Prepare for a sizzling 29C... and lightning and hail

Lawrence Kim
June 2, 2021

The wettest locations, receiving more than twice the average rainfall, were southwest and northeast England, as well as Wales and parts of eastern Scotland.

Saturday dawned cloudy across many parts of the United Kingdom, but the skies cleared as the morning progressed, making a lazy afternoon in a beer garden an attractive option.

Wednesday is expected to be another fine day for many, but thunderstorms are likely across parts of south-west England and south-west Wales, leading the Met Office to issue a yellow weather warning for these areas.

In Cambridge, a floating bar did a roaring trade with the punters out on the River Cam and all those lining the banks. A weather front to the west of Ireland will bring high cloud to N. Ireland.

Cloud over the North Sea coastal areas, mainly over eastern Scotland, will spread back westwards but Tuesday will see another warm, dry day with plenty of sunshine for most though it will be cloudier in parts of the east at first.

People flocked to parks and beaches to enjoy the balmy conditions as 24.6C was also recorded in the village of Kinloss in north east Scotland on Monday.

After weeks of uncharacteristically cold temperatures and seemingly constant rain, the weather has finally chose to cheer up, with the Met Office forecasting sun all over the country today, albeit with a slightly cloudy start.

London on Saturday may see highs of 23C (73.4F), while on Sunday Manchester and Liverpool could be basking in 24C (75.2F).

Yesterday signalled the start of meteorological summer and also the warmest day of 2021 so far, with highs of 25.8C recorded in Cardiff.

Met Office forecasters said low cloud and mist in areas of the east coast would make it cooler than the rest of the country, with temperatures between 12C (53.6F) and 16C (60.8F).

Although a fine bank holiday is rare, the temperatures are not unusual for the time of year, with the mercury usually sitting in the high teens and low 20s by late May.

"It is just because of the weather we have been having that it will feel pretty warm", she said.

Wales, Scotland and the United Kingdom as a whole are now seeing May's average maximum temperatures in their 10 lowest ever recorded.

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