THE last bank holiday before Christmas is fast approaching — and families up and down the country will want to make the most of it.
Key to planning your well-earned day off is knowing how the weather will be. Here’s the latest forecast to help you make your long weekend a memorable one.
The weather this bank holiday is shaping up to be a typically British mix of sunshine and showers[/caption]
What is the UK weather forecast for the August bank holiday?
This year’s August bank holiday will take place on Monday 27 August.
Forecasts for that day point to a typically British mix of sunshine and showers for many across Britain.
A North/South split will roughly divide the country — with more rain and wind in the North and sunnier spells in the South.
This will be the case throughout the long weekend as parts of the North West especially face heavy showers at times.
Even torrents of hail will thrash northern areas including Scotland, the North of England, northern Wales and Northern Ireland during unsettled weekend conditions.
High temperatures will struggle to get above the mid-teens Celsius.
Further South will see more settled weather with lighter winds and longer stretches of sunshine.
But it will still be cooler, with temperatures hovering around 19C to 20C from Saturday to Monday in the South East.
In its latest forecast, the Met Office said: “This weekend, many places will have sunshine and showers. These showers will be heavy at times, with a risk of hail and thunder particularly in the north, with sunnier spells in the southeast. It will be windy at times, and some more persistent rain may arrive from the west later on Sunday.
“For Bank Holiday Monday, it is most likely to be unsettled in the northwest, with longer spells of rain and some strong winds.
“Drier and brighter conditions are generally likely in the south and east. This northwest, southeast split is then quite likely to continue.
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Temperatures will start rather cool, but they will recover to around the seasonal average, with perhaps warmer conditions at times in the southeast.
“Drier weather may become more widely established into early September.”
Met Office Deputy Chief Meteorologist, Martin Young, added: “The cooler conditions will continue through the weekend and for some it’ll certainly feel quite different to what we’ve been used to this summer.
“The mornings especially will be quite chilly with temperatures locally in single figures and some of us in rural areas may even have a touch of frost overnight.”