UK weather forecast news LIVE – Britain to bask in 20C May Bank Holiday HEATWAVE as thunder & rain make way for sunshine

WARMER days are on the horizon with a long-range forecast from Accuweather predicting a 20C heatwave in June.

Sunnier conditions will make its first appearance on Bank Holiday Monday where temperatures are likely to hit 20C.

It comes after May 2021 was reportedly 2.1C colder than the average of 8.3C at this time of the year.

A Met Office meteorologist told the i that it could be the coldest May since 1996.

“It’s been a disappointing May and at the moment there are no particularly strong signs that trend will change in the next week," Simon Patridge said.

Read our weather live blog below for the latest updates…

  • Joseph Gamp

    IN PICTURES: MISTY EARLY MORNING ON RIVER THAMES IN HENLEY, OXFORDSHIRE

    A rower sits on the water surrounded by a mist covered landscape, in the early morning on the River Thames at Henley-on-Thames in OxfordshireCredit: LNP

     

  • Joseph Gamp

    ODDS SLASHED ON WETTEST MAY MONTH ON RECORD

    Ladbrokes has slashed their odds on this month going down as the wettest May on record. 

    Having been battered by heavy rain for the last few weeks and with even more on the way, the bookies have cut odds from 1/2 to just 1/3 on this going down as the wettest May ever. 

    Alex Apati of Ladbrokes said: “It looks as though this summer could well be a washout with record-breaking rain set to fall over the coming weeks and months.”

  • Hana Carter

    TORRENTIAL DOWNPOURS HAVE LED TO HIGHER THAN AVERAGE RAINFALL

    Torrential downpours have led to the UK recording more than its average rainfall for May but forecasters say it will be drier and warmer over the bank holiday weekend.

    The UK has been gripped by persistent low pressure systems since the start of the month, with Wales and northern parts of England bearing the brunt of heavy rainfall and stormy conditions.

    The Met Office said that up to Saturday the UK had seen 109.3mm of rainfall – 157% of the long-term average for May.

    This makes it the 10th wettest May on record, according to Met Office figures.

    In Wales 200.7mm of rain has fallen – double the monthly average – making it the wettest May in records dating back to 1862.

    But meteorologist Dan Stroud said that the UK was unlikely to become the wettest May on record by surpassing the 131.7mm of rainfall in 1967.

  • Hana Carter

    PICTURED: RAIN IN CAMBRIDGE

    A group of girls make the most of things as they sit in the rain on a punt in CambridgeCredit: SWNS
  • Hana Carter

    HURRAH! WARMER CONDITIONS ON THE WAY

  • Hana Carter

    SPRINGTIME WEATHER FORECAST FOR JUNE SAYS MET OFFICE

    Met Office meteorologist Annie Shuttleworth said more settled springtime weather is predicted for the following week.

    She said the long-term forecast suggests June will be much drier than May.

    “The most likely scenario at the moment is looking like predominantly dry weather, at quite a contrast to what we’ve seen with the wet weather in May, so that would be an improvement,” she added.

  • Hana Carter

    HEAVY SHOWERS AND HAIL IN SOME PLACES

  • Chiara Fiorillo

    FUN IN THE RAIN

    Tourists get soaked whilst out punting on the River Cam in Cambridge today.

    People wrapped up warm as heavy rain showers, hail and thunder hit parts of England and Wales.

    Warmer weather is forecast by the weekend. 

    Tourists sheltered under umbrellas on the River Cam in CambridgeCredit: Geoff Robinson
  • Chiara Fiorillo

    WAITING FOR THE WEEKEND

    The Met Office’s meteorologist Sarah Kent said: “It will be an unsettled start to this week with heavy, thundery showers.

    “But the weekend is going to be much better.

    “From Thursday, high pressure will bring dry weather and warmer temperatures.

    “The weekend looks fine and settled with higher temperatures.”

  • Chiara Fiorillo

    WET MONTH

    Ladbrokes has slashed their odds on this month going down as the wettest May on record. 

    Having been battered by heavy rain for the last few weeks and with even more on the way, the bookies have cut odds from 1/2 to just 1/3 on this going down as the wettest May ever. 

    Alex Apati of Ladbrokes said: “It looks as though this summer could well be a washout with record-breaking rain set to fall over the coming weeks and months.”

  • Hana Carter

    DOWNPOURS SET TO CONTINUE FOR NEXT THREE DAYS

    Britain was lashed on Sunday by downpours and that looks set to continue for at least the next three days.

    Heavy showers along with hail and thunder are expected to greet the start of the working week for most parts in England and Wales.

