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THE MET OFFICE has revealed that London can expect 18C scorchers in the first week of May following a pleasant bank holiday.

On Tuesday and Wednesday London looks set to be hit with highs of 18C according to the Met Office, whilst Madrid will only see highs of 16C and 17C.

It comes as the majority of the country is expected to enjoy a nice start to the weekend.

The outlook for the early part of the weekend is for it to remain “generally dry with bright or sunny periods and variable amounts of cloud” on the Friday and Saturday.

There is a chance of frosts in rural areas, but it will feel “pleasantly warm during the afternoons”.

Temperatures are expected to be in the low teens.

For Sunday and Monday the Met Office says: “Throughout the start of May, much of the south is likely to see continuing dry and sunny spells.

“Parts of the north and west are more likely to experience cloudier conditions, with spells of mainly light rain or showers at times.

“Winds are expected to remain light and temperatures staying above average for most, but parts of the south-east may experience colder mornings and some late season frost.”

Read our UK weather live blog below for the latest updates…

  • High pollen warnings for the weekend

    Pollen levels will be high this weekend with warnings coming for Friday and Saturday.

    It is expected that both tree and grass pollen will be airborne.

  • Edinburgh Saturday to Tuesday forecast

    A dry and bright start for most but there will be thick cloud with outbreaks of rain spreading southeast from around late morning or early afternoon.

    It will become breezy with maximum temperatures of 13 °C as the day goes on.

    A damp start to Sunday but becoming mainly dry.

    Largely cloudy on Monday and Tuesday with a few showers.

  • Manchester forecast for tonight

    Those in Manchester will have a clear dry night tonight, with temperatures remaining low.

    The Met Office forecast said: “Any cloud will clear away during the evening leaving largely clear skies for much of the night.

    “It will turn cloudy in the northwest by morning, but staying dry. Minimum temperature 1 °C.”

  • Coldest May in 25 years

    BRITAIN is set to feel the coldest May in 25 years according to weather experts as the mercury plummets following a hot end to April.

    Following a balmy weekend of weather that saw London become hotter than the Algarve, the UK is set to feel cooler temperatures and even a risk of frost.

    Talking to the Mirror, former BBC and Met Office meteorologist John Hammond says the UK’s weather “will go into reverse” this week.

    He said:  “The mercury will go into reverse, with a cooler trend to end April. Fresh waves of Arctic air mean a good chance, even across southern Britain, of temperatures falling close to or below freezing.”

    Mr Hammond added: “One or two wintry showers are not ruled out later in the week, most likely on higher ground in the North.”

  • London Saturday to Tuesday forecast

    Fine and dry Saturday, with bright or sunny spells, once any early morning fog patches clear.

    Feeling slightly warmer in the evening with light winds with maximum temperatures of 17 °C.

    Sunday will be cloudy, with outbreaks of rain and drizzle.

    Some bright or sunny spells Monday and Tuesday, but also a few showers.

  • “Temperatures most likely above normal for all areas”

    With predictions May could be the hottest on record, the Met Office has forecast dry conditions for the start of May – continuing throughout the middle before turning towards the end of the month.

    Its long range forecast reads:” Settled conditions look likely to continue dominating through mid-May across southern areas, with a lot of dry weather.

    “Meanwhile, spells of rain may affect northern areas.

    “Towards the end of May it is expected to turn more unsettled, with sunshine and showers, some of these likely heavy and thundery, for many parts of the country.

    “Some drier days are still possible, as is usual for late spring.

    “Temperatures most likely above normal for all areas, with an increased chance of warm spells.”

  • Patchy frost and fog this evening

    Clear skies will lead to patchy frost and fog, especially in some central and eastern areas of England.

    There will be stronger winds which will bring cloud and rain to the far northwest later.

  • Top tip on what to plant during the weekend

    If you want Nasturtium plants to bloom this summer, get them planted between March and June. 

    Nasturtium plants produce bright orange, red or yellow flowers – perfect for a colourful garden.

