Bank holiday weekend weather: A ‘disappointing’ mix of sunshine and showers

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Bank holiday weekend weather: A ‘disappointing’ mix of sunshine and showers

The weather will see both sunshine and showers over the bank holiday 

The weather will see both sunshine and showers over the bank holiday

Saturday will offer the best bank holiday weekend weather as temperatures are tipped to hit 23C.

Sunday and Monday promise a mix of sunshine and showers in a blow to people expecting to spend their extra day off work lazing in the heat.

The Met Office said the long weekend would not be ‘a washout’ but noted ‘it will be a bit disappointing compared to our recent weather.’

Forecaster Steven Keates said there were mixed fortunes with sunshine in the north and rain in the south on Saturday.

London and the south-east are tipped to enjoy the best of the weather and the mercury could hit 22 or 23C in the afternoon.

East Anglia and the midlands are looking at temperatures around 18C while the south-west could see 19C.

Manchester and Newcastle will hover around 18C while Northern Ireland might be just one degree cooler.

Mandatory Credit: Photo by Robert Timoney/REX (10245729a) The seafront seen from the grassy hill side on a very warm summers day. Seasonal weather, Lyme Regis, UK - 23 May 2019

Saturday will see the best of the bank holiday weather (Picture: Rex)

People sunbathe on the beach in Brighton, Sussex. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Thursday May 23, 2019. Photo credit should read: Steve Parsons/PA Wire

The south of England will see the best of the UK weather on Saturday (Picture: PA)

Further north and west it is starting off cloudy and there is a chance of rain in parts of Scotland and Northern Ireland by the end of the afternoon.

Temperatures are set to only reach highs of 13C across Scotland in a real north-south weather divide.

Overnight cloud cover, however, means temperatures will actually feel warmer than they have done in previous evenings.

Mr Keates said UV levels will be high today so those wanting to sunbathe should remember the suntan lotion.

Sunday promises showers at some point for most of us, the Met Office said.

Western parts of the UK will start off cloudy and have rain in the morning but it should clear around lunchtime.

The eastern side should see a bright start but will be hit with showers in the afternoon.

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Everyone in the UK is likely to see some rain on Sunday (Picture: PA)

Tourists with British union flag umbrellas walk in the rain toward the entrance to Windsor Castle in Windsor, England Wednesday, May 8, 2019. Prince Harry and Meghan, Duchess of Sussex are expected to introduce their newborn son, known only as Baby Sussex for the moment, to Queen Elizabeth II and show off the baby to the media on Wednesday. (AP Photo/Alastair Grant)

The last May bank holiday will see typically British weather (Picture: PA)

Scotland is likely to see heavy rain at times and a northerly breeze could mean the temperatures of 15C actually feel even colder.

Mr Keates said temperatures could reach highs of 20C in the south east on Sunday but the mercury will only hover around the mid-teens for much of the UK.

The highest temperature ever recorded on a late May bank holiday weekend is 32.8C in 1944.

This year, those lucky enough not to be working will sadly not experience anywhere near that.

Bank Holiday Monday will see both sunshine and showers, according to the Met Office.

Mr Keates said some of those showers could be heavy ‘with an odd rumble of thunder.’

Southern England and northern Scotland will see the best of the dry weather but everyone ‘should keep an umbrella to hand.’

The mercury is only likely to reach 18C in the south with the rest of the UK again struggling to break out of the mid-teens.

Mr Keates said: ‘The bank holiday weekend will be a bit disappointing compared to recent weather but it won’t be a washout.

‘The best of the weather is Saturday whereas Sunday and Monday will be a bit more mixed.’

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