Parts of the UK are set to bask in 21C sunshine over the May bank holiday weekend after today’s scattered downpours clear – ahead of thunderstorms next week in the lead up to the King’s coronation.
Friday will see some downpours in the north of England and most of Scotland, with showers also drifting over Wales and Northern Ireland.
The Met Office says that in the north and east, rain and drizzle will gradually clear, with parts of Scotland remaining rather cloudy. Bright or sunny spells will develop elsewhere as the warm weather settles in for the weekend.
Temperatures of 18C could be seen in the south of England and London today, while mild weather will reach further north too.
But after a week of significantly cooler weather, mercury is set to rise above 20C on Monday.
After a week of significantly cooler weather, Britons can look forward to top temperatures in excess of 20C on Monday, the first bank holiday of the month
Londoners could see temperatures reach 21C on Monday, which would be the hottest recorded temperature this year
Overnight on Friday it will remain largely cloudy and mild, but showers may continue across Scotland and Northern Ireland.
The start of the bank holiday weekend will see widespread bright and sunny spells, but with some thundery showers emerging to the west by the end of the day.
The rest of the weekend will remain ‘rather warm’, but with some heavy showers and storms likely on Sunday into Monday.
Four flood alerts remain in place today across the south of England.
Temperatures are expected to reach the high teens across much of England and Wales, with possible peaks of more than 20C.
The UK is likely to experience its warmest weather of 2023 over the bank holiday weekend.
The hottest temperature of the year so far, 20.2C, was recorded earlier this month in Kinlochew, Scotland.
Met Office forecaster Alex Deakin said: ‘There will be some heavy showers around but there will be plenty of dry and bright weather around as well.
‘It is going to be feeling rather more humid and that moisture is going to spark some heavy showers in places. But with high pressure in charge it’s certainly not going to be a washout.’
On Saturday, Mr Deakin said a weather front sitting across the north of England and Scotland will bring ‘quite a lot of cloud and some outbreaks of rain’ in the morning, before being pushed further north later in the day.
He continued: ‘Through the day heavy showers are expected to develop. Parts of Wales, Northern Ireland and northern England are most likely to see them. Still hit and miss but where they do occur, pretty potent showers, heavy downpours and quite slow moving.’
Although there is warm weather to come, the Met Office warns there will be heavy downpours across parts of the UK too
Four flood alerts are in place on Friday, all in the south of England
On Saturday, forecasters say London could see temperatures reaching 20C
If temperatures hit 21C on Monday as forecast, it would make Monday the hottest day of the year so far
‘By the time we get to Sunday we are again looking at weak weather fronts pushing in […] Sunday will see the most showers of the three days through the weekend so you’ll be lucky to stay dry.
‘Although many computer models suggesting that East Anglia and the southeast, you won’t see many showers here so a decent chance of a dry day here.
‘Elsewhere there will be showers and again they could be quite slow-moving which means they will last a while and will also be quite heavy.’
He added: ‘It is still reasonably mild with that warmer air pushing northwards in the next few days. Even northern Scotland will see temperatures rising.’
Going into Monday, Mr Deakin said an area of high pressure will dominate the UK.
‘We’ll still see some [showers] on Monday, likely across northern Scotland, and after probably a couple of dry days eastern England is the area most likely to see showers.’
He concluded: ‘Many places at this stage looking dry and fine with some sunny spells, and again, warmer than it has been.’
Temperatures will peak at 21C in London on Monday, the Met Office said.
The warm weather comes amid the countdown to King Charles III’s coronation ceremony on May 6, which will also see Queen Camilla officially crowned.
There is an extra bank holiday on May 9 to commemorate the occasion.