Mixed weather to end to the Bank Holiday weekend

26th May 2019 09:52

Mixed weather to end to the Bank Holiday weekend

If you've been looking at the radar this morning, you maybe think that today is set to be a total write-off. But despite there being lots of wet weather to start the day, things will improve for most.

Weather radar at 8am Sunday

The northern half of Scotland will continue to struggle throughout though, with outbreaks of rain coming and going for most of the day. South of that, if you're starting the day wet, it'll clear with sunny spells breaking through, along perhaps with the odd shower. These particularly affecting Ireland and Northern Ireland this afternoon. 

To the east and south of the rain, as it stands this morning, it will be on the way, but it'll rapidly weaken through the morning. So by the time it reaches the southeast later this afternoon, there'll be little more than a few, mostly light showers and a band of cloud. 

Temperatures today will be cooler than yesterday. The west and north of the country will also struggle thanks to the wind, which incidentally will become increasingly gusty in parts of western Scotland, with gales in exposed places. The low-mid teens will be your lot in western coastal counties, and cooler still across the north of Scotland where 8-10c will be the peak. Elsewhere 16-19c will be the max for much of England and Wales, with southern Scotland reaching 13-16c. 

Temperatures on Sunday afternoon

This evening and overnight, the persistent rain across the northern half of Scotland will clear to showers - these particularly affecting the northeast. There'll also be more showers running through into Ireland with some making it across into northern England, Wales and the Midlands by dawn. 

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Those showers are going to become quite widespread on Bank Holiday Monday with just about all parts of the country in with a shot of catching at least one. Not all will of course, and between them there'll be some warm sunshine to be had, but should you see one, it's liable to be heavy and thundery. So, if you're off to a carnival or event, it's worth taking a waterproof. Southern England will be the region with the highest likelihood of avoiding the majority of the showers.

Temperatures on Monday will be quite similar to today, warm enough in the sunnier spells, but quickly dipping as and when showers pass through. Winds will be lighter across the northern half of the country than today (Sunday), but breezier further south. 

What's to follow after the bank holiday?

Beyond the long weekend, the mixed conditions are set to continue, but high pressure will never be too far away. And by next weekend it could start to back ridge north over the country, settling the weather right down again. 

Tuesday will stick with the showery theme we saw on Monday, with a good number of them breaking out during the day. They are likely to fade from the west during the afternoon, bringing a sunnier end to the day.

Into Wednesday, the showers are likely to be fewer and further between. But we will need to keep an eye on the threat of some persistent rain moving into southern areas. That patchy, showers but sometimes heavy rain is likely to spread northeast across England, Wales and perhaps southern Scotland by Thursday. To the north of it (and its northern extent is a little uncertain), it will stay mostly dry and bright. 

Improving next weekend?

The latter part of the week should see the rain and showers start to clear. And with high pressure then likely to come our way, the weekend could be a much more settled affair.

High pressure next weekend?

It's still a little way off though, so we'll keep you updated as the week goes on.

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