For most of the UK the weekend will be warm and dry
There will be a real taste of summer for anyone heading outdoors over much of Britain this holiday weekend — although there could be a sting in the tail on Monday.
For most of the UK the weekend will be warm and dry, and some places could have the highest temperatures of the year, up to 24C (75F).
The fine weather comes from a finger of the sub-tropical Azores high-pressure system thrusting up from the south and keeping bands of rain from the Atlantic at bay. However, northwestern parts of the country will be draped by weather fronts sweeping from Iceland, so showers and cooler temperatures are expected, although with sunny intervals.
But on Bank Holiday Monday the weather picture may flip completely. Although the forecasters at the Met Office are still uncertain, a damp squib seems to be in store.
For the rest of the week, though, the Azores high reasserts itself and brings back the warm sunshine.
Things could be so much worse. Ever since Harold Wilson’s Government fixed the late spring Bank Holiday in 1967 to replace the moveable Whitsun holiday, it has usually been a case of sunshine and showers.