Met Office verdict on Bank Holiday weekend as maps turn red3 min read
Friday Morning weather: High pressure in control
The Met Office has said that temperatures are set to skyrocket this weekend, allowing many to enjoy the long weekend outdoors. The mercury could spike as high as 24C in the West Midlands and southeast Wales on Saturday or Sunday.
According to forecasters, the UK can expect mild weather over the upcoming bank holiday weekend, with Saturday set to be the hottest day.
However, a spokesperson from the Met Office warned that not everyone will experience the warmer temperatures, as the east coast of the UK is projected to reach only 15C during the bank holiday.
While temperatures across the UK are forecasted to be slightly higher than the May average, they are not expected to reach the criteria for a heatwave, which typically entails highs of 25-28C, Met Office Chief Forecaster Paul Gundersen said.
He added: “The jet stream sitting to the north of the UK is holding unsettled weather systems at bay and allowing high pressure to dominate bringing fine weather to the vast majority of the UK.
“The current position of the high-pressure means we will see a westerly air flow over the UK, a cooler direction than if air was being brought up from the south, and areas such as Spain or Africa.
“Therefore, we are not likely to reach heatwave conditions, but temperatures will still be warm reaching the low 20’s for many, particularly in the South West and southern Wales.”
The upcoming week marks the half-term break for many in the country, and indications suggest that high-pressure systems will likely continue to dominate weather conditions.
Met Office Deputy Chief Forecaster, Steven Keates, said: “It’s exact position over the UK will dictate the temperature, wind direction and weather patterns, however, indications are that the dry, bright weather is likely to continue for most with little in the way of rain throughout next week.”
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With the fine weather many may be planning to be out and about over the long weekend. Travel experts have warned commuters that roads may be busier than usual.
RAC spokesman Rod Dennis said: “We fully expect families to make the most of the largely fine weather over the coming days which is we’re forecasting the busiest late May bank holiday since before the pandemic.
“Into next week and half term for many parts of the UK, day trips will also be a big feature with popular routes to the coasts and countryside becoming busy. Getting away early in the morning or delaying trips until the evening are the best way to avoid the inevitable delays.
“No one wants a breakdown to get in the way of them and time with family and friends, yet so many of the jobs our patrols will go out to are completely avoidable if drivers complete a few checks before they get out onto the open road.
“Ensuring oil and coolant levels are where they should be is a must, as is checking tyres are free of damage and are properly inflated.”
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