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Spring Bank Holiday

Whitsun weather


26/05/2017

May off to a dry start

The first half of the month brought a lot of dry weather and the Central England Temperature (CET) was close to 1C above the average. Mid month brought more unsettled weather. Will this continue as we head towards the Spring (or Whitsun) Bank Holiday which is on 29th May this year?

Sunny day

Bank holiday prospects

The Bank Holiday weekend weather is looking very mixed. The hot and settled spell which much of the UK has enjoyed during recent days is expected to break down. This brings a risk of downpours and thunderstorms, but there will be spells of warm sunshine too.

Saturday

Downpours spread northeastwards during the course of the day. In south eastern England sunny periods continue, but there is a risk of storms. Northeastern areas probably remain dry until the afternoon. Hot in the south and south east but cooler elsewhere.

Arpege rain forecast 1

 

Sunday

A mostly fine and sunny start. During the course of the day the risk of thunderstorms increases in southern counties, but central and northern regions probably remain fine. Very warm in the south.

Arpege rain forecast 2

 

Bank Holiday Monday

Heavy and thundery outbreaks of rain spread northwards. During the second half of the day warm sunny spells could return to the south east.

Arpege rain forecast 3

 

Summary

The weather prospects for the late May Bank Holiday weekend aren't great as a transition to a more unsettled weather pattern takes place. There will be some spells of very warm sunshine, but also a thunderstorms and torrential downpours. In places flash flooding could cause disruption.

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