    Gardeners’ World said: “They’re also a magnet for bees and are great for growing amongst your veg – they’ll lure white butterflies away from cabbages and aphids away from beans.

  • Sunday to Monday forecast

    For Sunday and Monday the Met Office says: “Throughout the start of May, much of the south is likely to see continuing dry and sunny spells.

    “Parts of the north and west are more likely to experience cloudier conditions, with spells of mainly light rain or showers at times.”

  • Nights will remain cold

    Night time temperatures in the south though are expected to remain cold and there is a prospect of frost in sheltered rural areas.

    The outlook for the early part of the weekend is for it to remain “generally dry with bright or sunny periods and variable amounts of cloud” on the Friday and Saturday.

    There is a chance of frosts in rural areas, but it will feel “pleasantly warm during the afternoons”.

  • Bank Holiday to be hotter than MADEIRA

    Brits are set to soak up the sunshine this Bank Holiday weekend as temperatures soar to 17C – hotter than MADEIRA.

    The sunny spell will kickstart today as many eye up a trip to the beach.

    It’s even set to be warmer than Madeira at points over the coming days, with tourist hotspot forecast rain showers.

    As Brits enjoy a three-day weekend as the calendar flips to May, it’s due to be dry in most places with the odd shower breaking through.

    The Met Office said: “Throughout the start of May, much of the South is likely to see continuing dry and sunny spells.”

  • May Day 3/1 to be hottest day of the year

    Next week could see the hottest day of the year so far, according to Ladbrokes. 

    With Brits strapping in for a Bank Holiday scorcher, the bookies now make it just a 3/1 shot for record-breaking high temperatures to be recorded next Monday. 

    Alex Apati of Ladbrokes said: “With temperatures once again on the up, there’s every chance next Monday goes down as a record-breaker for the year.”

  • A frosty start to Friday morning

    The Met Office: “It will be a frosty start for some on Friday morning.

    “Cloudiest in the east and southeast with some sunny skies elsewhere.

    “Dry for the majority, but a few showers in the far north.”

  • Pictured: Brits pile into Manchester Airport for bank holiday getaways

    Brits are on their way to start a long May Bank Holiday weekend – and the usual travel chaos is unfolding.

    This eye-popping image shows hundreds of Brits cramming into the Departures terminal at Manchester Airport this morning.

    Large queues are already forming at airports, railway stations, ports, and on roads as members of the public try to escape.

  • Mixed picture for Bank Holiday weekend

    Brits are in for a mixed bag of weather this May Bank Holiday, the Met Office has said.

    Deputy Chief Meteorologist David Oliver said: “It is a different mix of weather this bank holiday weekend after what has been a largely settled week for the UK.

    “The high-pressure that has been dominating the UK in recent days will move away to the south, allowing a low-pressure system to move in from the northwest.

    “This will bring with it some more unsettled weather with showers or some longer spells of rain across the north on Saturday and then southern areas on Sunday.

    “A good deal of dry weather is expected on Monday with most areas only seeing some isolated showers and mild temperatures, widely in the mid-teens.”

  • Odds SLASHED on summer being hottest ever

    The odds have been slashed for the second time this week on 2022 playing host to the hottest summer on record.

    Having been a 2/1 shot at the start of the week, it’s now just 6/4 with the bookies for the hottest summer EVER to be recorded this year.

    Alex Apati of Ladbrokes said: “Brits will soon be basking in record-breaking temperatures, if the latest odds are anything to go by.”

  • Coldest May in 25 years

    BRITAIN is set to feel the coldest May in 25 years according to weather experts as the mercury plummets following a hot end to April.

    Following a balmy weekend of weather that saw London become hotter than the Algarve, the UK is set to feel cooler temperatures and even a risk of frost.

    Talking to the Mirror, former BBC and Met Office meteorologist John Hammond says the UK’s weather “will go into reverse” this week.

    He said:  “The mercury will go into reverse, with a cooler trend to end April. Fresh waves of Arctic air mean a good chance, even across southern Britain, of temperatures falling close to or below freezing.”

