Will there be sun or rain? Are we set for the driest May on record? All of your bank holiday weather questions are answered here.
- Will it be brollies or BBQs this bank holiday weekend?
A bit of both but thankfully more sunshine is forecast than rain (for once) so certainly not a wash out.
When I think of May, I think of BBQs, eating outdoors and dusting off the sandals.
While it’s been warm enough for all of those this week, there’s still been a chill in the air, especially the mornings.
Temperatures on Tuesday morning plunged to -6C. Amazingly, the record lowest for May is -9.4C.
In the sunshine we’ve hit a warm 18C a good 4 degrees above average.
- Where were the April showers?
April, certainly didn’t live up to it’s title this month.
We either had cold weather with winds and rain or beautiful warm spring sunshine. The showers, when they made their few appearances made up for their no-show by drenching us from the heavens with torrential rain, huge hail and squally winds before whizzing off to their next unsuspecting customer.
It was a rollercoaster month we started with cold weather, it warmed up to 22C on the 14th before plunging again as a biting wind hit back, then ending on a high with 23C.
Overall temperatures were below average (probably from the cold and frosty nights). Rainfall was also below average, especially in the southeast of England.
- What’s happening this weekend?
It’s not a promising start in the north on Friday. A weather front across Scotland will give heavy rain with the risk of flooding, colder air will dig in from the north giving snow on the Grampians over 200m.
The band of rain sinks south through Friday night, slowly clearing the Kent coast on Saturday. Cooler air but sunnier weather tucks in behind.
The sunshine will take many of us through the rest of the weekend but for Scotland and Northern Ireland the next weather front rolls in later on Saturday and isn’t in a hurry to clear off.
- What’s the forecast?
Saturday: Southern England will start cloudy with outbreaks of rain, this will slowly clear southwards revealing some sunshine.
These cloudy skies will clear across the English Channel during the evening.
Everyone else has a lovely start, dry and bright with welcome spring sunshine.
However Saturday afternoon in western Scotland the winds will pick up heralding the arrival of cloud and rain.
Sunday and Monday: Scotland and Northern Ireland will mostly be under the influence of passing weather fronts so cloudy and windy with outbreaks of rain, heavy at times.
The far northwest may have some sunny spells break with the odd shower.
England and Wales will generally be fine, dry with light winds and sunshine for many, a little more cloud in far north and west at times.
Temperatures for all around average but feeling warm in the sunshine.
- The newspapers said we are in for the driest May on record, is that true?
As we are only a few days in it’s impossible to say if it will be record breaking. However the long-range forecast from the Met Office is that it’ll be drier than average, with high pressure close by.
This conjures up images of warm sunshine but don’t get too excited, this isn’t necessarily the case.
We start the month with a NW-SE split. The northwest closest to low pressure is more likely to be cloudy with outbreaks of rain.
The southeast will be closest to high pressure, so is more likely to be dry with sunny spells and cold nights continuing.
From mid month, the high is set to move to our northeast, meaning the winds will come from the east across the North Sea, which is much colder than it should be.
So while we’ll have a lot of dry and bright weather, there’ll still be a chill in the air for some.