Wet and windy week ahead after coldest May Bank Holiday ever recorded

More rain and strong winds are heading for the UK this week (Picture: PA/SWNS)

The UK is headed for more wet and windy weather this week following one of the coldest May Bank Holidays ever recorded.

Temperatures plunged to -5.9C in Kinbrace, Scotland, on Monday, making it the joint coldest May Bank Holiday on record with 2012. The chilly conditions are now expected to continue this week, with heavy rain, hail and even some snow in store.

The Met Office currently has issued a weather warning for disruptive winds across the south of England and Wales, with the alerts due to end around 9am on Tuesday.

Alex Burkill, a Met Office meteorologist, told Metro.co.uk that the coming week would continue to be showery, with temperatures expected to stay ‘on the low side’ for all the UK.

He said: ‘There will be a lot of very wet and windy weather. Monday night will be a showery night for many, with the strongest winds in the south, where there will be severe gales throughout the whole night.

‘There could also be some some sleet and snow over some parts of Scotland, although this is unlikely to settle.

Hardy drinkers brave the elements under umbrellas at the Canal House, Birmingham, May 3, 2021. Britain is set to be hit by 65mph winds and heavy rain on Bank Holiday Monday, and it is not going to feel like May next week with the possibility of snow on higher ground.

Drinkers will have to brave the weather to sit outside with friends (Picture: SWNS)
Umbrellas will be needed this week (Picture: North News & Pictures)
There will be spouts of heavy rain, and even hail in some parts of the country (Picture: PA)

‘From Tuesday there will then be spouts of heavy rain and even hail mixed in across the country, with potential for a spell of persistent rain in the south west.

‘By day, it will be quite chilly, and by night, we may see pretty harsh widespread frost during both Wednesday night through to Thursday, and Thursday through to Friday. Thursday night will be the coldest, frostiest night.’

Mr Burkill said temperatures should then begin to rise again towards the end of the week – but not before more rain and winds return for the weekend.

He went on: ‘There will be some fine weather in the east and south east, and maybe in London temperatures will reach the high teens on Saturday, making it feel relatively pleasant.

People watch the waves in Porthcawl, Wales, amid strong winds (Picture: PA)
It was the coldest May Bank Holiday ever recorded, tied with 2012 (Picture: PA)
The bad weather didn’t deter punters from their plans (Picture: PA)
Temperatures might pick up, but the weekend could still be a washout (Picture: PA)

‘But we are expecting further wet and windy weather after Saturday, which could lead to another wet weekend overall.’

Mr Burkill said forecasters are not expecting the rain to cause any issues with flooding, as April was generally dry.

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