After a dry April, the first of May will bring rain to most parts of the country, as Britons look ahead to the bank holiday weekend.

Today’s dry weather should remain for most of the day with highs of 64.4F (18C) in the south, although some parts of in the north west may begin to see rain as an area of low pressure moves towards the south east.

Many would have hoped for a sizzler like the last bank holiday at Easter that saw the hottest day of the year, with Brits flocking to beaches to enjoy the glorious sun. 

Instead, there will be ‘unsettled’ weather, as rain clouds move from the top to the bottom of the country, starting tomorrow.

David Oliver, Met Office deputy chief meteorologist, 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.’ 

Women and children enjoy the pink blossoms in Saltwell Park, Gateshead, as today's weather brings sunshine in the north before rain sets in tomorrow

Women and children enjoy the pink blossoms in Saltwell Park, Gateshead, as today's weather brings sunshine in the north before rain sets in tomorrow

Women and children enjoy the pink blossoms in Saltwell Park, Gateshead, as today’s weather brings sunshine in the north before rain sets in tomorrow

Park visitors stop to take in the canopy of blossom that shades the path, with blue skies being followed by expected rain tomorrow

Park visitors stop to take in the canopy of blossom that shades the path, with blue skies being followed by expected rain tomorrow

Park visitors stop to take in the canopy of blossom that shades the path, with blue skies being followed by expected rain tomorrow 

The more 'unsettled' forecast will bring wet weather, moving from the north west to the south east over the weekend

The more 'unsettled' forecast will bring wet weather, moving from the north west to the south east over the weekend

The more ‘unsettled’ forecast will bring wet weather, moving from the north west to the south east over the weekend

Today's dry weather should remain for most of the day, ahead of the 'unsettled' bank holiday weekend

Today's dry weather should remain for most of the day, ahead of the 'unsettled' bank holiday weekend

Today’s dry weather should remain for most of the day, ahead of the ‘unsettled’ bank holiday weekend  

Highs of 60.8F (16C) to 64.4F (18C) will be seen today and tomorrow, with temperatures closer to 53.6F (12C) in Gateshead

Highs of 60.8F (16C) to 64.4F (18C) will be seen today and tomorrow, with temperatures closer to 53.6F (12C) in Gateshead

Highs of 60.8F (16C) to 64.4F (18C) will be seen today and tomorrow, with temperatures closer to 53.6F (12C) in Gateshead

People enjoy today's sunshine at a maze in Saltwell Park, Gateshead, before rain sets in tomorrow and moves across the country

People enjoy today's sunshine at a maze in Saltwell Park, Gateshead, before rain sets in tomorrow and moves across the country

People enjoy today’s sunshine at a maze in Saltwell Park, Gateshead, before rain sets in tomorrow and moves across the country

Tourists wrapped up warm as they enjoyed punting on the River Cam in Cambridge today ahead of a cool and cloudy Bank Holiday weekend

Tourists wrapped up warm as they enjoyed punting on the River Cam in Cambridge today ahead of a cool and cloudy Bank Holiday weekend

Tourists wrapped up warm as they enjoyed punting on the River Cam in Cambridge today ahead of a cool and cloudy Bank Holiday weekend 

This morning, walkers enjoyed soft pink blossoms in Saltwell Park, Gateshead, as the north of the UK saw better weather today, with temperatures ranging from 50F (10C) to 60.8F (16C), before the rain sets in tomorrow and moves south west.

Families were drawn out to the Spring blooms this morning, with two-year-old Aria Bevington pictured playing in sea of bluebells at a wood near Wimborne in Dorset. 

And dog walkers in Dunsden, Oxfordshire, made the most of the morning sunshine. The area will see drier weather tomorrow before being hit by rain on Sunday as the weather front moves down the country from Saturday to Sunday.

Tourists wrapped up warm as they enjoyed punting on the River Cam in Cambridge today ahead of a cool and cloudy Bank Holiday weekend.

