May bank holiday set to be hottest on record

Faith Castro
May 5, 2018

Hot weather on Brighton beach.Picture: Allan Hutchings.

Sheffield is heating up today ahead of a warm and sunny Bank Holiday weekend.

Temperatures will start to creep up from Friday with the cool north-easterly winds of recent days being replaced by warm air from the Azores.

Early indications show the hot weather and sunshine could last until the middle of May after a miserable end to April, according to forecasters.

"It's just 5/4 for the thermometer in London to hit 24°C on bank holiday Monday and it doesn't look out of the realms of possibility at 10/1 that this year's May will be the hottest on record".

In central England and Wales there will be more cloudy skies but temperatures will still be quite high for this time of year.

If temperatures rise above 29C on Monday a new daily record for May 7 will be set, beating the 29C recorded in Waddon, London, in 1976.

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Then, Monday will continue mainly dry with sunny spells, there might be a bit of drizzle again (a small price to pay) and highest temperatures will be 14 to 19 or 20 degrees.

It comes in sharp contrast to last Monday when some parts of the United Kingdom experienced "unseasonably cold weather" and saw more than half of one month's rainfall in a day.

Highs of 30C could be recorded in southern England as thermometers shoot up into the 20Cs across the nation, he said.

There will be blue skies and high temperatures throughout England and Wales with the south-east of England getting the best of the weather.

The sunshine will officially arrive across the country on during a brighter day on Saturday with few cloudier periods with the risk of a little drizzle.

She said: "It could beat that (28.6C) for the Monday in which case it would be the hottest ever early Spring bank holiday weekend".

The capital is backed to top the United Kingdom temperature charts, while Birmingham is next at 7/2, with Cardiff in with a simmering 5/1 chance.

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