Early May bank holiday weather breaks temperature record

By Jamie Grierson

7 May 2018

Record-breaking temperatures have been reported as people across the UK enjoy a sizzling bank holiday Monday.

Temperatures in Northolt, west London, reached 28.7C (83.6F), making it the hottest early May bank holiday weekend on record, the Met Office said.

The record for an early bank holiday Monday was broken earlier in the day when a temperature of 24.2C was recorded at Herstmonceux, in East Sussex.

The early May bank holiday was introduced in 1978. The hottest early May bank holiday weekend was in 1995 when temperatures hit 28.6C on the Saturday.

The Met Office forecaster Greg Dewhurst said: “We have smashed the warmest bank holiday Monday for early May.”

The maximum average temperatures for May are 13C in the north and 16C in the south. This weekend’s hot conditions have been created by a mix of low pressure, light winds and consistent sunshine.

But not everyone enjoyed blue skies – it was forecast to be cloudier across Northern Ireland and Scotland, the Met Office said. And low cloud, mist and sea fog is affecting the northern coast of Devon and Cornwall.

Looking at the long-range forecast, the Met Office forecaster Charlie Powell said: “It looks like we should be prepared for some pretty changeable weather throughout the second half of May.

“We’re still going to see some dry days, but there’s still going to be some wet days mixed in as well.”


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