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UK weather: Heavy rain, snow and 50mph winds on miserable bank holiday washout

Heavy rain, strong winds and even snow will make for a miserable bank holiday Monday as the weather takes a turn for the worse.

Temperatures dropped to an unseasonable low of -1C on Sunday night, with much of the UK waking up to frosty conditions.

Rain will sweep in across most of Britain during the day, with winds up to 50mph, and the north of England could even see a smattering of the white stuff thanks to the cold snap.

The Met Office has issued a two day weather warning for wind, from noon on Monday until 9am on Tuesday, for all of England and Wales south of Birmingham.

Road, rail and ferry journeys could all be affected by the powerful gusts, making for unpleasant conditions for many celebrating the first bank holiday after lockdown restrictions were eased last month.

Weather map for Monday 3 May 2021
The rain will sweep in from the west during the day and cover most of the country

A Met Office spokesman said: “For most of us, bank holiday Monday is going to be a wet and windy day, and in that wind and rain it’s certainly going to be feeling chilly for the time of year.

“It’s all down to an area of low pressure which will move across the country during the course of Monday and behind it we return to northerly winds so maintaining that cold feel we’ve all been used to.

“We will see some sunshine first thing on bank holiday Monday but it’s won’t last.

Met Office weather warning for Monday May 3rd
The Met Office issued a weather warning for strong winds until Tuesday

“The cloud and rain across the west will gradually make it’s way eastwards during the course of the day, that rain turning quite heavy and persistent at times especially across parts of Wales, west England and southern Scotland.

“It will be accompanied by a strong wind, especially in the south. We do have a yellow wind warning in place across parts of Wales and southern England.

“The far south east of England the far north of Scotland however may remain dry for most of the afternoon with some spells of sunshine.

A group of hardy pub goers have raised a smile after being pictured enjoying an outdoor pint - in the pouring rain
Punters braved the rain on Sunday to enjoy a pint – and will have to get the umbrellas out again on Monday

“Going into the evening that rain continues to spread its way eastwards, the rain also turning to snow at times across the high ground of Scotland and perhaps also northern England.”

The rest of the week isn’t looking much better, with further rain for much of the UK and chilly temperatures as low as -1C and struggling to reach double figures.

It comes after April saw the lowest average minimum temperatures for the month since 1922, as air frost and clear conditions combined for a frost-laden, chilly month, despite long hours of sunshine.

Early provisional figures from the Met Office’s National Climate Information Centre indicate April had the third lowest average UK minimum temperature for the month since records began in 1884, while Wales, Scotland and England all reported their figures in their top five lowest ever recorded.

Weather for Monday 3 May 2021

MET OFFICE OUTLOOK

Monday:

Early rain over Northern Ireland spreads eastwards reaching the far east of the UK this afternoon. Rain then heavy at times and also some snow on Scottish mountains. Becoming windy, especially in southern and western UK, with coastal gales.

Monday evening

Early evening rain over England clearing, clearer spells and showers already over Ireland and Wales following. Scotland staying cloudier with rain and hill snow. Windy, especially this evening.

Tuesday:

An unsettled and chilly day with a fair amount of cloud and showers or longer spells of rain. Best conditions southwest England and far north Scotland. Less windy than today.

Outlook for Wednesday to Friday:

Sunshine and showers, wintry at times in the north. Rain across the south on Thursday. Light winds; rather chilly by day with widespread overnight frosts.



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