rain most likely in western areas.

Today will bring a mostly dry and bright morning for many parts with some spells of sunshine, but fair-weather cloud and showers will then develop throughout the day along with a gentle breeze in coastal areas.

Met Office meteorologist Craig Snell said there will be a fair amount of cloud around today – but he was ‘fairly optimistic we can see the sun punch some holes through that cloud’, although there may also be showers.

Rain and cloud from the daytime will then linger through tonight, although most rain will clear by the early hours of tomorrow morning, with some heavier spells remaining in the North of England and parts of Scotland.

Tomorrow will be another very cloudy day, and there will be a wet start across the UK with some sunnier spells in the South West. It will then turn wetter and cloudier during the day, with the driest conditions in eastern areas.

Wednesday will be a day of some sunshine but heavy showers and rain, with the chance of some thundery spells in the South, and there will be moderate winds in central areas but lighter gusts elsewhere.

Conditions will then begin to improve from Thursday which will be a drier and sunnier day, especially for the south. Highs of 21C (70F) are expected on this day in the South East including London, as well as on Friday.

The outlook for this weekend is also promising with sunshine and similar highs expected – although not to the levels of the hottest day of 2022 so far which was Good Friday, April 15, when London reached 23.4C (74.12F).

The top UK temperature yesterday was 17.8C (64F) at Aboyne in Aberdeenshire, while the low was 3.2C (37.8F) at Aviemore. On Saturday, the high was 18.7C (65.7F) in London and the low was -3.3C (26.1F) in Benson, Oxfordshire.

The forecast comes after last month was the latest in the string of dry April, with rainfall about 35 per cent lower than average, according to the Met Office.

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