UK to see weather U-turn with 20C Bank Holiday weekend as African blast to hit2 min read
A spell of cold and damp weather will make way to temperatures as high as 20C in time for the Bank Holiday weekend, forecasters have predicted.
Gloomy conditions are set to make way although parts of Scotland and Northern Ireland could have further freezing temperatures first as Arctic winds prevail.
Weather maps show that a mild and sunny weekend is in store, although there will be isolated showers scattered across the country.
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The mercury will climb into the high teens on Friday (April 28) and Saturday (April 29), when south-east England can expect to see temperatures of 17C.
Wales will also enjoy warmer weather, although winds in coastal areas could drop the temperature to 13C, with Northern Ireland around 15C.
The higher temperatures will not reach as far as northern Scotland, where it could be as cold as 4C on Saturday afternoon.
Aidan McGivern from the Met Office said that while current temperatures were cooler than recent years, they were typical for this time of year.
He said: “Of course we’ve been spoiled in recent years with some very nice spring weather so compared with that it perhaps has felt on the cold side.”
The meteorologist went on to say that while this week will be a bit gloomy, milder and more settled conditions are set to make a return in a few days.
He said: “It's going to turn increasingly cloudy as Atlantic air begins to return. It's a slow process.
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“But over the next few days it's going to slowly turn milder from the south-west. But it is going to take its time.”
As May approaches, a majority of the UK will experience moderate and relatively damp weather, while the far north-east of Scotland will continue to be affected by colder conditions, the Met Office long-range forecast said.
Towards the end of this period, there is a higher possibility of unsettled and variable weather with increased chances of rain, particularly in central and southern regions.
Temperatures are set to remain around average for this time of year.
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