    Scotland is predicted to be cold and wet come Monday morning.

    It will remain cold throughout the UK in the coming days with temperatures struggling to hit 14C at best.

    Temperatures could dip as low as 6C in the Midlands and northern England. This month could be one of the wettest Mays on record, surpassing 1967, when 131.7mm of rain fell across the UK.

  • Hana Carter

    IS WARMER WEATHER ON THE WAY? WE HOPE SO!

  • Hana Carter

    26C THIS TIME LAST YEAR

    This time last year temperatures sizzled at 26C (79F) and thousands flocked to beaches — like the spot next to Durdle Door in Dorset – to lap up the sun, defying lockdown advice.

    But on Sunday, Britain was lashed on Sunday by downpours and that looks set to continue for at least the next three days.

  • Hana Carter

    ROADS BLOCKED BY TREES

    Travel chaos has been sparked by fallen trees overnight in SouthamptonCredit: Solent
  • Hana Carter

    MINI-HEATWAVE TO HIT

    A mini heatwave of 24C temperatures is coming – to the relief of many rain-soaked Brits.

    Forecasters say we can look forward to a balmy bank holiday break with temperatures climbing to 20C (68F).

    And highs of 21C to hit Kent and the south by June 1 with temperatures expected to reach 24C in the couple of days after that.

    And they predict the good weather will stick around for more than two weeks.

  • Hana Carter

    HEAVY SHOWERS FOR ENGLAND AND WALES

  • Hana Carter

    TONIGHT'S FORECAST

    Heavier showers in the south easing, though a few continuing, chiefly around coasts.

    Northeastern parts of the UK mostly cloudy with some showery rain in places. Chilly in clearer areas.

  • Hana Carter

    PICTURED: SHARD OF LIGHT

    London's The Shard resembles a Pink Floyd album cover today as a beautiful rainbow brightens the grey skyCredit: Alamy
  • Hana Carter

    MET OFFICE EXPERT: JUNE WILL BE MUCH DRIER THAN MAY

    Met Office meteorologist Annie Shuttleworth said more settled springtime weather is predicted for the following week.

    She said the long-term forecast suggests June will be much drier than May.

    “The most likely scenario at the moment is looking like predominantly dry weather, at quite a contrast to what we’ve seen with the wet weather in May, so that would be an improvement,” she added.

  • Hana Carter

     TEMPERATURES SET TO PASS 20C ON MAY BANK HOLIDAY WEEKEND

    Next weekend, things will change for the better.

    Temperatures of up to 20C are expected on May 31.

    And highs of could hit 21C in Kent and the south by June 1.

    London is set to be hit with 22C and 23C temperatures, according to charts from Netweather.

    The return of indoor boozing has come at the perfect time as May continues to be wet and windy.

  • Hana Carter

    MET OFFICE'S FORECAST: MONDAY

    Persistent rain for parts of north and east Scotland, where distinctly chilly.

    Elsewhere sunny spells and showers, heaviest over parts of Wales and England, where hail and thunder is possible.

    Rather cool, although probably feeling reasonable in sunnier breaks.

  • Hana Carter

    ODDS SLASHED ON THIS MONTH BEING WETTEST MAY ON RECORD – LADBROKES

    Ladbrokes has slashed their odds on this month going down as the wettest May on record. 

    Having been battered by heavy rain for the last few weeks and with even more on the way, the bookies have cut odds from 1/2 to just 1/3 on this going down as the wettest May ever. 

    Alex Apati of Ladbrokes said: “It looks as though this summer could well be a washout with record-breaking rain set to fall over the coming weeks and months.”

  • Hana Carter

    NATURE TO BE REINTRODUCED TO THE WEST COUNTRY

    One of the West Country's worst holiday road bottlenecks is to get a £330 million upgrade…with slow worms, otters, bats and badgers in mind.

    The notorious A30 between Chiverton to Carland Cross – dreaded by millions of tourists for its snail's pace traffic jams – is to be made into a dual carriageway by 2023.

    But, in a ground-breaking scheme to reduce roadkill, it will also be wildlife-friendly.

    Highways England say the 8.7-mile section of dual carriageway is being created with the aim of helping to promote economic growth, improve journey times and increase safety.

    But bosses say the scheme is not just about improving safety, journey reliability and connectivity for local communities – it also goes for otters and other wildlife too.

  • Hana Carter

    SUNDAY'S EXTREMES

  • Hana Carter

    PICTURED: A ROWER MAKES HER WAY THROUGH THE FOG

    The early bird catches the worm: a rower takes in the beautiful landscape in Henley-On-Thames this morningCredit: LNP

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