    Mr Hammond added: “One or two wintry showers are not ruled out later in the week, most likely on higher ground in the North.”

  • Bookies slash odds on this May being the hottest ever

    Bookies are remaining confident this coming May could be the hottest on record.

    Ladbrokes have cut their odds from 7/2 to just 3/1 on next month playing host to the hottest May ever.

    Alex Apati of Ladbrokes said: “Things are heading in the right direction on the weather front, and we could be set for a record-breaking hot May as a result.”

  • Brits should be wary of whipping out their summer wardrobes

    Despite Thursday and Friday’s warmth, Brits should be wary of whipping out their summer wardrobes when the sun goes down.

    Met Office forecaster Greg Dewhurst said: “Temperatures dropping to single figures in towns and cities and in the countryside, we could just about see patchy frost once more across most prone locations, parts of northern England, and Northern Ireland as well seeing temperatures of -2C or -3C.”

    Luckily, Monday will be drier and sunnier again, especially in southern regions.

    The Met Office said: “Throughout the start of May, much of the South is likely to see continuing dry and sunny spells.”

  • Edinburgh forecast for Friday to Monday

    It will be a dry and bright morning tomorrow, but it will then begin to get cloudier in the afternoon with one or two showers across Lothian and Borders.

    It will then begin to start feeling warm with light winds and maximum temperatures of 17 °C.

    Saturday will be dry for most of the day but outbreaks of rain will spread southeast later.

    A damp start to Sunday but becoming mainly dry, then and bright on Monday.

  • London forecast for Friday to Monday

    A generally cloudy start to the day tomorrow with cloud breaks developing to give some brighter spells in the afternoon.

    As the day goes on it will turn chilly overnight as cloud clears with a patchy frost by dawn with maximum temperatures of 14 °C.

    Remaining dry and bright on Saturday.

    However it will be cloudier Sunday, perhaps with patchy light rain at times.

    Staying rather cloudy Monday with a chance of showers or further patchy rain.

  • Friday to Monday forecast for Manchester

    A bright but chilly start to the morning tomorrow.

    Then a fine day head with plenty of sunny spells but there could be a few showers developing in the north later on with maximum temperatures of 16 °C.

    On Saturday it will be a dry day with plenty of warm sunny spells.

    But there will be patches of rain arriving Saturday night, lingering in places through Sunday.

    Brighter once more for Bank Holiday Monday.

  • Forecasters send warning to gardeners

    Weather forecasters warned gardeners of the impending frost, with Mr Dale explaining that the cold weather is a “threat” to small and budding plants.

    Temperatures are set to reach lows of -1C overnight on Thursday, leading into the May bank holiday weekend.

    Netweather forecaster Paul Michaelthwaite said: “Overnight, where skies clear, there will be the risk of some frosts, and that’ll be ongoing into the weekend as well – so gardeners beware.”

  • High pollen warnings for the weekend

    Pollen levels will be high this weekend with warnings coming for Friday and Saturday.

    It is expected that both tree and grass pollen will be airborne.

  • Two-week Atlantic blast

    BRITAIN will be hit by a two-week Atlantic Blast in the coming days – with more “unsettled” weather expected after the May Bank Holiday.

    Netweather forecaster Paul Michaelthwaite warned that there is a risk of frost overnight this weekend.

    The cold spells will also bring an “increased threat” of rain over the bank holiday weekend.

    It comes as weather forecaster Jim Dale told the Express that the risk of wet weather will increase throughout the first two weeks of May, caused by the Atlantic and frontal systems.

    He said: “[Frost] will depend on the cloud cover. The further north you go the more likely. The cloud cover will start to break up over the weekend, a little bit more than it is at the moment.”

    Meanwhile, the Met Office has predicted the weather will begin to become a lot more ‘unsettled’ as we move through May.

    A forecast on its wesbite said: “Moving through the period, the weather is likely to become more unsettled in northern and perhaps some central areas, bringing spells of rain and potentially some cooler air at times, whereas it’s probable southern areas will remain more settled throughout.”

Source: thesun

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