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Bank holiday forecast

Planning for the bank holiday weekend? See what weather you can expect.

With another bank holiday weekend upon us, you'll want to know what the weather will be doing so you can plan your long weekend.

Many places will see some warm, sunny weather over the weekend, but showers are also likely, so the best advice is to keep up to date with the forecast for your area. You can do this whilst you're out and about using our new weather app.

On Saturday warm sunny spells are likely for many, although central and eastern parts may start rather cloudy. Temperatures will rise into the mid to high teens Celsius, reaching the low 20's Celsius in some parts, but along the east coast it will be cooler with an onshore breeze. Across the south and west of the UK there will be some heavy showers, these could be thundery with the chance of hail, especially during the afternoon across southern parts.

Sunday will bring very similar weather with a lot of the UK staying dry with sunny spells developing after any early low cloud clears. Once again showers will develop, with western parts of the UK likely to catch these with some turning heavy and thundery. Showers across the south are likely to be more isolated than on Friday and Saturday but perhaps more frequent over west Scotland. It will feel warm in the sunshine and light winds in the north and west, but across southern and eastern parts a strengthening breeze may make it feel cooler.

As ever with showers, some places may miss the showers, while other locations could get a large amount of rainfall in a short space of time. Keep up to date with the latest Severe weather warnings for those areas most likely to be affected by the downpours. If you're heading to BBC Radio 1's Big Weekend at Powderham Castle in Devon, check the latest forecast to see whether you need wellies or suncream, or both.

The forecast for bank holiday Monday is less certain, but it looks like western and northern parts are most likely to remain dry with the best of the sunshine. Meanwhile, the east of the UK looks like turning cloudy with outbreaks of rain spreading into southeast England during the day which could be heavy. The wind will also pick up, becoming strong along the east coast of England and Scotland and turning breezy elsewhere.

If you're heading to London this weekend to watch the football play-off finals or the rugby premiership final, check out the latest UK forecast so that you're prepared for the weather.

Chief Operational Meteorologist Andy Page said: "There's plenty of dry, warm and sunny weather this bank holiday weekend to help people take advantage of the events and activities across the UK. However, it's worth keeping up to date with the forecast as there will be some heavy, thundery showers around too."

Patricia Yates, Visit England Director said: "Brits typically take 10 to 12 million overnight trips in the UK during May and the upcoming bank holiday will account for a large number of those, with our latest figures showing that people are taking more short-breaks than ever in the city, country and seaside. With sunshine and showers in the forecast, there's an activity and location to suit all types of weather'"

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