May Bank Holiday UK weather forecast: Bright sunshine but could it rain on VE day?

Friday, 8th May 2020, 10:00 am
Updated Friday, 8th May 2020, 10:00 am
Friday (8 May) is the first bank holiday of May, but will the weather in the UK be bright, sunny and warm or bleak and grey? (Photo: Shutterstock)

Friday (8 May) is the first bank holiday of May, but will the weather in the UK be bright, sunny and warm or bleak and grey?

Here’s the current weather forecast.

What will the weather be like on bank holiday Friday?

Friday (8 May) will be a mixed bag. There will be early showers over southwestern UK, which will ease and leave sunny spells. Northern Scotland will be chilly and cloudy with rain at times.

Southern UK will be fine, warm and dry. Elsewhere, it will be warm with sunny spells and scattered afternoon showers, some of which will be heavy and thundery.

Friday evening will see Northern Scotland remaining cloudy with rain at times. There will be clear spells with daytime showers fading elsewhere this evening, and one or two mist or fog patches about by dawn.

What will the weather be like this weekend?

Saturday (9 May) will be chilly, cloudy and windy in Scotland, with some rain. Southern UK will be fine, warm and dry, and it will be warm with sunny spells and scattered afternoon showers, some heavy and thundery elsewhere.

Sunday (10 May) will be warm with sunny spells in the south, with the chance of a few showers. There will be some rain across central areas, but it will become much colder in the north, with some sunshine and showers.

What’s the long-range forecast?

Looking further ahead, the Met Office, UK outlook towards the 17 May explains, “The weather will likely turn more unsettled, with a gradual increase in spells of rain and showers for most, broken by brief sunny or bright spells.”

It is also expected to turn windier in some western regions with cooler temperatures in the north, which will then spread throughout the UK.

The heaviest rainfall will be in southern regions, but the unsettled picture is set to continue until mid-month, where there is a chance that the UK could see some longer, drier spells.

However, this is more likely later in May, beyond this period.

The UK outlook from Monday 18 May to Monday 1 June adds, “Generally a largely unsettled picture is set to continue, with periods of rain and showers broken by some brighter spells whilst staying on the cooler side.”

The heaviest rain is expected in the south, but towards the end of May, there is an increasing chance of longer, drier spells, with temperatures also turning warmer.