Sun­shine this week­end? Don’t bank on it

Daily Mail - - News - By Richard Mars­den

TWO weeks ago, the na­tion was slap­ping on the sun cream. This time, how­ever, we are just as likely to be reach­ing for our win­ter wool­lies.

Af­ter record-break­ing heat at Easter, Bri­tons have been warned to ex­pect a chilly feel to this bank hol­i­day week­end.

Tem­per­a­tures in many ar­eas could only just reach dou­ble fig­ures, with the chance of sharp frosts and win­try show­ers.

Fore­cast­ers pre­dict an east-west di­vide, with sun­shine and show­ers in the East and fine con­di­tions else­where. Even the South may strug­gle to reach 12C ( 4F) over the week­end. In the North East, a max­i­mum of 9C (48F) is likely tomorrow, ris­ing to 10C ( 0F) on Sun­day. The day­time av­er­age for the start of May is around 16C (61F).

Frosts are pos­si­ble in parts of the Pen­nines and Welsh moun­tains, where tem­per­a­tures could fall as low as -3C (27F) tonight and tomorrow night. Higher overnight tem­per­a­tures of 3C to C (37-41F) are fore­cast else­where. The chilly weather is be­ing caused by an area of high pres­sure, which is set to drag a mass of Arc­tic air south­wards.

Ac­cord­ing to the Met Of­fice, to­day will be ‘cloudy for many, with show­ery rain mov­ing slowly south­wards across Eng­land and Wales’.

Tomorrow will see a cold and frosty start for many with the chance of heavy show­ers for the Mid­lands and South East, and a risk of hail. Sun­day is set to be dry ex­cept for show­ers in the North East, which will con­tinue into Mon­day.

Andy Page, Met Of­fice chief me­te­o­rol­o­gist, said: ‘Af­ter cold, frosty starts and cool days for many across the Bank Hol­i­day week­end, day­time tem­per­a­tures will grad­u­ally re­cover early next week, how­ever they will not come near the high val­ues we saw over the Easter week­end.’

Rain and gales are pos­si­ble in the South, the South West and Wales on Tues­day.

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