BRITS are set to bask in 23C sunshine today before two days of torrential rain hits the country during the May Bank Holiday, according to the Met Office.
Sunny spells will give many in the South warm weather tomorrow before heavy rains sweeps in.
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May Bank Holiday weather forecast: The weekend kicks off with sunny spells before a washout
The Met Office says that the long weekend will start bright and warm for many in much of England and Wales as temperatures will push to 23C in some parts.
Rain will gradually affect Scotland and Northern Ireland tomorrow and go into the evening.
It will stay dry further South, but will become cloudy in places.
The Midlands will wake up to rainy conditions tomorrow.
Temperatures across the country will range between the high teens and low twenties, according to the Met Office.
But the changeable weather conditions mean many will see rain at some point during the long weekend.
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No one will be safe from the showers – with some spots seeing heavy downpours at times.
Cloud and rain will gradually be pushing south-eastwards throughout the weekend.
And cooler conditions will make it a grim start to the last week of spring.
By Monday, forecasters have warned temperatures will be “cooler with sunshine and showers, some heavy”.
An area of low pressure will slowly move in from the Atlantic, bringing cloudy outbreaks of rain.
Showers will be the heaviest in the North and West, but many in the South can also expect rain.
The Met Office said there is likely to be “sunshine and showers for most places” over the three-day break.
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A spokesperson said: “The weather is looking very changeable. We are looking at cloudy skies at times.
“Some areas will have rain on Saturday, others on Sunday or Monday. There’s a lot of uncertainty.”
Forecasters warned temperatures were likely to peak at around 20C (68F) – compared to highs of 22C to 23C midweek.
They added: “The temperature will be pleasant but not quite as high as we have been seeing.”
Despite the current unpredictable weather, Britain is said to be on track for a scorcher of a summer.
The mercury is set to hit sizzling highs of 30C (86F) in June, according to forecasts.
Those who are escaping to Europe for the long weekend will have a better time of it – with Spain and the south of France looking at highs in the low 30s.
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The gloomy weather will be in stark contrast to the Spring Bank Holiday last year – where most of the country enjoyed warm sunshine.
But Britain could probably do without a repeat of the flash floods and thunderstorms seen in parts of southern England in the wake of the 2018 heatwave.
The soaring temperatures come after the UK fried during last year’s record-breaking summer – with a repeat of the high mercury on the cards.
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