Met Office weather: Temperatures to remain ‘above average’ in May but ‘heavy downpours’ forecast

It has been the perfect weather for Easter egg hunts, picnics, walks and perhaps even the first barbecues of the year this weekend. We’ve all enjoyed a spectacular Easter, with temperatures above average across the UK.

The good news is the Met Office have said that May will continue to see temperatures above average in their long range forecast. The experts have said there will be a “good deal of fine and dry weather” in early May, and that “temperatures are most likely to be above normal”.

It appears early May will be a great time to book some holiday time with only the off chance of some showers. For the end of April, the forecasters are saying that it will be “mainly dry”. Yet before that we have to get through some “heavy downpours” today (Tuesday, April 19).

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The South West forecast for April 19 said: “Showery around some western coasts at first, with these developing elsewhere through the morning. Slow-moving heavy downpours are possible by the afternoon, but some western areas becoming drier and sunnier. Maximum temperature 15 ° C. “

For the outlook for Wednesday to Friday the Met Office have said it’ll be “cooler”.

They forecast: “Drier and warmer on Wednesday with periods of sunshine and only very isolated showers. Mostly dry on Thursday and Friday but becoming somewhat cloudier and cooler, with brisk easterly winds.”

Yet past the end of April things start to look up again, here’s what the long range forecast from the Met Office:

Saturday, April 23 to Monday, May 2

“Mainly dry to start this period, with cloud likely thickening in the far south allowing for some rain here. This rain looking to shift northwards with time, with northeastern and northwestern areas remaining driest for the longest.

“However, no heavy rainfall is likely, with any showers looking to be light. Generally light winds for most, perhaps breezy in the persistent easterly flow in the south and west, particularly at the start of the period.

“Could see temperatures slightly higher than recent to start the week, tending to decrease over the subsequent days. Uncertain in timing, but from the following weekend, any rainfall perhaps in more organized bands. Probably turning more settled heading into May.”

Tuesday, May 3 to Tuesday, May 17

“Likely to begin the period with unsettled weather, bringing outbreaks of rain in places, especially the south, and probable fine and dry weather often in the north. Turning more settled, with most likely a good deal of fine and dry weather for the remainder of the period, although there is still a chance of some brief unsettled spells at times.

“Temperatures are most likely to be above normal.”

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