Bank holiday gloom for many

[Updated 07:00 02/05/2016]

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Bank Holiday Monday begins mild and overcast across England and Wales. In Northern Ireland and much of Scotland it's a gloomy picture with heavy rain and strong winds. 

This morning the main band of wet weather pushes southeastwards into Wales and north western England. Ahead of it some patchy spells of rain break out but behind it in the north west clearer and showery conditions return. During the afternoon and evening the rain pushes into the south east.

In eastern England temperatures could peak at 16C (61F) but it will be turning cooler as the clearer air returns from the northwest. See the rainfall radar for the latest view.

Tonight the rain clears and with clear periods developing it becomes quite cold with a risk of ground frost in sheltered locations by the morning. In the north west showers continue.

Tomorrow brings a mix of sunshine and showers. In the north and east these could be quite heavy in the afternoon.

By Wednesday high pressure will become increasingly influential. Wet weather probably continues in the north west of the UK but elsewhere it should be fine and quite warm.

During the second half of the week a taste of summer develops as warm air is pulled up from southern Europe. Temperatures soar and 24C (75F) may be reached in southern and central regions. By the weekend low pressure pushing up from the south brings the risk of heavy showers and thunderstorms. Warm but quite changeable conditions probably persist well into the following week.

See Buzz for more information on the warm up and if you're wondering about the long term check out Matt Hugo's summer 2016 update 4.

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