Bank Holiday weekend temperatures could reach 20C, but don't expect sunshine

Veron Pimm accompanied by his canine passenger Bibi kayaks along the River Thames close to Boulter's Lock in Maidenhead Riverside Berkshire. Sun worshippers are set to sizzle in the spring heatwave with Bank Holiday Monday forecast to be the hotte

"This holiday was only introduced in 1978, some 40 years ago, but the record has stood for nearly 20 years when we saw 23.2C (73F) in 1999".

"It's very, very likely we'll beat the 1999 record".

Bank Holiday Monday is forecast to be the hottest since records began.

The BBC weather forecaster added temperatures could rocket to 29C in west London. "Perhaps even 28C or 29C to the west of London".

Referring to the day of the eagerly anticipated wedding, Mr Powell added: "We've got this idea that there could be some warmer spells, most likely across the south and east of England, so at least that bodes well for wedding locations and things like that".

Monday's highest temperatures should easily beat those expected that day in many parts of Europe and even parts of north Africa.

'There's also a 30 per cent chance Monday will exceed 83.5F to be the warmest day recorded over this holiday weekend since 1978.

"Most of the United Kingdom will be dry throughout the weekend, with an increasing amount of sunshine".

Traffic spokesman Rod Dennis said: "Many people will still be keen to make the most of the early May warmth by escaping in the auto to spend time with family or friends especially after the recent chilly spell that even lead to some overnight frosts at the start of this week".

We are being told to expect warm weather for the long weekend - but not much sunshine.

Met Office deputy chief meteorologist Chris Bulmer said: 'We can't promise wall to wall sunshine for everyone this Bank Holiday weekend.

Saturday will see temperatures reach a high of 15 to 20 degrees.

Enjoy the sunshine and visit some of these best rooftop bars across LeedsThe record highest temperature for May is 32.8C which was recorded in 1922 and 1944.

Leading bookmaker Coral is slashed odds to 10-11 that this month ends as the hottest May on record in the UK.

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