Fine and dry Bank Holiday weekend for most

01 May 2014 - Met Office Meteorologists are forecasting dry and fine weather for many over the Bank Holiday weekend.

Saturday is looking to be the best day for sunshine for most parts of the UK after a chilly night with local frost. The highest temperatures on Saturday are expected in the West and Southwest, with the highest likely to be in the mid teens in some areas. The Northeast and East will see cooler conditions with temperatures only likely to reach the low teens. Cloudier conditions are expected to spread eastwards across the north with some rain for western Scotland and Northern Ireland.

There will be more in the way of cloud across the North of the UK on Sunday with some rain in places; however it will still be a reasonable day for many. Southern and Southeastern parts will see the best of the weather on Sunday with brighter and sunnier conditions continuing.

These brighter, sunnier conditions then spread northwards on Bank Holiday Monday leaving most regions with a fine day apart from the west of Scotland and Northern Ireland, where there could be some rain at times. The best of the sunshine is likely across Southern England where temperatures should be approaching 18 °C and locally in the Southeast up to 20 °C. The highest temperatures will occur inland because, though winds will be light, onshore breezes mean that some coastal areas may feel cooler.

Eddy Carroll, Chief Meteorologist at the Met Office said: "It looks as though much of the UK will enjoy some pleasant spring weather this weekend. Although the nights and mornings will be chilly, it should feel pleasantly warm in the daytime sunshine.

The best of that warm sunshine is likely across central and southern parts of England. Northern parts of UK look set to have some rather changeable conditions, but even here there will be some brighter and drier spells, especially in the east. "

James Berresford, VisitEngland's Chief Executive said: "The fine weather forecast for this weekend will hopefully entice those with a spirit of adventure to get out exploring on a day trip or short break in England this May Bank Holiday. There is plenty going on, from the May Bank holiday Street Arts Festival in Poole to family fun events at Eureka! The National Children's Museum in Yorkshire, as well as events and openings at attractions throughout the whole of England to enjoy, whatever the weather. For more inspiration go to www.visitengland.com"

Malcolm Roughead, VisitScotland's Chief Executive, said: "There's no time quite like a Bank Holiday weekend to get out and about and explore some of the great things that are on your doorstep, and it's a real bonus if there's fine weather into the bargain. The Homecoming Scotland 2014 calendar now features more than 800 events taking place the length and breadth of the country, so I would urge people of all ages to see what's happening in their region and make the most of this Bank Holiday weekend!"

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Last updated: 1 May 2014