Pleasant Bank Holiday weekend for most

2 May 2013 - Met Office forecasters are expecting pleasant weather for many over the Bank Holiday weekend, with a good deal of dry weather and some sunshine at times.

Saturday may start cloudy with some rain across southern counties of England, but this should clear away during the morning to leave England, Wales and Northern Ireland seeing a fine day with some sunshine and temperatures in the mid teens. Further north across Scotland it looks set to become windy with some rain spreading from the west.

This north-south split with unsettled weather for parts of Scotland and mainly fine weather for many other parts should continue for Sunday and Monday. Across England and Wales, sunny spells should develop after rather cloudy and misty dawns, with the best of the sunshine likely across central and south-east England and East Anglia where temperatures should be in the low 20's Celsius. Some coastal areas may stay rather cloudy and misty.

Will Lang, Chief Forecaster at the Met Office said: "It looks as though much of the UK will enjoy some pleasant spring weather this weekend. The best of any warm sunshine is likely away from the coasts across central and southern parts of England. Northern parts of UK look set to have some rather changeable conditions, but there will be some bright and dry spells to enjoy."

James Berresford, VisitEngland's Chief Executive said: "An improvement in the weather over the bank holiday should hopefully inspire people to get out and about and make the most of the long weekend.  There is lots on offer from jousting tournaments at Blenheim Palace to a Bank Holiday Boat Rally at Bodiam Castle in Sussex, as well as events and openings at attractions throughout the whole of England."

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May Bank Holiday weather forecast
Aidan McGivern explains the forecast for the May Bank Holiday weekend.

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Last updated: 3 May 2013