UK weather forecast: Glorious bank holiday weekend with balmy 17C highs predicted

High pressure is set to prevail across the UK over the next few days and into the Bank Holiday weekend which will bring sunnier, drier weather ahead of the cold nights when temperatures drop

The UK is braced for warmer weather over the Bank Holiday weekend
The UK is braced for warmer weather over the Bank Holiday weekend

Brits will enjoy a dry and muggy bank holiday weekend, with plenty of sunshine and high temperatures of 17C.

It was a dry April, particularly in the south of the UK where rainfall is only 30% of the monthly normal and these areas have little chance of showers before May.

High pressure bringing stable weather is behind the lack of rain and this system is expected to remain in place over the weekend and possibly into next week.

A pattern of freezing cold nights and warm days is expected to continue, the Met Office says, with early morning temperatures reaching -3C.

But there will also be highs of 17C, making it warm and sunny in many parts of the country.

A high pressure over Britain brings dry weather


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BBC forecaster Susan Powell said: “We’ve been talking a lot about dry weather over the past few weeks, be patient as we’ll likely be talking about it for a week to come.

“Certainly plenty of dry weather in our forecast as we look at the rest of April. A deficit for all parts of the UK in terms of rainfall this April and particularly dry in the southern counties of England, here around 70%.

“With high pressure still dominating the weather through the end of the month through Saturday, drier weather is to come.”

Some rain is possible for Northern Ireland and Scotland on Saturday, which will move south, but most of the country is expected to remain sunny and dry over the long weekend.

It was a very dry April and little rain is expected in the last few days of the month



The weekend’s highest temperatures are expected on Monday, where the mercury could reach 17C.

At night it should stay cold with a clear sky.

“We’re open to a freeze, a chilly start to Thursday, cloud in the east pushing west throughout the day, fairly windy south, particularly towards the south coast,” Ms Powell said.

“Clouds will build up over Scotland and Northern Ireland as the day progresses and we could make the odd light shower out of it. Temperatures are perhaps a degree higher on Wednesday, 16C for Cardiff and London, always slightly cooler on the North Sea coast.

Warm days and cold nights are expected with lows of -3°C



“Overnight Thursday to Friday, another dry story, we’ll see some clear spells develop. For now though, it looks like there will be a bit more cloud and it may not be quite as cold as it will be first Thursday.”

Met Office forecaster Greg Dewhurst said temperatures could reach 17C on Thursday but also warned that it would be cold in the morning.

He said: “Temperatures dropped to single digits in towns and cities and in the countryside we could almost see patchy frost again in most vulnerable locations, in parts of northern England and Northern Ireland, and temperatures of -2C or -3C see. ”

UK forecast for the next 5 days

Generally dry with variable clouds and clear or sunny spells.


Heavy cloud cover over some central and eastern parts of England and the far north, with some showers. Otherwise dry and fine with good periods of sunshine.

This evening:

A few showers far north, otherwise dry with variable clouds and clear spells. Frost under clearer skies, particularly over Northern England and Northern Ireland, perhaps with some patches of mist.


Much cloud over the south east parts of England, otherwise sunny spells. A few showers for central and northern Scotland. Feeling warm in the sun.

Outlook for Saturday to Monday:

Saturday dry, with sunny spells, especially for the south. Clouds accompanied by rain showers in the northwest will descend to the southeast over the weekend. Generally drier on Monday, but scattered showers.

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