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Saturday and Monday will see the best of the bank holiday weekend sunshine with bright, dry weather and temperatures set to reach up to 59F in the south – as showers are expected to spread across the country on Sunday. 

The bank holiday will ‘reasonably pleasant’ for most of the UK with ‘nothing to deter families going out for the day’ as sunshine threatens to break through overcast conditions and bring blue skies overhead for many.

Forecasters say the UK will experience ‘a mix of springtime weather’ over the coming days as a low-pressure system moves in from the north west on Saturday, 

Grahame Madge, from the Met Office, said: ‘We already have a slightly unpredictable weather pattern. Across today and Friday, areas of high pressure over the UK are expected to slip away and in its place air from further north will come down over Scotland and continue to move south.

‘That air is warm, but will bring wet conditions down and on Saturday showers in Scotland may be reasonably heavy.’

Gardeners have also been warned as overnight temperatures are expected to drop below freezing in Scotland and north Wales overnight between Thursday and Friday – potentially leading to frost on Friday morning.

Temperatures on Friday are expected to reach a high in the UK of 60F (16C), with London expected to reach between 57F (14C)  and 59F (15C), but easterly areas are only expected to top 50F (10C) due to an ‘onshore flow from the North Sea’.

A man relaxes on a deck chair basking in the spring sunshine in St James's Park, London, on Tuesday ahead of the May Day bank holiday

A man relaxes on a deck chair basking in the spring sunshine in St James's Park, London, on Tuesday ahead of the May Day bank holiday

A man relaxes on a deck chair basking in the spring sunshine in St James’s Park, London, on Tuesday ahead of the May Day bank holiday

Saturday's forecast is 'dry and bright for most', particularly in the south, as a spell of cold air begins to move towards the UK from the north

Saturday's forecast is 'dry and bright for most', particularly in the south, as a spell of cold air begins to move towards the UK from the north

Saturday’s forecast is ‘dry and bright for most’, particularly in the south, as a spell of cold air begins to move towards the UK from the north

The sun rising over Glastonbury on Thursday morning as the bank holiday is set to begin with sunshine over southern parts of the UK

The sun rising over Glastonbury on Thursday morning as the bank holiday is set to begin with sunshine over southern parts of the UK

The sun rising over Glastonbury on Thursday morning as the bank holiday is set to begin with sunshine over southern parts of the UK

Beach goers enjoying the sunshine last week in the seaside resort of Weymouth, Dorset, but temperatures will be around average for the this coming bank holiday weekend

Beach goers enjoying the sunshine last week in the seaside resort of Weymouth, Dorset, but temperatures will be around average for the this coming bank holiday weekend

Beach goers enjoying the sunshine last week in the seaside resort of Weymouth, Dorset, but temperatures will be around average for the this coming bank holiday weekend 

Saturday is expected to be the warmest day of the bank holiday, particularly for those in the south, but Mr Madge warned that the weather pattern from the north will continue to work its way down the UK during the day.

He said: ‘The weather system will move south, but will weaken as it does so. It means that the south will be mostly dry with limited chance of rain.’

Temperatures on Sunday will be highest in the south west, while Glasgow is expected to reach 60F (16C) and London 59F (15C) – slightly above the average temperatures for April of 54F (12C) , but below the May average.

Mr Madge added: ‘Monday is an improving picture with the skies beginning to clear. There will be some cold patches, but the April and May sunshine is more intense than earlier in the year in February, so there is a chance it will break through the clouds and bring slightly higher temperatures than expected.

”It will mainly be overcast with not much chance of rain. There is certainly nothing to deter people going out for the day across any part of the bank holiday weekend. It will be reasonably pleasant for most.

‘It will be overcast, but good chances of breaks through the clouds as the sunshine could be quite strong.’ 

Though temperatures will be around average for this time of year, the feel will depend on whether sunny skies or cloud is overhead.

Providing further detail on its outlook for the bank holiday this weekend, Met Office 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.’ 

Source: Daily Mail

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