Many wore coats and huddled under blankets as they cruised along the historic Backs in the university city.

Met office forecaster Richard Miles said that the low pressure band will move across the UK this weekend, dampening the sunshine expected in the south by Sunday.

The low-pressure system will introduce cloud and outbreaks of rain for much of Scotland and Northern Ireland tomorrow with some blustery winds in exposed coastal areas. 

The more ‘unsettled’ forecast will bring wet weather to the north west before it gradually sinks south bringing cloud and outbreaks of rain to many southern areas of the UK by Sunday.

Elsewhere will remain dry tomorrow, but will not be any warmer than today, with highs predicted between 60.8F (16C) and 64.4F (18C).

Mr Miles said that the wet weather will reach north Wales and north England by Saturday evening. Rain will then work its way down the country on Sunday, although some areas of the south east may miss this.

After the rain has moved through, Scotland will see more sunshine on Sunday. There may be some brighter spells breaking through the weekend cloud, with light winds and mild nights.

S Bank Holiday weather Aria Bevington enjoys today's weather while playing with the flowers of bluebells at a wood near mborne in Dorset.

S Bank Holiday weather Aria Bevington enjoys today's weather while playing with the flowers of bluebells at a wood near mborne in Dorset.

Two-year-old Aria Bevington enjoys today’s weather while playing with the flowers at a wood near Wimborne in Dorset 

Today's dry weather should remain for most of tomorrow, although some parts of in the north west may begin to see rain as an area of low pressure moves towards the south east. Pictured: Aria Bevington, two, tiptoes through a sea of bluebells at a wood near Wimborne in Dorset

Today's dry weather should remain for most of tomorrow, although some parts of in the north west may begin to see rain as an area of low pressure moves towards the south east. Pictured: Aria Bevington, two, tiptoes through a sea of bluebells at a wood near Wimborne in Dorset

Today’s dry weather should remain for most of tomorrow, although some parts of in the north west may begin to see rain as an area of low pressure moves towards the south east. Pictured: Aria Bevington, two, tiptoes through a sea of bluebells at a wood near Wimborne in Dorset

Flowers grow around the stone circle at Stonehenge, Wiltshire. Today's dry weather will remain in the south tomorrow before rain takes hold on Sunday

Flowers grow around the stone circle at Stonehenge, Wiltshire. Today's dry weather will remain in the south tomorrow before rain takes hold on Sunday

Flowers grow around the stone circle at Stonehenge, Wiltshire. Today’s dry weather will remain in the south tomorrow before rain takes hold on Sunday

Rain will work its way down the country on Sunday, although some areas of the south east may miss this

Rain will work its way down the country on Sunday, although some areas of the south east may miss this

Rain will work its way down the country on Sunday, although some areas of the south east may miss this

As the low pressure moves on, high pressure is set to build in the south, keeping it dry on Monday and for the rest of the week. Pictured, dog walkers out early this morning in Dunsden, Oxfordshire

As the low pressure moves on, high pressure is set to build in the south, keeping it dry on Monday and for the rest of the week. Pictured, dog walkers out early this morning in Dunsden, Oxfordshire

As the low pressure moves on, high pressure is set to build in the south, keeping it dry on Monday and for the rest of the week. Pictured, dog walkers out early this morning in Dunsden, Oxfordshire

As the low pressure moves on, high pressure builds in the south, keeping it dry but with a good deal of cloud across the UK on Monday, with temperatures of 62.6F (17C) to 64.4F (18C).

By Tuesday, forecasters expect it to be cloudy in the north and northwest, with some rain at times, reports the Met Office. 

Most of the south will remain dry for the rest of the week, as sunny spells continue. Further north it is likely to be cloudier with some light rain.

Into the following week, some unsettled weather is likely in the north, and some central areas, with the south seeing more settled weather and temperatures above normal. 

Source: Daily Mail

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