BRITISH people hoping to get the most out of the upcoming holiday season may find that their plans have been spoiled by rain views over the weekend.
However, there is some good news on the horizon as warm and sunny periods are expected in late May, forecasters say.
Outbreaks of rain, especially over the north, are likely to dampen mood on April 30, according to the Met Office.
The southern regions are expected to remain dry with some sunny spots and sometimes cloudy conditions.
Despite this, temperatures are expected to remain around normal at 18C, or even slightly above, possibly reaching 20C, for this time of year.
However, night temperatures in the south are expected to remain cold and there is a prospect of frost in protected land areas.
Unresolved conditions are likely, as the long weekend continues, “bringing periods of rain, mainly to the north and west, with patchy showers at times mainly in the east, and potentially slightly cooler air for a period,” says the Met Office.
The wind will generally remain weak, although the east coast may see some stronger breezes.
Unstable weather is likely to continue into mid-May with sunny periods and showers, but the Met Office has some good news as the month continues.
Its long-term forecast says: “Dryer and more stable conditions are expected to return towards the end of May, with temperatures close to or above average for this time.
Bookies remain convinced that the coming May may be the hottest ever.
Ladbrokes have cut their odds from 7/2 to just 3/1 next month, hosting the hottest May ever.
Alex Apati of Ladbrokes said: “Things are going in the right direction on the weather front and we may be set for a record hot May as a result.”
As for the rest of this week, today it is expected to be mainly dry with sunshine, although clouds are expected in the northern and eastern parts with a few showers.
These showers will clear up during the night, although it will be cool where the sky is clear and there is likely to be frost in rural areas.
Cloud is likely to return to the eastern parts on Wednesday, although other parts of the country are expected to be dry and fine with sunshine after a cool start to the day.
The situation with a cool start with warm, sunny periods is expected to continue for the rest of the working week.
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