UK weather forecast: Polar plunge to bring coldest May Day Bank Holiday Monday for almost 40 YEARS with freezing -6C temperatures
A POLAR plunge is set to bring the coldest May Day Bank Holiday Monday for almost 40 years.
Temperatures will plummet to -6C in Scotland with snow and frost forecast over the weekend.
The mercury is set to drop to -5C on Friday and then -6C on Saturday over the border.
The coldest early May Bank Holiday temperature recorded since the holiday began in 1978 is -5.9C on May 7, 2012, at Kinbrace, Sutherland, Scotland, Met Office records show.
Met Office forecaster Mark Wilson said: “Cold air of Arctic and polar origin will arrive from Friday and through the Bank Holiday weekend.
“Forecasts can change. If high pressure had been over Scandinavia, we'd have had a southerly flow – but high pressure being to the west of the UK means a northerly flow, as winds blow clockwise around high pressure.
“Snow and slept could be seen on Friday and Saturday on the highest ground of the Peak District, Pennines and Scotland, with a small chance on the Chilterns.
“Widespread frost could be seen with -5C possible on Friday night and Saturday night in the North, with a low chance of -6C, with Sunday night a bit less cold with frost in places.
“Highs will be 11-12C in Scotland, but Sunday and Monday will be dry and sunny spells and will feel pleasant enough in the sunshine out of the breeze.”
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But it's not all doom and gloom this bank holiday as many parts of the UK are expected to see fine and dry weather for most of the Bank Holiday weekend.
BBC weather host Carol Kirkwood said we should expect thundery showers in the lead up to the weekend, but we won't all be hit by rain.
She said of tomorrow's forecast: "Many of us starting off on a dry note, some sunshine around, we have got some showers currently and we will see other showers develop through the course of the day."
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