UK weather forecast – ‘Unsettled’ conditions see North-South split with downpours and sunny spells before Bank Holiday washout

A NORTH-South split will see dreary cloud and showers round off the week for some – while there will be clearer skies and sunshine for others.

The Bank Holiday weekend kicks off today with a three-day washout in northern parts, according to the Met Office.

A largely North-South split will see thicker cloud and rain in the North while the South should see more spells of sunshine today, as this Met Office map for Friday afternoon shows
Temperatures will largely hold up in the mid-to-high teens today, as this Met Office map for Friday afternoon shows

Unsettled conditions will sweep in across parts of Scotland, Northern Ireland, and Northern and Central England and Wales.

Further South should see lighter cloud interspersed with pleasant sunny spells.

Temperatures across the country will hold up in the mid-to-high teens.

But the changeable weather conditions mean many will see rain at some point during the long weekend.

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No one will be safe from the showers – with some spots seeing heavy downpours at times.

And cooler conditions will make it a grim start to the last week of spring.

By Monday, forecasters have warned temperatures will be “cooler with sunshine and showers, some heavy”.

The Met Office said there is likely to be “sunshine and showers for most places” over the three-day break.


A spokesperson said: “The weather is looking very changeable.

“We are looking at cloudy skies at times.

“Some areas will have rain on Saturday, others on Sunday or Monday.

“There’s a lot of uncertainty.”

Forecasters warned temperatures were likely to peak at around 20C (68F) – compared to highs of 22C to 23C midweek.

They added: “The temperature will be pleasant but not quite as high as we have been seeing.”


Despite the current unpredictable weather, Britain is said to be on track for a scorcher of a summer.

The mercury is set to hit sizzling highs of 30C (86F) in June, according to forecasts.

Those who are escaping to Europe for the long weekend will have a better time of it – with Spain and the south of France looking at highs in the low 30s.

The gloomy weather will be in stark contrast to the Spring Bank Holiday last year – where most of the country enjoyed warm sunshine.

But Britain could probably do without a repeat of the flash floods and thunderstorms seen in parts of southern England in the wake of the 2018 heatwave.

There will be chillier conditions in Scotland, Northern Ireland and the North of England today, where winds are stronger, as this weather graphic shows

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