Wednesday, 12 May 2021

UK weather forecast: Bank Holiday WASHOUT as 43mm of rain due in fierce Atlantic downpour

BBC Weather: UK set for showers and strong wind

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The first May Bank Holiday weekend will start with occasional showers on Saturday and Sunday, albeit with scattered sun and temperatures in the low to mid-teens. However, Monday looks set to be hit by heavy downpours and strong winds, especially along the west coast.

Up to 31mm (1.2in) of rain is expected to fall on Monday alone in parts of the country, according to news weather charts.

WXCharts’ 24-hour accumulation chart warns of heavy rain in the West of Britain on May 3.

Northwest Wales could be hit by 31mm over a 24-hour period on Monday, northwest England could get 21mm, while parts of the East of England could see 15mm.

The south of England looks set to see the least amount of rainfall, with between 5mm and 10mm expected over the whole day.

A second weather chart highlights the amount of rain expected from today until the end of the bank holiday.

The WXCharts map shows the entire country a deep blue, indicating at least 15mm (0.6in) of rain is predicted to fall everywhere during this period.

Parts of the south can expect up to 31mm, while Wales is still set to get the worst of the rainfall with up to 43mm (1.7in).

Not a single area in Britain will escape the rain over the long weekend.

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The Met Office’s forecast for Saturday to Monday states: “Rather cold with scattered showers Saturday and Sunday.

“Further night frosts for many.

“Becoming wet and windy Monday, with gales in places.

“Still rather cold, though milder by night.”

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Met Office meteorologist Aidan McGivern added: “Thursday through to Sunday we can expect some sunny spells but also scattered heavy downpours.”

But he warned there is a bout of low pressure set to move over the UK from late Sunday, which will make for unsettled, rainy conditions on Bank Holiday Monday.

Mr McGivern said: “What looks likely on Bank Holiday Monday is that this low will bring heavy and persistent rain as well as a strengthening wind in from the west to affect many places.

“So dry start in the east turning wet and windy in many places through the day.”

BBC forecasters also expect heavy rain to fall this weekend:

They said: “High pressure is expected to shift away and be less influential with weak, slow-moving low pressure systems bringing some bands of rain or afternoon showers.

“Some areas in southern England may record more rain this week than they have seen the rest of the entire month!

“Temperatures are likely to remain below average for the time of year with northerly winds bringing some cooler polar air into the country and continuing to bring some crisp mornings.”

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