A warm sun bringing a touch of summer during the bank holiday weekend
The holiday weekend is expected to bring blue skies, widespread sunshine and potentially the hottest day of the year yet.
London on Saturday could see highs of 23 ° C (73.4 ° F), while on Sunday, Manchester and Liverpool could bask at 24 ° C (75.2 ° F).
The UK is expected to be bathed in warm sunshine on Monday, with the mercury reaching a possible high of 25 ° C (77 ° F), meaning it would exceed the current high for 2021 which was 24.5 ° C (76 , 1 ° F) recorded on March 31 at Kew Gardens. .
The pleasant weather marks a welcome break after the rain that has dominated the UK since the start of the month.
According to the first provisional statistics from the Met Office, the UK has already experienced its fourth wettest May on record with an average drop of 199mm, and there are still a few days to go.
The wettest places, receiving more than twice the average rainfall, were the south-west and north-east of England, as well as Wales and parts of eastern Scotland.
Parts of Scotland and northern England even saw snow earlier this month when temperatures of -5.5C were recorded.
The Met Office said the often boring and humid conditions resulted in moderate temperatures in all areas.
Wales, Scotland and the UK as a whole are currently seeing average maximum temperatures for May in their 10 lowest on record.
Forecasters say calm, warm holiday weather may well see that position change in the final stats.
Met Office forecaster Matthew Box said, “It’s obviously a welcome change, I think for many.
“Since we had relatively cold then rainy months until spring, with April being cold and May being wet and cloudy and generally on the cool side as well, we have a sunny end in May.
“It might surprise a few people given that we haven’t seen a lot of sun and the UV levels are also going to be quite high this weekend, so that’s something to be aware of.