Brits finally set for some 23C sun after weeks of miserable cold and rain
The May Bank Holiday weekend is set to be a warm and sunny one across the whole of the UK, after weeks of cold rain that made sure the end of Spring was a wash outmirror
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After weeks of miserable downpours and brisk temperatures Brits are finally inline for some summer weather.
This weekend a relative heatwave will sweep across the country, bathing parts of the country in sunshine and 23C heat.
While that would be nothing to write home about last May, which was the sunniest calendar month on record with 626 hours of sunshine, its a huge boost for sodden Brits.
This May has been a total washout and is on track to be the wettest since records began in Wales.
Just as all appeared to be lost meteorologically speaking, May Bank Holiday weekend looks to bring a little cheer back into our lives.
From Belfast to Edinburgh, Manchester to Cardiff and Newcastle to Ipswich the mercury looks set to hover within two to three Celsius of 20C on Friday afternoon.
On Saturday the picture improves even more with some of the stubborn cloud finally making way for long spells of sunshine.
By Sunday parts of the South East around London could get positively hot under the collar by hitting 23C.
Glorious sunshine will pour down on the UK for almost all of the day, with only small patches of cloud creeping in from the north west in time to make a stunning sunset.
Temperatures haven’t been as high since March 30, when 24.5C was recorded in London.
Oli Claydon, from the Met Office, said: “Showers will start to ease and temperatures will increase over the bank holiday.
“There’ll be highs of up to 23C for central parts of England and possibly into London.
“There is a slow progression towards warmer and drier conditions.”
So far this May wet weather has dominated the conversation.
The Met Office said up to Saturday the UK had seen an average of 109.3mm of rainfall – 157 percent of the average for the usually dry and sunny month.
This makes it the 10th wettest on record, with nine days still to go.
Meteorologist Aidan McGivern said: “If you enjoy warm and sunny spring weather, I am guessing you have not been a fan of this May so far.https://get-latest.convrse.media/?url=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.mirror.co.uk%2Fnews%2Fuk-news%2Fuk-weather-brits-finally-set-24185403%3Futm_source%3Dmirror_newsletter%26utm_campaign%3Ddaily_morning_newsletter2%26utm_medium%3Demail&cre=bottom&cip=33&view=web
“There’s no denying it’s been wet. Some places have had two times their usual total May rainfall – and that’s only up to May 18.
“A far cry from April, which this year was the sunniest April on record.”
Although April was cold, a blocking anti-cyclone near the UK helped divert the jet stream, taking cloud and rain away.
Aidan said: “May’s weather has also been down to a blocking anti-cyclone – but this time, it’s over Greenland and that helped push the jet stream to the south.”https://ba8a61bc48a08739b64318449b763bc6.safeframe.googlesyndication.com/safeframe/1-0-38/html/container.html138212091369
This Evening and Tonight:
Rain across southwest England clearing. A band of showers over northern England moving southwards into the Midlands, whilst patchy rain and low cloud arrives across parts of Scotland and northeast England. Dry with clear spells elsewhere, and turning chilly.
Low cloud and patchy rain in the northeast will be replaced by scattered heavy showers inland. Mostly dry with sunny spells elsewhere and feeling warmer than recently.
Outlook for Thursday to Saturday:
Many places dry with sunny spells. Some rain likely to affect Northern Ireland later on Thursday then the Northwest during Friday. Warmer than recently and feeling pleasant in sunshine.FOLLOW USDailyMirrorFollow @DailyMirrorCOMMENTSAdd CommentMORE ON