BRITS will enjoy sunshine and dry spells today – before the weather takes a nasty turn over the Bank Holiday weekend.
The Met Office said it would be a largely fine and dry day for many across the UK, but there is a chance of some isolated showers in Scotland and Northern Ireland.
There could be more persistent rainfall in the north of Scotland during the day, but the best of any evening sunshine will be in southern Scotland.
A Met Office spokesman said: “Cool, wet and windy weather will linger in the far northeast of Scotland.”
Forecasters warned the Bank Holiday weekend could be a washout as unsettled conditions are expected for Friday and Saturday.
A North-South split this Bank Holiday weekend will see dreary showers for some yet warm 20C sunshine for others.
Forecasters have warned thundery downpours will drench Scotland before gusts push the wet weather down to the west of England.
But while the North endures a washout – the South East of the country will enjoy light cloud and sunny spells for most of the long weekend.
Meteorologist Mark Wilson said: “It’s likely that the weather’s going to turn a bit more changeable.
“It’s dry across most of the country at the moment but by the time we get to the Bank Holiday there’s going to be much more cloud around.
“That cloud cover could be thick enough to bring showers and some spells of rain and we are likely to see bands of rain spreading their way eastwards across the UK.”
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He added: “Some areas will see some brightness but all of us will see some cloud and some rain.”
Mr Wilson said that temperatures were likely to peak at around 20C (68F) – compared to highs of 22C to 23C midweek.
He said: “The temperature will be pleasant but not quite as high as we have been seeing.”
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As the week progresses, showery rain will strike hardest in the west today – but it will be largely dry and bright elsewhere.
Friday is also set to be sunny but with the chance of isolated showers.
A cloudy but warm weekend is expected for the Bank Holiday – with temperatures “a little below average” for this time of the year.
Changeable and cool weather is likely to continue throughout the half term week, the Met Office warned.
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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Mr Wilson added: “Unfortunately, the UK is not going to be particularly sunny compared to parts of Europe.”
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.
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